Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Helping Children With Disabilities Stay Active
Like all children, those with disabilities need to be as active as possible.
But children with disabilities are less likely to be physically active than other children. An inactive lifestyle for these children can lead to other problems, including:
Studies of children with various disabling diseases and conditions show that being active on a routine basis gives these children:
No matter what your child's limitations are, you can find ways to help him or her be as active as possible.
It is important for children with disabilities to be active and to get involved in sports or recreation programs if they are able.
If your child is not physically active, it's important to look at the things, or barriers, that are getting in the way. Barriers may include one or more of the following:
Think about the barriers that are keeping your child from being more active. Look for solutions. Talk to your child's doctor to find out what your child can safely do.
Some children with disabilities just may not have the desire to be physically active. If that's the case for your child, try these tips:
Other Works Consulted
Rice SG, Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, American Academy of Pediatrics (2008). Medical conditions affecting sports participation. Pediatrics, 121(4): 841–848.
July 20, 2011
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Genesis HealthCare System | 1-800-322-4762