MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A new study just released found that adults with special needs aren't doing enough during the day.
In fact, when surveyed, their families said many weren't involved in any sort of routine vocational or educational activities.
And, that's not a good thing, according to the experts because activities can help with social skills, behaviors, sleep, social integration and maintaining and improving all skills. Physical activity also helps maintain weight, range of motion and keeps overall health in better condition.
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile runs an adult day program. Adults with special needs come daily for arts and crafts, community field trips, social interaction, skills work, you name it.
Programs like UCP's aren't as common as experts say they should be. Funding is an issue in many cases. But, these types of programs are so important.
"Whether it's a program that they go to every day or a program they can go to once a week or once a month or whatever; whether it's just going out to a bowling league or it's going to skating with a group of peers, that's something that they need to do", explains Matrisza Wallace, the Director of UCP's Adult Day Program.
Wallace says all adults with special needs, if possible, should be involved in some type of activity. She says anything, including a program once or twice a week, a summer program or even a respite program should be the goal. It's good for the adults with special needs to be involved in something, and it's also good for their caregivers to have some time to themselves.
Finding the right fit, as with any type of program for our loved ones, can be daunting. So, here are some resources you can use as you begin to look at programs and activities: United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile , L'Arche , Goodwill Easter Seals and MARC.
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