“Building Life Skills through Golf” by Sneha Narayan

Golf course..Another Good idea for Occupational Therapy…



“Building Life Skills through Golf”

hey mommies out there i am here with my 6th Article on outdoor Occupational therapy.

Please give the exposure much needed to the kids..never feel ashamed to take your kids to any damn place .if you give your autistic kid the exposure needed he or she can prove to be wonders as they are gifted by god to excel in one field…or many fields..

first let me clear some doubts in your mind with the name GOLF first thing comes in mind is its most expensive game..but but..its not the case i am lucky that i stay in Pune. One day accidentally visited BLUE RIDGE Golf course and to my surprise inquired in the office about the price and other stuff used for playing ..to my surprise it was genuine one so decided to play.But rather than me and Rishi liking the game and course Dhruva was so happy at the course and in the sand playing that we thought we will always be a part of this game ..its now 1.5 yrs practicing game..Dhruva has his own putter and he enjoys a lot..

Rest all the golf course are costly but when kid starts liking the place and we see positive changes in them its worth it..In this article will cover all the benefits that golf can incorporate in your kids life..

Tees and Tots: How Kids Can Benefit From Playing Golf

  • ECO THERAPY :Mental Well-Being. …
  • A Social Event. for Socialization
  • ABA THERAPY :Focusing the mind..
  • Emotional benefits Reducing Stress and Anxiety. …
  • Occupational Therapy..for improving low muscle tone

mommies keep on thinking that i should make my child sit at one place and teach him whatever she wants but mommies don’t forget they are still kids sitting at one place for them is a very challenging task..you as an adult should take out ways to channelise there energy in perfect direction without pissing them off…keep your child happy and you will then see all the positive changes in them..

Golf helps to enhance their social, motor, coordination, and golf skills
Golf can be used as a vehicle to enlighten and teach children with autism the sport, skills, and fun of golf. Golf is a wonderful way for children and families to participate in a sport together..Building life skills through golf for children with autism. The vision behind playing golf is to help children with autism to develop life and social skills through golf.
Golf course helps kids feel happy and included and it even teaches a lot about life. I tried a lot of other sports for my son Dhruva but he didn’t like it when people were unkind to each other or if it was too noisy or he didn’t understand what to do as part of the team.

In golf, there is something called “etiquette” which means you are expected to be kind and respectful to each other and there are specific rules about how to behave and what to say.
Playing golf is great fun, but also offers a wide range of mental and physical benefits, some of which are highlighted below:

ECO THERAPY: Mental Well being Mental Awareness

Eco therapy, otherwise known as ‘green exercise’ which emphasizes the importance of combining exercise with an outdoor activity can be applied to golf. Golf courses, even those in the city, are usually situated in attractive locations with green rolling hills, lakes and well maintained fairways.

It is seen as a given that physical exercise has many benefits – in particular on our physical health, but aside from calories burnt, we tend to forget that sport can also do wonders for our mental health. Golf is a perfect example – it promotes social interaction, requires concentration and focus (which is very much needed fr our kids)and is played outdoors(so lots of vitamin D for kids), often in attractive lush GREEN settings. Furthermore, it is a sport that is suitable for almost everyone due to its moderate activity level.
A study conducted by the University of Essex found that undergoing exercise in rural and pleasant urban landscapes produces a greater positive effect on one’s self-esteem (WHICH IS USUALLY VERY LOW IN AUTISTIC KIDS)than just exercising alone, for example in therapy classes or therapies conducted at home.

Dhruva has his small putter and he makes sure ball goes inside the hole..its acts as a therapy for my eyes watching him play..love u my son….


SOCIALIZING the kids Parent child interaction..

Golfing has always been a social sport, and that benefit is not reserved for the adults who enjoy the game. With a relatively low barrier to entry, individuals of any age can step onto a course and play, making it a sport well-suited to demographic diversity that can introduce children to a gamut of social interactions. Golf also offers a perfect venue for positive parent/child interactions which is much needed in our case. It can be a great way to encourage quality time and bonding between a parent and child, which can set the stage for a lasting relationship.


This sport also requires that children mind their manners and conduct themselves respectfully while on the course. In addition to etiquette, golf helps children learn to problem solve, use numbers, and be confident in their abilities while also improving on their weaknesses.

Golf is a sport that promotes sociability; kids golfers often team up in pairs or play with up to 3 other kids. This provides kids with the opportunity to meet other kids, make friends and enhance relationships and avoid feelings of isolation and loneliness.

