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Visual Motor Games - School Age Children

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Purpose: To develop visual spatial predictiveness for and on foot action patterns

Apparatus: Balls of various sizes

 

JUMP BALL

Method:

  1. Roll ball toward child. He is to jump over the ball. The jump action should be symmetrical. Feet should lift and land on the floor together.
  2. Arms should also lift symmetrically in support of the jumping action.
  3. Roll the ball from different directions and at different speeds.
  4. Start with a small ball—tennis ball—and work toward a larger size— basketball.
  5. Next, instruct child to jump 1 or 1/2 turn clockwise or counterclockwise as he jumps over the ball.

 

HAND JUMP BALL

Method:

  1. Two players stand 3 or 4 feet apart on the same side of a table. Both players place their hands on the table, palms down and about twelve inches apart. All four hands should be in line.
  2. One player rolls a ball toward his own hand and hands of the other player.
  3. Player lifts own hand to let ball under and immediately puts it down again.
  4. Other player lifts his first hand at the last second and puts it down again after the ball passes under and catches it with the other hand.
  5. Now second player repeats process. Switch places every 5 rolls so that the role each hand plays is reversed.
  6. Repeat with both players looking at some target straight ahead while controlling the ball with peripheral seeing.

Aspects to be Emphasized:

 

JUMP BALL

  1. Symmetrical jumping pattern using whole body with feet together.
  2. Ability to jump over the ball gracefully regardless of the speed or direction from which it comes.

 

HAND JUMP BALL

  1. Simultaneous awareness of self and other player when rolling the ball.
  2. Flexibility in shifting the “lift” and “catch” roles from one hand to the other, under the direction visual clues.

 

In 1989, Dr. Turben received funding that enabled the Cleveland Sight Center to initiate the first large-scale, family-centered Children's Services Program in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Turben worked for Lake County Early Intervention Collaborative Group in 1988-89 as the consultant who prepared the County Needs Assessment and assisted the collaborative in the preparation of the 1988-89 Lake County Early Intervention Collaborative Plan, which launched family collaboratives as a network of families with children who had disabilities.
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