Activities for Loved Ones with Special Needs
There are many fun activities that adults with intellectual and developmental special needs are able to do. Now that Covid19 restrictions have eased, more and more of us are spending our days in the sun and with loved ones.
- A nature stroll can be a great way to explore the great outdoors and get some fresh air – God knows we need it being stuck in doors all year don’t we?. You can set up scavenger hunts or encourage your loved ones to find animals such as birds and insects or trees and plants
- Camping is another option as being outdoors for a night can really centre one’s core. Don’t want to go to the forest? No problem. If you have a backyard you can set up tent there (you’ll be able to duck out of the tent for some ice cream that way)
Physical activity has been proven to improve family life, improved social life, enhanced quality of life, and better health for participants. If comfortable, some light sport such as a walking race, dancing and exercise classes may be suffice.
A few popular art activities include:
- Developing origami
- Beading activities
- Crafting with clay
- Creating paper mache
- Reusing and recreating
- Creative toys
- Decorating with paint
- Creating with fabric
- Music therapy also has proven benefits as it has been found to motivate action, captivate attention, bring joy, and offers success.
Activities keep everyone mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. Exercise, creating artwork and walking outdoors promotes self-esteem and brings back confidence. It is important to state that although these mentioned are all helpful, you are the one who gets to decide which one is suitable for you, even if that means not doing any activity. It is entirely up to you.