Exercise, Play and Sensory Integration for Disabled Children with Stephanie Wheen

We all know the benefits of exercise. But as we look at the world around us, the opportunities for people with disabilities to exercise is extremely limited.

Playgrounds, swimming pools, climbing walls, trampoline parks etc are all great facilities for children to exercise, build confidence, improve balance and coordination. Many now provide sessions for children with additional needs. However, some parents have tried these activities only to find out that they are not entirely inclusive.

Stephanie Wheen, CEO and Founder of Gympanzees, joins Dale today to discuss ‘Exercise, Play and Sensory Integration for Disabled Children’. We talk about:

  • How play and exercise help develop physical skills
  • What is our sensory system and how does play and exercise effect it? 
  • What are the problems caused by a lack of exercise for children with physical and sensory disabilities?
  • How can exercise and play improve development, independence and quality of life for children with physical and non-physical disabilities?

There are small changes that can be applied which will make a massive difference to the lives of children with disabilities. Listen to hear top tips on how they can be applied at home, at school or in the community. 

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Stephanie Wheen

About Stephanie Wheen

Stephanie is a highly specialised paediatric physiotherapist who has been in the industry for 20 years. She set up Physio for Children Ltd in Bristol. She is also the founder and CEO of the multi-award-winning charity, Gympanzees, providing services for disabled children and young people. The charity has now launched a multi-million-pound appeal to build the UK’s first, fully inclusive play and exercise centre in Bristol.   

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