Play to help your immobilized child when activities are limited (1997)

Key points below

When Activities Are Limited

(The Immobilized Child)

Your child’s movement and activities might need to be limited for a time. These ideas help keep your child growing and developing during this time. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor and Physical Therapist about activities to avoid and what to encourage.

Why is play important during this time?

Play can:

How can I help my child share and deal with feelings?

What activities will help my child grow?

Physical Growth
Toss a ball
Use a punching bag
Play “Simon Says”
Play with building blocks, model planes or cars
Stitching projects
Jewelry making

Social Growth
(Playing with friends)
Board games
Legos® or Duplos®
Computer games
Phone calls to family and friends
Study groups
Writing letters to friends

Brain Growth
(Imaginative Play)
Read books / letters
Journal or Story writing
Listen to stories or music
Jigsaw puzzles
Globes and maps
Word puzzles
Painting and Art
Dolls and plastic animals

Tips for playtime

Tips for the rest of the day

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.