Developing hobbies and interests
Developing interests and hobbies are an important part of a child’s development. They help a child to discover passions and talents that will grow as they grow. Children 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 children and their families to help them find hobbies that they might like to pursue like music, art, sport, puzzles, craft, 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 child with a disability.
Our therapists also support children 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 of taking turns or coping with disappointment, improving motor skills to do the activity or accessing assistive technology to give them the tools they need to participate.