Updated: May 27, 2019
A child has a natural instinct to play and learn, make sure they have the opportunity to play everyday.
Young children need an hour of freestyle play daily. Playing in a park/ play area helps them explore their physical capacities, and helps significantly in development. Children of the pre-school age group, require an hour of focused physical play like a sport/ dance. Children 6 to 12 benefit from coached sport or exercise. Cycling, swimming, skating, running, gymnastics can all be extremely beneficial to children in the areas of reducing hyperactivity and promoting learning, and development.
“ Sports can keep hyperactivity under control, regulate appetite, and normalise sleep patterns."
Athletics, a simple sport with simple rules is a good choice, also easiest to find coaches and classes for athletics.
Swimming can be a good option during the warmer climates, important to find trained coaches, also extra care is required for special needs teens with epilepsy.
Gymnastics can bring a great flexibility coupled with fun, and fulfil a need for movement in autistic children who are vestibular.
The climbing, swinging and balance activities are a winner with highly autistic teens.
Yoga, a rigorous practice done under a trained teacher can be of great benefit, creating calm and balance.
A challenge to parents is this, give your child an hour of sport, followed by a light and healthy snack, and try teaching your child something new, and observe the ability to grasp, the attention span improved after the play.