The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all. Whilst families are working out how to provide some level of structure during home schooling, parents of children on the spectrum will have to tackle additional obstacles to keep their children happy and engaged. We at First Bridge Centre are committed to continuing to support our families through these difficult times.
One way that you can structure your day is to schedule time for daily activity. The National Health Service (NHS) recommends that kids be active for at least 60 minutes per day. Regular daily activity not only helps with your child’s overall physical health but has been shown to increase attention and engagement in subsequent activities (e.g. The Daily Mile).
Here are some fun ways that you can increase your child’s physical activity whilst social distancing or self-isolating:
- Log onto fitness guru Joe Wicks’ YouTube® channel each day at 9AM starting on Monday 23rd March for a free physical education class for children
- Have your children help out with tidying up around the house, and encourage them to carry heavy objects to be put away
- Put on some of your favourite music and have a family dance party
- Dust off the Wii and start a Wii sports competition
- If you are not self-isolating, visit one your local National Trust gardens or parklands that are still open and free to the public. Remember to practice appropriate social distancing guidance whilst there.
- Have an indoor game of Hide & Seek or The Floor is Lava
- Try out one of the NHS’ 10 Minute Shake Up games
- Test your endurance with a free 25 minute workout for kids from Fitness Blender
These times are difficult but is important for all of us to keep our spirits high, and how better than to work up a sweat with the family! Best of luck!
By Susan Tirella, BCBA