The reality is physical therapy sucks, your kids with special needs will tell you that, and okay if they won’t fess up to that truth, I will. As a kid, I hated physio and anything that resembled it, but frankly what kid wouldn’t.
The reason kids hate therapy is because it looks like therapy and frankly, because being stretched, pulled and contorted against muscles that no matter how hard you will them to cooperate they simply won’t.
As an adult and even as a kid I understood it was needed, but that doesn’t mean I like it.
Make therapy fun
The trick is finding an activity that is a form of therapy like swimming or horseback riding and using that as well as traditional therapy. I did horseback riding for years as part of my gym program for schools. I would ride for an hour once a week and it was counted as part of my gym class. The point is I loved it and looked forward to going, and it didn’t feel like a form of therapy, even though I was benefiting from it physically and I think some of my classmates thought it was cool too. I know I have said it before, but in case you missed it, the gait of a horse closely mimics the natural gait of humans, thus it is a great form of therapy for kids with cerebral palsy who generally have poor balance.
I understand that not everyone has access to a hippo therapy program (the technical name for riding horses as a form of therapy. But if you want to make therapy more fun find an activity that they love that gets them active and they will then enjoy it more because it won’t feel like work. Swimming is also a good example of this. If you’re having fun and doing something you enjoy why does it need to be called therapy to have the benefits of therapy?
Do you have some creative forms of therapy in your life? I would love to hear about them in the comments below
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