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If it’s ok with you, can we spend a minute focusing on what you and your parents think might be of some help for you?

Insight

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As asthma can affect the way a child or parent views physical activity, and focusing on benefits of change can be a useful way to introduce the topic.

Using a non-judgemental and respectful way to get a conversation about physical activity started can keeps the individual actively engaged in the conversation and involved in the personal/shared decision making process.

If done successfully a 1-minute conversation can plant the seed for successful behaviour change.

Did you know?

Muscle and bone strengthening activities should be throughout the week for strong muscles and bones e.g. swinging on playground equipment, hopping and skipping for children and young people aged 5-18

Being active in childhood builds the foundation for an active adult life.

Children and young people (5-18) should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity spread throughout the day that leaves them slightly out of breath (moderate-to-vigorous intensity).

Real impact

When I dance it makes me smile

Look at people you look up to for inspiration whether that be athletes, musicians, or actors

Don’t forget to tell yourself well done!

Explain

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Many children find that moving more helps them feel better, and can be fun. What do you think of that?

Insight

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Asking a question such as ‘what do you make of this’ allows some space for children to talk and explore the information rather than asking yes/no questions such as ‘do you understand?’ which can shut things down. Parents/guardians may already have a good understanding of the benefits and you are facilitating the conversation.

Did you know?

Muscle and bone strengthening activities should be throughout the week for strong muscles and bones e.g. swinging on playground equipment, hopping and skipping for children and young people aged 5-18

Being active in childhood builds the foundation for an active adult life.

Children and young people (5-18) should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity spread throughout the day that leaves them slightly out of breath (moderate-to-vigorous intensity).

Real impact

When I dance it makes me smile

Look at people you look up to for inspiration whether that be athletes, musicians, or actors

Don’t forget to tell yourself well done!

Invite

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If it’s ok, the next time you come in we could talk about how being active can help you enjoy things more and what fun things you might like to get involved in.

Insight

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Arranging follow up is important after a positively received 1-minute conversation. Offer a follow up opportunity with you or a colleague appropriate to the environment you work in and resources available.

“In the meantime I could give you some further information you and your parents can look at if you are interested.”

Signpost the patient information section.

Did you know?

Muscle and bone strengthening activities should be throughout the week for strong muscles and bones e.g. swinging on playground equipment, hopping and skipping for children and young people aged 5-18

Being active in childhood builds the foundation for an active adult life.

Children and young people (5-18) should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity spread throughout the day that leaves them slightly out of breath (moderate-to-vigorous intensity).

Real impact

When I dance it makes me smile

Look at people you look up to for inspiration whether that be athletes, musicians, or actors

Don’t forget to tell yourself well done!

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