Just finished reading an excellent article in Advance for PT/PTA's entitled Through the Trees. This is the story of identical twins who have autism and their experiences with hiking. You can view the entire article on their digital edition at Advance For PT/PTA's. The article offers some excellent benefits on hiking for children with developmental disabilities and their families.
Here were some of my favorite points:
1. Hiking is free.
2. The whole family benefits from the exercise - stress reduction, mood elevator and physical benefits of exercise.
3. Does not require intense social interaction.
4. Does not require a significant amount of coordination depending upon types of trails.
5. Sense of accomplishment.
Take the time to read the article - well worth it!
Reference: Mayer, R. (2009) Through the Trees. Advance for PT and PTAs. Sept 21, 2009 Vol 20 (19):11-13.