A study found that children with autism are more likely to be sedentary than their typically developing peers. Children with autism spend fewer hours engaging in physical exercise and spend more time sitting than do their typical peers. The research also discovered that autistic children are just as capable to engage in physical activities as their peers, but that they are not participating. The study did not cite or give any reasons for the children’s lack of involvement in physical activities. This news can be disconcerting for parents of children with special needs, as they would like to see their children involved in sports, or some type of physical activity.
Some of our toys could be used for physical activities such as our Rib-it-Ball and our Zorp Rocket. Both of these products are great for outdoor fun. They can be taken to the park, the pool, or even in the backyard. Make outside time fun and exciting. Some ideas for outside fun could be a scavenger hunt, riding bikes around the block while looking for specific things, or playing ball in a park. Make the fun new and novel.