Finally on Sunday we had Don Morgan present on From Disease to Health: Health Promotion Practices in Pediatric Neurologic Populations.
I’m going to give you the short version: kids need to have PT involved in wellness too. We need to attack this problem on 2 fronts: from the child and the parent. The parents need to encourage children to select activities which aren’t sedentary. Sedentary activities should include no more that 2 hours of a child’s daily activities. Then the therapist can assist the child in picking activities that they enjoy. Perhaps they don’t like basketball, but archery entices them. Therapists can also be a resource for community adapted sport for parents and kids who need adaptations to their physical activity time.
Basically, everyone– the elderly, the folks with neurodegenerative disorders and kids too– need to get up off the couch and MOVE!