Developing hobbies and interests
Developing interests and hobbies are so important in the teen years. Hobbies and interests are part of a young person’s developing self identity and can help them connect with peers. Exploring new areas of interest and discovering passions is a teenage right of passage. Young people gain many benefits from trying out different activities and selecting hobbies that really interest them.
This may include:
- Making friends
- Building self confidence and an identity
- Finding ways of relaxing or relieving stress
- Avoiding boredom
- Fostering creativity
- Developing skills and knowledge
Our therapists work with young people and their families to help them find hobbies that they might like to pursue like music, art, sport, craft, dance, gardening or photography and support them to engage in those activities. Sometimes it is about accessing the right group to join or educating those who run the groups about simple things they can be to make the activity more inclusive for a young person with a disability.
Our therapists also support young people to engage in hobbies and interests by assisting them with strategies for overcoming behavioural or physical challenges that might be barriers to participation. This may include developing the social skills, improving motor skills to do the activity or accessing assistive technology to give them the tools they need to participate.