FASD Awareness Month
National FASD is releasing daily actions that you can do to help spread FASD Awareness this month.
- Do something fun & active with someone with FASD – it’s National Fitness Day!
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National Fitness Day encourages people across the UK to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity.
It’s also a great reminder that for people with FASD, physical activity can be a great way to encourage self-regulation while also having fun. Doing something active also can be a great bonding time with family members and friends – a win-win!
Many people with FASD are super at sports and for many it’s a huge part of their lives. Our advisor Andy shares his love of football with younger kids as a volunteer (he even went to Uganda to do help coach!). You can learn more about Andy’s football volunteering here. Bailie is great at different kinds of sports. You can read about her love of sports here.
But Fitness Day isn’t about winning medals, it’s about being healthy and having fun.
Here are some things that people with FASD have found helpful. What helps you or your loved one?
Why not try some of these activities?
- Take a walk to the playground – swing on a swing or use fitness equipment if that is available
- Use a skipping rope
- Follow a yoga video
- Practice crossing the midline – watch the videos here
- Play catch with a ball or practice kicking a football
- Walk the dog together
- Rake some leaves
- Go for a ride on a scooter or bicycle
Most local areas have fitness activities for children, young people and adults with disabilities. These sorts of clubs are often better able to support someone with FASD. Contact your local council to see what they offer. If you don’t know how you contact your local council, you can search here by entering your postcode. (If you are in England, google your local area and ‘local offer’ and it will give you a list of activities for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.)
Make sure any clubs or teams are FASD-informed. If your child is part of a sports team, here is a postcard you can print and give to the coach to help them understand your child’s needs better.