Physical health for SEND children and young people

It is important to exercise and take part in physical activity daily if you can. Busy lives means many of us are less active.

Regular exercise improves your physical health and also increases the release of feel good chemicals known as endorphins in the brain. This can help your energy levels and can put you in a happier mood.

Being active and healthy

There are plenty of ways to get active and be healthy. Whether you want to join a gym, a sports club or simply take part in a physical activity such as walking.

Some gyms and leisure centres may have times during the week restricted to those with additional needs. Contact your local gym or leisure centre to find out what they offer.

Find out how you can:

Or visit our directory to find your nearest inclusive sports club.

Annual health checks

It is important that everyone over the age of 14 who is on their doctor's learning disability register has an annual health check.

An annual health check can help you stay well by talking to a doctor or nurse about your health and finding any problems early, so they can be sorted out.

Learn more about annual health checks.

Becoming an adult

As well as your physical health, you may also need additional when becoming an adult. You may need support for:

  • your sexual health
  • transitioning to adult services for the NHS
  • managing your long term health condition.

Find out what health support is available when moving into adulthood.