Getting ASD Kids Active

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Registered: 04-26-2010
Getting ASD Kids Active
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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 7:51am

My ASD daughter's special interests are writing and bands. Both sitting activities. She is home schooled so I have to provide PE for her. Unfortunately she quit soccer after 12 seasons. I have had a little bit of luck with bike riding with her. She will ride on flat trails and some neighborhood streets. But that so far is her only activity to get her off her butt.

What are you doing with your ASD kids to get them active? I could use some suggestions.

Laurie

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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 8:33am

It seems that swimming is a common thread here. Mine used to love swimming and we couldnt get her out of the pool. But a few years ago that changed and now she wont swim. But then I have a glimmer of hope. She was talking to her sister about which YMCA she likes best and she said the nearby one has a nicer pool. So maybe just maybe I can get her into that pool. We have a pool in the backyard that I work hard all summer cleaning and treating but no one in my family goes in it. Such a waste.

I really appreciate all the ideas here. Hopefully with trying different things I can get her interested in something.

Laurie

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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 8:26am

Hi. I have a corgi too. He is huge. Like twice the size as a normal corgi. I love him so much but he isnt the active dog we wanted. He has a dog walker twice a week and they can get him to walk an hour if its cool out. He hates heat. I can get him to do a half hour walk if its cool out and we go someplace fun like a hike and swim. Other than that he sits in the middle of a walk and refuses to move anymore.

My daughter has sleep issues too because of ghosts. But her and her sister bring that on themselves. They love A Haunting and Ghost Hunters and they hide around corners and scare each other. But now my aspergers daughter has to sleep with lights on. Maybe I should make the corgi sleep with her.

Thanks for the ideas.

Laurie

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 1:02pm

We adopted a 6yo dog.

                                

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 12:56pm

I don't know how you chose your screen name, but it's very descriptive of our former house rules "don't walk in the house -- please run! My AS kids have always been under-active (my NT's are hyper-active), so my AS kids have rarely found pleasure in activities where any amount of energy had to be expended.

We got a dog a few years ago thinking it'd be good for the kids' anxieties, moods, energy, etc. As much as the kids had been begging for a dog, though, they never want to play with her and only walk her under duress when it's their turn to walk the dog. And they take the SLOWEST walks ever.

So far the only thing that consistently interests my AS kids that is remotely physical is Wii Fitness Plus. My AS ds actually even ENJOYS the running activity. It may not be the best physical activity, but I don't have to fight them to do it (like I have to do when they walk the dog, go to the pool, etc). You could get some Wii dancing activities if that's more appealing to your dd.

You might also check out some therapy catalogs like therapro.com or abilitations.com to look for ideas for in-home activities (such as indoor swings, hopper balls, etc) that might appeal to your dd.

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 12:08pm

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 10:46am

Did you get a puppy?

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 9:30am
We have a treadmill that he can walk on and watch extra tv. We set a limit of screen time - 2 hours each day on the weekend and none during the week except for walking on the treadmill. He has been doing since he was 4, he is now 13.
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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 8:42am

We recently got a dog and we do a dog walk every evening.

                                

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 8:02am

DS need to move- it helps him stay regulated.