An active and playful life is an integral part of every child’s universe, including different kinds of sports, outdoor activities or just playing outside with their mates. It helps them grow and socialize in a healthy environment, also leaving out problems like overweight and obesity. But, there are always exceptions. This isn’t applicable to all children, there are those living with several restraints in life without having it chosen, just like autism. But if we are persistent enough, we can do the impossible.
There are some positive and negative aspects of living with autism.
Estimate the current physical form of your child
Many exercises can help to check the current physical shape and improvement of a child with autism. You can use the help of personal trainers or set up the working-out atmosphere at home. This is very useful because, often, there are specific issues in a child’s posture and behavior which have to be corrected which can lead to its having more self-confidence and a better self-image.
Use some stretching up exercises to see if they can follow your positions and movements or do some jumping jacks, it is always fun. For some more activity, play some slow-paced music and ask them to repeat dance moves. That will make them more relaxed and aspire to cooperate.
Bring innovations in your working-out time
For kind with autism, it is essential for you to bring changes in your exercising occasionally. Repeating what is already done and learned won’t bring any progress and will distract the child from exercising. It can result in lacking motivation, so you have to bring in various types of exercises that will have mental as well as a physical effect on your child’s health.
This is an excellent opportunity for children to explore their balance or teaching them new moves. You can use this fundamental notion to help children recognize how balance is essential to every aspect in life, be it an example of kick or jump in sports, or a characteristic necessary to everyday life.
Karate can assist in teaching some valuable social skills, encouraging persistence and self-confidence while, on another side, awakens the feelings of modesty and respect towards others.
There are specific martial arts programmes adapted for children with these needs or if there are not any in your surrounding you can take private classes or instruct yourself to help your child.
Make exercise list for keeping up with a progress
Help children recognize their own development and maintain the feeling of motivation and most of all, emphasize the importance of goals which will preserve continuity necessary for improvement. Make the children participate in writing the lists. Make a kid with autism feel required for this task, ask them to provide their own ideas.
It is essential for them to visualize the progress in their mind, so let them draw something on the lists or use colorful sticky notes and crayons, so it has a lively appearance. This will make them proud of themselves for they had their own contribution to this mutual task.
Utilize well-known objects that will cherish the feeling of closeness
When you live with autism, don’t waste your energy and money on buying some expensive equipment. It may just distract children. Instead, seek for familiar objects that might have some sentimental value, might create the feeling of security and warmth and thus make them stay on their way. Use their toys as equipment, kitchen items that are secure, cushions or anything that will also, be fun for them and what they will enjoy doing.
Get collective consciousness about problems with autism
Educate yourself about this health issue for you can help other parents and people suffering from this to fight the problem of obesity with autism spectrum. Find the best manners to promote the idea how exercising is essential for them and how it can, actually, be an integral part of their normal functioning. This can be quickly spread in your surrounding emphasizing the support which may be the only factor missing and showing that restraints could be overcome.
Forget about withdrawal
From the very beginning, you have to be aware of all those emotions that children with autism might involve: lack of motivation, passiveness, aggression, changes in mood, etc. Also, they can often feel exhausted and have their attention drawn to something else. There may be hard times, but it is essential to keep the goals in mind all the time for they will get you through this hardship.
Find the best ways to minimize all the thing from your surrounding stressing them or feeling insecure and undesirable. Make your home a happy, safe place, drop out all the unwanted devices and items and involve friends and family in providing support.
Pay attention to senses
There is a proprioceptive system that makes us conscious of our movements and body position, and it has to have appropriate functioning. It helps us to do all the physical work, such as climbing the stairs or assessing the speed necessary to make a jump. It also helps with some other motor skills such as lifting the glass of water or drawing a picture. Certain obstacles within this scope of the issue produce difficulty with learning new motor skills, being clumsy, non-verbal communication, or movements repeated obsessively.
There is a problem with sight where some children find it difficult to focus due to flashing lights and where is a lot of side movement involved. So, if you practice in the gym find a place with natural light, if possible, and where isn’t a lot of people moving and jumping and making you procrastinate with your work. If you practice at home, you can make your working-out atmosphere more comfortable, such as adjusting the lights, turning off devices that will make a distraction and have a place just for yourself. Later, when you have overcome this weakness, you can move to the gym and try to adapt to different conditions necessary for improvement.
Another problem is related to hearing where loud music in gyms might make children uncomfortable and uneasy with themselves. Music may be the best motivation but get to know your child’s behavior under these circumstances and adjust the area to those needs. Later, you can include some relaxing or quiet music to your work-out to bring some more fun and change the speed of an exercise.
Also, a touch might be one of the stressors while working out, which can be discovered while practicing in the gym. Use this circumstance to explore all the possible reasons that affect the progress of your child and then make your own working-out conditions. Because some children might be sensitive to the touch of specific materials.
Finally, the smell can also represent an obstacle. Sweat is natural but the smell in the gym might create a problem for children being highly sensitive. It is necessary to have a flow of fresh air and ventilation all the time, so if it is possible to consider demanding such conditions or at least having a window open to eliminating all those natural bodies smells that might prevail. And try avoiding any artificial air fresheners that will cause only more of awkward smells.
Provide your own programmes and leave out expensive ones
There is always an option to provide the necessary help to your child without considering to spend a lot of money. Instead, educate yourself and find the most natural ways and supplements, spend more time with your child and dedicate yourself to it will make more efficient instead of some expensive items. However, it is better to save the money for some costly physical therapy that might be required as one of the ways to provide assistance.
Keep your goals in mind
Everything takes time, so teach yourself to gain control anytime you fail to progress. If your child gets exhausted of so much exercising, the best way to continue is to keep being active by little playing, walking or frequently visiting a park. Involve friends in activities and playing, ask your child to help you in the garden or some easy housework, it will make him busy and engaged and active. Play some music and dance, make it fun, but just stay on the track without looking backward. Some progress always has to be made so keep that in mind before you want to give up. It is never too late to change somebody’s life.