Each dance teacher and dance studio will provide rules and guidelines for safe participation in the dance style they teach. Sometimes a medical or physical condition will increase the risk of injury or harm from some physical activities. The About Me Medical Summary can be used by a doctor to outline any activities that need to be avoided.
Some kids with developmental delays or difficulties may have reduced safety awareness. For example, kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be impulsive, jumping into tasks and activities before thinking about the consequences. They may not see the potential dangers of their actions (e.g., climbing, jumping, running), which can place both them and other kids at increased risk of getting hurt. It is important to set clear rules, and to intervene early if there are any behaviours of concern.
Sometimes when a child feels overwhelmed, worried, or stressed, they might run away. Kids with developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder, and kids who are anxious, may run away if they feel overwhelmed.