Home sport activities for children with disabilities and behavioural and/or sensory difficulties including those with Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder.
We call these children and young people our Leaping Leopards. This page gives loads of ideas to bring sport into your home.
Sport is a great way to get exercise, and is known to boost confidence and improve self-esteem as well as improving strength and stamina. Sports are often played in teams but the skills in the sport can be practised at home and can be very enjoyable. If you have several children, we have given some ideas of sports they can play together. However, many can also be played with just you and your child or your child on their own.
Home sports are a great opportunity for children with disabilities to let off some steam.
Home Sport ideas for children with disabilities and behaviour and/or sensory difficulties.
Using Balloons, crumpled paper or a pair of socks to make your ball sports more home friendly
You can set up a volleyball court with a piece of string between 2 walls in a corridor or between 2 chairs. The aim is to make the balloon/ ball touch the floor on your opponent’s side of the string. A corridor is great for this if your child has less accurate arm function as the walls keep the balloon in reach.
If your child has better hand/ eye coordination, put the 2 chairs with the string further apart so they have to run around more to retrieve the balloon.
Set up 10 bowling pins in a triangle shape – use loo roll inners or empty plastic bottles if you don’t have skittles.
Try to knock over all the skittles. See how many tries it takes to knock them down.
Get further away from the skittles as your child improves.
This is a fabulous and fully inclusive sport similar to Bowles.
See our video which explains how to play the game.
Dribble a balloon around the house using a broom stick. You could set up an obstacle course with chairs and a goal at the end for a single child game.
You could adapt it by keeping the balloon/ ball up in the air while they make their way around the house towards the goal.
Make an obstacle course which your child needs to dribble around – depending on their skills, they could go around objects or furniture or even try to go over objects with the ball.
Try getting from one end of the house, up the stairs and onto a bed with the ball.
You could have stations along the way – for example – kick 5 times against the wall, do 3 keepy uppys, do 5 squats, turn around on the spot etc.
Use empty tissue boxes on your child’s feet to slide around the floor. Challenge them to spin or slide on 1 leg.
You could try using more tissue boxes on their hands to pretend to be an ice-skating bear.
This great series Tennis at Home done by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) provides simple ideas to practice your tennis skills in your back garden or in a room with a few meters of space. If you don’t have a tennis racket you can still try these games with a fly swatter, any other kind of bat, a roll of wrapping paper or a broom. You could use socks, a balloon or scrunched up paper instead of a ball.
This mini series gives some fun activities to do at home which are loosely rugby focused. You don’t need a rugby ball and most of their activities use things you can find around the house. Some are indoor, some are outdoor.
This video gives some lovely and very challenging ideas of what to do with a ball to improve your ball handling skills at home.
Here are a selection of suitable Our Home videos for Leaping Leopards
This obstacle course is suitable for mobile children.
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.
This video give loads of great ideas for using tape for loads of games which will work gross and fine motor skills.
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.