Some children may not be able move the way most children do naturally. Due to mobility issues, children may find it difficult and feel insecure or intimidated to live in an environment not so friendly to the disabled. Due to this, they may even withdraw from socializing with other kids, playing games etc.
The challenge of creating an active lifestyle for children with mobility issues is not easy because their movements are limited. By limited, I mean they may have limited ability to walk or feel pain while walking.
Children with impaired senses of sight and hearing need to be accompanied by adults most of the time. They do not need to be in a wheelchair, scooter, and walking aid to be classified as children with mobility issues.
The good news is that, they still can socialize and have fun with other kids despite their mobility issues. After all, playtime with other kids is the best time for their physical and emotional development. It is important that physically challenged children play and mingle with the others.
As mentioned, it is challenging to incorporate games to children with mobility issues, but guess what? “Challenging” does not equate to “impossible.” In fact, there are usual and commonly-played games that can be adjusted to their limits and abilities. Bowling and basketball, for instance, are lively and thrilling games that can be played both by disabled and able children.
The basketball game can be done indoors and the basketball ring can be mounted lower than the standard ten feet from the ground so children with mobility issues can fully enjoy the game. Or if done outdoors, the basketball ring can be custom-made in accordance with the height of the wheelchairs.
Parlor and party games also bring joy to both disabled and able children, and the games may include Treasure Hunt Game, Touch The Color Game, Bring Me Game, and The Boat is Sinking Game, to name a few.
The mentioned games do not require any unusual or hard-to-source materials, or do not ask for a special location or setting. Aside from it can be played just anytime, the games allow all children to get involved, may they be disabled or not. By letting the children feel the joy and thrill of having an active lifestyle through games and activities, it will definitely have a huge impact on the development of their minds and body.
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