The Ability Toolkit: A Resource for Parents of Children and Youth with a Disability is an information booklet intended to aid parents in helping children of all abilities to meet the physical activity recommendations of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.
The toolkit explains the guidelines, provides advice for modifying physical activities to make them more inclusive, and lists additional community resources that may be helpful to parents.
The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth outline the amounts of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep that children and youth who are five to 17 years old should get in a day.
The guidelines are based on research with able-bodied and typically developing youth; however, the Ability Toolkit provides information for adapting the guidelines to the unique movement abilities of children or teenagers with any type of disability.
Parents are encouraged to reflect on which aspects of the Movement Guidelines and the Ability Toolkit make sense for their children. Healthcare professionals can provide additional guidance on what types of activities, as well as duration and intensity, are right for each child.