Exercise and your child with SEND during lock-down

We know the lockdown is difficult for many of us but it can be exceptionally hard if you have a child with an additional need who doesn’t understand social distancing, or wants to be outside more than once per day. Your child might:

  • Need to be able to exercise away from familiar people as they would not be able to social distance effectively
  • Need for more movement and exercise than we can safely sustain at home, due to sensory needs and/or hyperactivity
  • Need to be taken away from main roads, due to a lack of road safety
  • Need to follow exercise routine from pre-lockdown, due to heightened anxiety
  • Need to be in a quiet place to exercise, due to anxiety and/or sensory needs

The government guidance now says

“if you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area – then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day.”

Organisations working to support parent carers across Sussex, including Amaze, have written to the Chief of Sussex Police to ask that officers consider and follow this guidance. Attached is a link to a printable version of the guidance in case it is helpful for you to have this on you when you are out with your child. You could also mark this page as a favourite on your phone if you do not have a printer.

Letter – exercise and my child with SEND

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