Introduction to Rock Climbing for Children with Disabilities
Rock climbing is an indoor or outdoor recreational activity and has recently become more popular due to the increase in the number of facilities that offer indoor climbing. Although rock climbing can be a risky activity when done incorrectly, with good instruction and the proper equipment, it can be a safe, enjoyable sport for anyone, including children and individuals with disabilities.
Rock climbing can be an excellent activity for children with mental or physical disabilities for a number of reasons. Climbing has been shown to increase spatial perception, hand-eye coordination and balance. It also teaches children about advanced planning, problem-solving and goal-setting skills that are useful in school.