All children are different and finding the activity they enjoy can take time. If your child has learning and / or physical disabilities it can take a bit longer to find the right activity for them.
If your child or young person has a physical difficulty, you could try these ideas to get you started with trying out some activities.
Try activities which encourage your child or young person to move their head or clap or shake their hands and wiggle their fingers. You can gently help them to do this, if they cannot do it by themselves and you can show them what to do by doing this yourself.
Think about the movement that your child or young person has and encourage, such as lifting their feet up and down or in and out or circle their arms. You could play some music to make it more fun.
Getting your child active doesn’t have to be expensive or need special equipment.
Explain games simply to your child – if your child finds understanding instructions harder you might need to repeat them a lot, use any communication aids your child finds helpful.
Look for activities that the whole family can enjoy. If being active is something they see you enjoying your child is more likely get in good habits too.
All of us are more likely to keep active if it is fun and something we enjoy. So use the things your child enjoys;
The Chief Medical Officer recommends how much exercise children and young people should be taking. Take a look at the guidelines below.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
Qwell provides free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults in Norfolk and Waveney from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
If your child attends school or an early years setting, talk to them about any concerns you may have, they can reassure you and / or help you find the right help.
Early Childhood and Family Service supports all Norfolk families with children under 5 years.
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