6 Adapted Workout Videos for Children with a Developmental Delay
Exercise has great physical benefits and adapted workout videos are a fun way to exercise. Exercise maintains cardiovascular health (preventing conditions like stroke and heart disease), boosts strength and gross motor skills and assists our bodies in managing blood sugar and insulin levels, which can help with weight control. In addition, exercise can help regulate our sensory and nervous systems, and boost mental health and self-esteem.
Because it’s not always possible to get out, exercising at home can be a nice option for our children with a developmental delay.
The Internet is a great place to start – there are lots of freely available exercise videos online, some of which are specifically aimed at children with additional needs. We share some of our favourites below.
Adapted Workout Videos for Developmental Delay
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.
This is a brilliant resource by Cosmic Kids is helpful 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.
Lucy includes drawings in her workout videos to add interest for children.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo 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. Over the first lockdown, Joe streamed a live “PE class” every week day for children to exercise along to. They are all available on his YouTube channel.