Physical health for SEND children and young people

If you can, exercise and do some physical activity every day.

You'll feel better physically and your brain will release feel-good chemicals called endorphins. This means your energy levels will go up and you'll be happier.

Being active and healthy

Fitness clubs, gyms, and walking are all great ways to get active and stay healthy.

In some gyms and leisure centers, there are times during the week reserved for people with special 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.

The annual health check lets you talk to a doctor or nurse about your health and spot any problems early.

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.