Sport for disabled

Krystal - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ok, my son Jullian has a very MILD form of CP. He only requires a brace on his leg and aminor surgery this summer. I feel it would be beneficial for him to play a sport because they would require him to stretch and work the muscle he has trouble with but my son is very . . . feminine. Very sensitive, just about anything can make my little one cry. Should I stick with a sport like gymnastics - on a team but no contact?

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Sherry - posted on 02/10/2010

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darts and archery can also help with muscle tone and hand/eye coordination but may not be appropriate for his age.. something to think about though for when he's a little older-- like 8 or 9

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Gymnastics would be awesome for him, as it would probably augment any physical therapy that you guys may already be doing.

I was actually going to recommend soccer. Growing up, I had a friend with mild CP, and he played soccer from a very young age all the way up to high school, where he played on the JV team. It actually helped him lots. So if your son is up to a team sport in a few years, maybe you want to try soccer!

Andrea - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi Krystal,
I also have a son who is diagnosed with the mild or "high functioning" form of CP you're describing. We recently got him started on horse back riding which had been highly recommended by his physical therapist. He loves horses and it's been wonderful to watch him interact with the horse and the trainer and as Rikki said before there are always people walking beside the horse while he's on it. My son is 4 and something of a ladies' man so he totally loves all the attention he gets from the handlers and the trainer while he's on his horse.
With regards to the swimming I too have been told that we should look into starting him with classes because summer swimming alone is not enough, so that's going to be our next step. Do you think your son reacts to the temperature of the water? Maybe if you took him into a heated pool that felt more like bath water he might be calmer.What do you think?
Also, if you don't mind sharing : What surgery are you considering for him?
Looking forward to hearing more about you guys :)

Krystal - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hey Rikki, I actually thought about horseback riding (I already have a horse) and he shows interest in wanting to see him and feeding him "treats" but when it comes to getting him to get closer to pet him he acts really intimidated. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Katie I may look into swimming lessons but not too sure. Out of ll of my kids he is the complete opposite. He is scared of water. I have tried taking him in a pool (holding him the whole time) to show him that there is no way I would let something happen to him but no such luck.

Katie - posted on 02/10/2010

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You might give a dance thought there are many dance classes.. Or swimming classes as well..

Rikki - posted on 02/10/2010

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sorry 4 my bad spelling too my son is not a happy bub today and im writing in a hurry
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Rikki - posted on 02/10/2010

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i think both of them are great ideas you may want to look in to horse riding too they have some great schools out there for children with disabilitys it realy gets there body moveing...dont worry the horses are all very well trained and have ppl walking them at all times and spical saddles but its a realy great sport for kids they bond with the horses and make a good friend for life :)

Chloe - posted on 02/10/2010

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hey i think strating off with gymnastics frist be good then work way up to team sport. see what your son would like to do good luck

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