Home exercise videos for disabled children with behavioural and / or sensory difficulties.
This page includes lots of fun exercises and activities for our Leaping Leopards - disabled children with behavioural and / or sensory difficulties including Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders.
Exercise is beneficial to everyone’s general health – it helps with cardiovascular health, prevents things like stroke and heart disease, is great for self-esteem, releases endorphins so is good for mental health, help your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels and help control weight.
People with autism tend to have poorer muscles strength and endurance. Exercise provides opportunity to improve muscle strength and endurance to increase their function and participation.
For those with Autism, exercise has resulted in marked improvements to numerous behavioural outcomes including improved social and communication skills, stereotypical behaviours, social-emotional functioning, cognition and attention. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26823546)
For those with ADHD exercise can have the following benefits: ease stress and anxiety, improve impulse control and reduce compulsive behaviour, enhance working memory, improve executive function – (the set of skills required to plan, organise and remember details.)
Here we have put together a list of our favourite external resources for those who are mobile with behavioural and / or sensory difficulties.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) aim to improve the lives of individuals with Autism through Exercise.
This brilliant series goes through the many aspects of exercise, including some sensory integration information, to help you teach your child or young person with Autism how to exercise. It has some fabulous ideas, resources and demonstrations for you to tailor your exercises to your child. It is taught by 2 sport and disability experts and has 28 different videos.
Although not specifically adapted for disability, this is a great series for keeping your younger children fit. Some nice easy exercises well explained and demonstrated with lots of time to get it right. This would be a nice one to do with your child.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
A brilliant resource to teach yoga and mindfulness to smaller children. Lots of great themes to keep it fun and engaging for children with all interests. Nice simple instructions so this may also work for some older children with learning difficulties.
This uses drawings and lots of artwork to make this workout interesting for toddlers.
Large series of videos. Fun songs and some easy to follow dance moves or just do your own thing. Something for any child’s taste.
This channel boasts “healthy music for a child’s heart, body and mind”. It is aimed at toddlers and pre-school children with lots of songs to sing and dance along to. Lovely simple movements so easy to follow or just freestyle dance to.
Here are a selection of suitable Our Home videos
Silly Socks and a bit of Boccia
Lucy Lost-it has created some fun easy to set up games. All you need are some socks!
This video has lots of ideas of games to keep your child moving and work their fine motor skills using tape at home.
Stealthy Ways for Handwashing
This video contains tips on how to ‘stealth handwash’ whilst still having fun with various kitchen or household props. And also how to pimp up our liquid pumps to make it more fun for children.
This obstacle path is a great way to get your child jumping and moving. You may also find your neighbours join in! Use tape to make this course inside the home.
This video is suitable for mobile children. You can create the laser string quest anywhere in your home and make it as big or small or as easy as you like!
The scavenger hunt is really simple and easy to set up. It can be adapted to suit any disability and household.