Caring for people with special needs during the circuit breaker period – AutismSTEP
SINGAPORE – Parents can find safe ways to organise physical activities at home during the circuit breaker period if their children with developmental needs enjoy going outdoors.
Dr Koh Hwan Cui, principal psychologist at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s department of child development, encourages parents to consider their children’s interests and strengths when planning activities for them.
For example, they can have obstacle races or get the children to dance to music, she says.
If the children do not want to take part in a new activity, parents can take the lead by doing it first and showing them it can be enjoyable, says Dr Koh.
For example, if the kids do not want to exercise, parents can go ahead with the exercise and continue doing it for a week. This shows the children they are also committed to exercising in the stay-at-home schedule.
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