Conover, Darlene
January 1972
Focus on Exceptional Children;Jan1972, Vol. 3 Issue 8, p1
Academic Journal
This article discusses the importance of physical education games and activities for the mentally retarded. Physical education and recreation experiences play an extremely important role in the lives of children. It is often said that the retarded child is more like the normal child than unlike him. He has the same major characteristics of growth and development and the same major needs and wants. Although the needs and wants are similar, the opportunities for the retarded child to have experiences to meet these needs are usually unavailable. Oftentimes, the needs are more pronounced due to privation. Unless the retarded child is provided with proper, sequential movement and play experiences, not only will his physical development be impaired but his mental, emotional, and social development as well. A child's level of emotional stability is interrelated with and partially dependent upon his physical development and activity. Only when a child's emotional needs are met can he effectively interrelate and interact with his environment.


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