ERIC Number: ED313883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Recreation for Children with Learning Disabilities.
Ripley, Suzanne; Cvach, Peggy A.
The article looks at the role of play and recreation in the lives of children with learning disabilities and suggests ways parents can help integrate such children into recreation and sports programs. The importance of three systems of support--the family, the school, and the peer group--is stressed. Parents are urged to work toward providing the peer group support and camaraderie of group recreation. Parents are also encouraged to list the child's greatest weaknesses and then identify activities where these weaknesses woul not be noticed. It is recommended that parents who volunteer to lead groups should "stack the deck" in favor of learning disabled children by enabling them to avoid the parts of a group activity that would expose their weaknesses while assigning them other roles that would utilize their strengths. Other ways parents can help is by initiating a new group activity in which all participants are equally inexperienced, having the child practice well in advance for activities requiring tryouts, and having the child try out for activities with few competitors. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Learning Disabilities Project, McLean, VA.