“I remember standing on a rope swing and being afraid to jump, because I’d been so used to being told that I shouldn’t do this or I shouldn’t do that,” she says. “But instead, everyone was encouraging me! I still remember how empowered I felt.” These days, the script has been flipped: Experts now say not only is activity OK, it’s recommended for kiddos with arthritis. So how do you help your child play hard, but stay safe? Crib our counselors’ notes on how to support children with JIA as they build strength and confidence in their bodies through easy, engaging activities.