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Arguments over daily exercises

I have an 11yo daughter who is fairly mild CP. She is suppose to do daily exercises (given to her by her physio) to stretch her hamstrings and calf muscles. Lol at times it is battle to get her to do them.... I try and sympathise with her and explain its for the best. I explain that she’ll be in high school soon and the tight muscles give her a crouching posture and when in high school she’ll want to stand tall with her peers...

Does anyone else have this issue, how do you get the exercises done without WW3...would love any advice you may have...or even some fun stretches


  • Hi Rhunt, I’m almost 33 and have a mild case of CP myself. Although I don’t have any tips as such from the parenting side of things but maybe your daughter may take something away from my experience. Reading your story gave me flash back to mum battling with me for exactly the same thing in my younger years lol. I remember going to the gym as a young kid with mum and always making deals with her “I’ll go but can I play the arcade games after” or arguing not to do stretches because they were boring. Looking back now it’s always been an on again off again battle with excersise and stretches for me. Now in my 30s I wish I listened everyone who I now understand only wanted the best for me because I’m definitely noticing the aches and pains later in life. Trying to be a little more disciplined with exercise these days though. Sorry we’re stubborn as kids we do get a little better with age though.
    Peter .
  • Hi, my boy is only 4 so I am not where you are yet - but these are some of the ideas (I am not suggesting I have successfully implemented them!!) that might be relevant... 1. Doing an activity that incorporates the exercise without focussing on the exercise. At my boys level we play Simon Says or something like that with his brother - or I might try and do the exercises too (its hard as I need to catch him when he falls over). 2. there is a great computer game programme where you attach things to places on your body, and you successfully shoot a goal or whatever when you form the same repetitive movement. I can get the name of it if you are interested, so for my son you can set it up so a chicken lays an egg every time he practices sit to stand. It is expensive, but you could maybe apply for funding with NDIS. There also may be other more mainstream similar xbox type programmes out there. 3. think about what motivates older people to do training - listening to music, watching a tv show, I think personal trainers have a whole toolbox of how to tap into people's motivations. It is different to 'bribing' - I don't know if, at 7, she can detail the pros and cons of doing the stretches, but if she is able to do that it is about making the pros look really good (motivating), and putting strategies around the cons so they don't look particularly important.. I am useless at implementing such things, much easier to talk about them - but there might be something that is useful....

  • Hi, I know exactly what you mean.
    I have a 13 year old boy with mild cp (left side hemi). He was great with doing the physio and OT exercises when he was younger, but then started balking a couple of years ago.
    We now have a personal trainer for him. We do this instead of physio. It costs us $75 per session (for a block of 10), but he loves doing it, as it's a cool thing for him to have. It's not ideal, as he doesn't always keep up with the regular exercises, but it's better than nothing. We found a small local gym that can manage him (the larger gyms such as Fitness First have a minimum age of 14).
    Our next step is to work out if we can get NDIS funding for it. It's a genuine request (as neither my husband or I have ever had a personal trainer), and he's at the age where he's balking at traditional physio. We have our OT and medical specialist writing that he'd benefit from personal training, physio etc, and our meeting is in a few weeks. I'll let you know how we go.
    He also does swimming. Laps. He doesn't like it, but it's the trade off, if he wants the personal trainer.

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