Posted: December 3, 2015
Finding an activity that we can enjoy is important to help balance our life between work (or school) and play. Participating in activities can create passion and allow us to escape the daily duties we may face. Children with special needs can find it hard to participate in activities for various reasons. They may pick activities that they may not be curious about because they lack the resources for the ones they want to pursue. Every child needs an enjoyable activity that can they can escape too and become passionate about. With today’s technology and developments, there are a wide range of adaptive equipment options for a lot of activities or sports that allow special needs individuals to participate in. Explained below are 5 adaptive equipment options that may work for your child and help them find an activity they can enjoy.
Tricycles are a fun way to get outside and get active. Not all special needs children can ride a regular tricycle though. Adapted tricycles, like those listed here, can help a child enjoy a tricycle. There are many forms to fit a wide range of needs. These can help your child get outside and get some excise too.
Many people enjoy fishing and the calmness of waiting for a catch. Fishing might interest your child and can be a great activity for them to try. You don’t even have to travel far to enjoy this activity. A lot of parks have fishing areas with docks. There are also a lot of adaptive equipment to help make this activity possible or easier for individuals with special needs. There are a wide range of products including fishing harnesses for sitting and standing. There are also products to help those who can’t grip the rods well. Click here to see some products that could help your child fish.
Golfing is another activity that can be hard for children with special needs. It may be present a challenge to grip the club or even pick up the ball. There are many options for individuals who need a little more help enjoying the sport. There are specialized clubs for golfers who are in wheelchairs and even a specialized putter that picks up the ball for you. You can check out this site to see all the options and even learn about adaptive golf organizations.
It is always hard to get out doors in the winter, but if you have a fun winter hobby, it could be easier. Skiing is a great way to enjoy the snow and there are ways for special needs individuals to be enjoy it as well. There are mono-skis and bi-skis to make it possible. They may just work for your child and create a new hobby.
Kayaks are hard for a lot people, especially those with special needs. This doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy it though. There are many adaptive qualities that can be done to kayaks to make it easier for special needs individuals. From adaptive seats to adaptive paddles, there are options for a wide range of needs. Click here to see one site that offers adaptions.
Activities, hobbies, and sports play a huge part in any child’s life. Children with special needs may feel that they can’t try the activities they are interested in. With some research and patience, you could find resources that will allow your child to participant in certain activities. Riding a tricycle, playing a round of golf, or etc. can become possible with adaptive equipment. We hope with the 5 examples of activities with adaptive equipment, your child may be able to try one or two and find a new passion. If you know of any adaptive equipment for fun activities that you would like to share, submit them through a comment.
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