Most of the suggested solutions for children with autism and their accompanying ailments (like seizures) are usually pharmaceutical in nature and expensive. You could be inadvertently paying for negative side effects, rather than improvement to your child’s quality of life. Try some of these natural solutions for children with autism instead.
Stretching is more than just a way to warm up or cool down from a workout. It’s also a wonderful grounding exercise, placing your child firmly in their body and in the present. This is something you can do along with your child, leading by example. Here are some simple stretches you can do together:
● Standing toe touch
● Sitting toe touch
● Sitting with one leg outstretched, touching one foot
● Sitting with both legs outstretched, in opposite directions, touching both feet
● Making hands touch behind the back
● Making hands touch behind the back, one arm over the shoulder, one arm under the
Behavioral outbursts are common among children with autism because they have a hard time communicating their uncomfortable feelings. Similar to the benefits of stretching, core exercises can help your child feel more connected to their center of gravity. They can feel more secure during the exercise and in the following days. Twists with a medicine ball, partner sit ups, and swinging are fun ways to strengthen the core.
Children with #autism can have hyperactive outbursts, playful moods that can sometimes be misconstrued. To help your child better ration their energy, make time for active play, like tag, jumping on a trampoline, swinging, swimming, or anything else they might enjoy. Making time for active play can also keep your child calm in instances where they should be sitting still and learning something new in school. It’s a fun way to help your child grow and reach their highest potential!
Knowing Personal Limits
When it comes to the body, it’s easy to overestimate its abilities, especially for a child with autism. Exercise is great for bringing your child into their own body, but it’s also a way they can get hurt if they’re not aware of their own limitations. To help with this, you can remind your child the names of all their body parts, and maybe even present them with a pain chart (the one where faces represent different levels of pain), so you can help them voice when something hurts or when they need a break.
#Medicalcannabis or #CBD can help your child with autism in a number of ways. It alleviates anxiety, stress, and physical pain, and it helps them fall asleep and get better rest. Even better, CBD has been known to reduce (or even stop) seizures. Unlike marijuana, CBD has no psychoactive qualities, so you don’t have to worry about your child getting “high” or facing any other negative sideeffects. It only has good things to offer your child!
If you want to learn more about improving your child’s health, contact us about our Care Plan or contact Special Strong about a specialized fitness plan.
Daniel Stein, NASM, NFPT, ACSM CIFT-CPT Certified Special Strong Trainer, Autism Fitness Trainer, & TRX Trainer
Founder & Special Needs Personal Trainer