All children can benefit from the release of energy, exercise and pure enjoyment of physical activities, and this also includes children with special needs. Special needs children are not always encouraged to exercise because the fear of injuries, however physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child. Being physically active can impact a child with special needs development skills, helping implant a sense of self-confidence by improving skills in relationship building and leadership development. And it can help weight management, keeping them healthy and strong.[1]

It is imperative for a child with special needs to remain active as there many mental and physical benefits (listed below) regular physical activity and exercise has on a child with special needs.

Physical Benefits

  • Weight management
  • Healthier bone density
  • Reduced risk for diseases such as diabetes
  • Reduced risk for some type of cancers
  • Improved heart health
  • Improved strength and physical stamina
  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Improved reaction skills

Mental Benefits

  • Improved emotional and psychological health
  • Improved social skills
  • Improved motor skills
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved cognitive skills
  • Improved listening skills
  • Improved problem-solving skills

Parents of special needs children should always encourage participation in physical activity. Almost any sport can be modified to allow participation of a special needs child so they can still receive the cardiovascular, flexibility and strength-training benefits that keep children happy and healthy – both mentally and physically.

For more information about our focused understanding of health & fitness for children with special needs, please contact us at or by telephone at 1.416.221.9070.

About Zullo Health & Fitness

Zullo Health & Fitness has a diverse and highly qualified team of trainers, practitioners, and medical doctors helping our clients achieve optimal wellness. Our wide range of services and programs are conveniently available to suit specific needs and schedules. All programs are designed by health and fitness expert Phil Zullo, in collaboration with top medical professionals. Phil is recognized as a leader in the health and fitness industry with over two decades of experience in the field. Our multidisciplinary team consists of highly qualified Personal Trainers, Athletic Therapists, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Hydro Therapists, Kinesiologists, Medical Doctors, Paediatricians, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rheumatologists, Psychologists, Optometrists, Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Swim Coaches. If our clients can’t come to us, we will travel the globe to go to them! On site or in home, we are available 24/7, worldwide.





[1]Sports and Children with Special Needs