There is no general rule or norm to follow when working with children faced with developmental disabilities. Each special child has his own distinct mind-to-body connection which must be dealt with differently from other children with special needs. Body movements in children with developmental disability go hand in hand with their level of awareness, their balance capacity and spatial recognition of what surrounds them. It is important to strengthen these aspects of their physical condition before any other type of learning is introduced.That is why parents, caregivers and teachers working with children with developmental disabilities focus much on working to increase a child’s physical balance, developing physical strength and proper coordination prior to developing their social, mental and emotional faculties. The proper development of the latter depends much on how well balance, strength and coordination improve during regular therapy.Through various studies and years of specialized research, it has been noted that special movement games are very effective in offering opportunities for these children to practice self-regulation. These movement games were also successful in pushing the children to develop their stamina and resistance with gross motor activities.Yoga has also been used as a model – children with developmental disabilities are taught to achieve balance through certain yoga poses and the same has been used to increase strength in their muscles as well as develop their ability to carry out symmetrical movements.Both movement games and yoga poses instilled some form of patterning to effect progress among these children with special needs. And while these techniques had shown great success in developmental disability therapy, continued research is done to explore other methods to provide the fitness needs of these special children.There are studies currently done involving music into the therapy routine as certain types of music have been observed to encourage balance and rhythmic stimulation. These are incorporated into smooth fluid motion exercises that emphasize on symmetry and self-regulation, which are the most important needs of children with developmental disabilities.
School is a part of growing up every person should go through. If you are a parent with a child clinically proven to have developmental disabilities, do not lose hope. They can still experience childhood as another child without disabilities would. There are many government and local laws that support their right to education, and as a parent you need to be aware of those regulations to be guided. Apart from knowing the laws regarding education for your child, look for non-profit organizations dedicated to children and adults with disabilities in your location. Having a short talk with them can open your eyes to all the possibilities you can give your child.As your child becomes a young adult, they need to be guided in all aspects of their lives. An organization that offers well-rounded education and a freedom of choice is an ideal option for your child. A number of non-profit organizations in the country offer pre-school and community school services for children with disabilities. They work with local government offices to help them maximize their efforts and create more opportunities for children. One example is the early intervention services implemented for children ages 0-3 and special education for children ages 3-21. Because of these efforts, children were able to enter public school programs as pre-schoolers since they meet the eligibility criteria.There is another kind of pre-school program that combines children with and without disabilities in one classroom. The interaction happening in this setup between peer groups creates a mentoring system among the children, helping them foster both social and educational growth. The introduction of children with autism to children without developmental disabilities in their early education prepares the children with autism for the next stage of their education, kindergarten classes. Before you let your child experience this, ensure that your chosen organization gives their students one-to-one and group instruction, and with a curriculum approved by the Department of Education in your state.Apart from pre-school services, non-profit organizations for children with disabilities also have community schools that provide educational services for those who would like to receive it or for those who are unable to attend offsite schooling. Students attending in such community schools must receive a goal-oriented and modified school curriculum promoting development and learning while meeting the academic content standards of your state.Your chosen community school must provide educational services from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Students must have the following in their areas of study: English language arts, science, math, and social studies. Schools would usually expose their students to grade-appropriate curriculum by means of adaptive equipment, multimedia, and a multidisciplinary staff.These schools allow your child to engage in a multitude of activities to stimulate their development. Children with disabilities will be able to have access to the playground, pool room, sensory walk, and multisensory room. Their daily schedules incorporate the abilities and skill level of your child.Coordinating with your local government can give you more information about the options available for your child. Many parents have fought for their children’s rights to education in the hopes of giving them a better future. Their efforts have made it easier for children with developmental disabilities today.