|A youth in his racing wheelchair.|
As parents search for ways to help create an active lifestyle for their child with a physical disability, it is imperative to keep in mind that parental attitudes relative to a child's involvement in sport, as well as their overall potential, are key to the child's success.
The attitudes that parents have must not only be positive, supportive and dynamic, but they must also be contagious, in order to be absorbed by the child, his or her friends, peers, and the extended family. When everyone adopts a positive attitude, an environment is created and opportunities are taken, limits are removed, and potential is increased.
The first step in creating an environment where your child can flourish is realizing that your child, regardless of ability, is capable and worthy of all the same opportunities that are offered to children without disabilities. Your child can have a happy and active lifestyle that meets individual needs and interests. Once this attitude is achieved, it must be placed into action.