‘The Embodiment of Disabled Children and Young People’s Voices About Participating in Recreational Activities’: Shared Perspectives

  • Dawn Pickering


  • This chapter describes two research projects carried out with disabled children and young people in the UK about what it means to the emotional wellbeing of disabled children and young people to join in meaningful recreational activities.

  • It begins with the links between health, recreation and childhood regarding disabled children.

  • The perspectives and stories by disabled children and young people presented illustrate the agency and fun enjoyed in recreation as well as relationships with others that includes issues of inclusion.

  • Recreation is different to therapy and treatments in terms of functional goals, but this chapter suggests that some important goals of therapy and health can be met by recreation and importantly, the objectives of fun are added.

  • Policy implications include the case for equality of opportunity for disabled children to play and participate in all activities, and to voice their experiences and ideas for future recreational activities.

  • This chapter shows that a simple cost-saving objective for National Health Service (NHS) and Social Services needs caution as holistic care and participation requires investment if it is to be successful and have any real impact for disabled children.



The three-year study, 2009–2012, was funded by the Nancie Finnie Charitable Trust, now part of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK.


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  • Dawn Pickering
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  1. 1.School of Healthcare SciencesCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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