PE and Playtime
Physical Education (PE) at school can be challenging for some children with SMA, but with support and imagination your child’s teacher should be able to make it inclusive. You can talk to your child’s teacher about strategies for including them in PE as being included will help to raise their self-esteem and confidence. Your child's physio might be able to suggest appropriate activities for your child.
MDUK’s Education Guidelines, Chapter 11 explores options for PE:
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) run courses for teachers on inclusive PE (see Resources for Schools).
Your child needs to be included in physical activity at playtime too as this is often where friendships are formed and reinforced. Talk to your child’s teacher / SENCO about how any plans for including your child in playground activities is progressing and of course ask your child, ‘How was playtime today?’, ‘Who did you play with today?’ to see what’s happening from their point of view.
MDUK’s Education Guidelines, Chapter 12 explores Managing Playtime: www.musculardystrophyuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Chpt12-Managing-playtime.pdf
Page last reviewed / updated: March 2021
Next review due: March 2022