Play for children with disabilities
Dr. Chitra Sankar
Play is especially important for children with physical or mental disabilities. Such
children are marginalized for lack of adequate facilities in schools, play grounds and
public places. This further isolates them and makes them invisible, depriving them of
developmental benefits of play that they need even more than other children. As they
are not seen much in public places, their needs and necessities are not understood or
empathized by others.
Being with other children gives them the desire to participate, interact and belong,
which in turn motivates them to overcome their challenges. It improves their
behavior, mood, cooperation, self-esteem and confidence.
If you have a child with special needs:
• Do take your child out to play in parks and playground as much as possible
• Build his language and communication
• Provide opportunities and facilitate physical, mental, language and socioemotional
development
• Teach the child self-help skills
• Foster self-esteem and confidence
• Sensitize others to the special needs of your child
• Provide a supportive environment, so that your child can accomplish most
things that other children do
• Become an advocate for your child and his/her rights