ABA Therapy :Focusing the mind

Autistic kids are generally very hyperactive so focusing there mind at on job is quite difficult but with golf its the best place to channelize there energy in a positive direction.

mommies keep on thinking that i should make my child sit at one place and teach him what ever she wants but mommies dont forget they are still kids sitting at one place for them is a very challenging task..you as an adult should take out ways to channelize there energy in perfect direction without pissing them off…

The Killings worth and Gilbert study found that when kids minds were constantly wandering, they reported a feeling of being less happy. Being able to focus on the task at hand means the mind is engaged and less likely to drift to negative or stressful thoughts, making a round of golf the perfect way to unwind ..


Golf requires a tremendous amount of concentration – keeping an eye on where the hole is in relation to the ball, the amount of force required to hit the ball and getting the trajectory right to score that elusive hole in one.

At present Dhruva just takes his putter and keeps walking across the lush green course and feeling relaxed..this is the only place where he enjoys being there away from noisy places..and calming his self..His dad makes a point every time to involve him to putt the ball and he likes doing it…

Emotional Therapy: Reducing Stress and Anxiety. …

Golf is a great way to encourage the home-bound child to get out and spend a day in nature having some good old-fashioned fun on the green, and it can offer many lessons to today’s kids generation Several parallels can be drawn between this game and the challenges and successes inherent in society. Golf requires the child to practice emotional management, positivity, proper planning, clear focus, good social skills, and perseverance. It also helps them assess both the task at hand as well as the bigger picture. As children learn how to conduct themselves properly while they are on the course, they are also learning how to become happy, healthy, successful members of society.

Children require development of their emotional fitness just as much as those physical and social counterparts. Golf helps develop the youth’s emotional health by encouraging self-improvement and challenging them to persevere through frustrations.

Because golf is a game of self-improvement, it requires the player to focus on their performance, and it eliminates the opportunity to easily ascribe shortfalls to team members. This can help instill autonomy and responsibility, and nurture the self-confidence that is so vital to living a long and happy life.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY for improving low muscle tone

Although golf is seen as a moderate form of exercise, in an 18-hole game, kids can walk more than 10,000 steps or around 5 miles – which quickly adds up over time! The distance walked is important as at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week – in the case of golf, this is easily achieved in a single round.
Likewise, wrist and body flexibility is important in golf – being able to twist your body and having the strength and power to hit the ball long distances is necessary to play well.
In a world of technology, it’s easy for children to stop playing outside and start spending more and more time indoors, in front of screens. This can make it challenging for parents who are trying to get their kids to participate in more physical activities. Golf can provide an alternate means of enjoyment outside of the realm of video games. And because it’s open to all skill levels, it has the benefit of being an easy choice for children that might otherwise shy away from sports. As a non-contact and low-impact sport, it doesn’t require a child to be the strongest, fastest, or biggest in order to be successful or enjoy themselves.



Kids use creativity to express feelings,which release anti-anxiety chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are opioids and oxytocins. They create the feeling of being safe. They reduce that of anger and aggression. Autistic kids thus begin to feel calm, and psychologically strong. They progressively gain a deep sense of well being, resulting in their immune system becoming stronger. Furthermore, they progressively sense that there is meaning in life. Learning capacity too increases.

Sand play is a wonderful treatment modality for children, because it takes place in the child’s own natural language of symbols.Children with autism lack social skills such as expressive language, which is a strong predictor of autism in children.
Sand Therapy is non-directive and is a highly visual approach that crosses language and cultural barriers; it provides a tactile approach that enables children to make sense of their own world in the sand

As an observer of Sand play Therapy, it may appear that your child is simply playing in the sand. This is not so. The sand play becomes a setting for children, adolescents and adults to gain a different or new perspective on a situation.

The process connects with unconscious material, allowing the child to ‘sort’ out and make sense of experiences and information. By creating a scene in the sand using symbols (small figurines, toys, ornaments, shells, rocks) a child can regain a sense of strength or hope.

will cover this topic later in an article on Sand play..

will now conclude my article...by just requesting all parents just move out of your house with your kid of course and let them live there life…let them explore the things they like to do..never impose your dreams on kids either a normal kid or Autistic kid…mommies if you challenge yourself then no one can stop you to make your child come out of spectrum…
The quote “a healthy body makes a healthy mind” is therefore very appropriate: the fitter and more physically able you are, the more positive you feel in yourself, and the happier you feel.

come on mommies get charged up and geared up and make the move…

love u all…

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