Recreation and Leisure Ideas
Summer can be a great time to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but for many individuals with multiple disabilities, it can be difficult to have unstructured time or to engage with the outdoors in meaningful ways. In this issue, we are highlighting some activities that may be fun to try this summer.
A teenage boy rides a 3-wheeled bike.
One very important facet of a successful and fulfilling life is what we do for fun, recreation and leisure skills. There are very few activities that individuals with visual impairments or DeafBlindness cannot participate in if properly adapted. Moreover, the need for physical activity and ways to relax and restore the mind, body and spirit are key to a fulfilling life. Recreation and leisure activities utilize important fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, spatial relationships, and other skills important to development. They are often activities that lend themselves to interaction with others and can help to develop social and emotional skills. Additionally they help us to maintain healthy minds, bodies and spirits.
Recreation and Leisure skills are also part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and are an essential part of a well-rounded educational program for students with visual impairments.