Exercise at home videos for disabled children who are mobile with learning difficulties
These pages were created to provide exercise at home videos for our Leopards: children who are mobile with learning difficulties.
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 also helps control weight.
Improves strength which leads to better gross motor skills and more independent living.
Improves sleep which can be a big problem for many of our children.
Reduces fatigue and improves exercise tolerance so improving function and independence in every day tasks.
For those with Autism, exercise has resulted in marked improvements to numerous behavioural outcomes including stereotypical behaviours, social-emotional functioning, cognition and attention.
Many young people with syndromes, including the most common – Down Syndrome, can have low tone (floppiness) in their muscles which leads to difficulties with some higher level functions such as climbing or running or playing sports. Exercise leading to improved strength can negate the low tone and lead to improved function.
Fun home exercise videos for children who are mobile with learning 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 series may work for children with learning difficulties if you repeat them often.
This is a great series for keeping your younger children fit. There are some nice easy exercises which are well explained and demonstrated with lots of time to get it right. These are nice to do with your child.
This is a brilliant resource to teach yoga and mindfulness to smaller children. There are lots of great themes to keep it fun and engaging for children with all interests. They use 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.
This includes a very large series of videos. They have some fun songs and some easy to follow dance moves or you can just do your own thing. There is 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.
Joe Wicks is a popular fitness trainer. He does a live YouTube workout videos/PE classes for children at 9am, Monday to Friday. These are different every day so for children who need lots of stimulation and variety. If your child is better with routine, these are stored on his YouTube channel so you can choose one to repeat.
Here are a selection of suitable Our Home videos for Leopards
This obstacle course is suitable for those children who can crawl along the floor.
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.
Silly Socks and a bit of Boccia
We have created some fun easy to set up games. All you need are some socks!
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.