Name: Balance and Coordination- Balance and Coordination Concerns Module III
Movement/ Motor planning is the process of preparing the appropriate motor commands in order to achieve a goal.
Walking with weights
Tossing a ball
Breaking activities into smaller steps
Wheelbarrow walking: For upper body strength.
Unstable surfaces: Walking/climbing over unstable surfaces (e.g. large pillows) as it requires a lot of effort and increases overall body strength.
Catching and balancing: Standing with one foot on a ball while catching another ball (encourages balance while practicing catching and throwing).
Small parts of activities: Practice doing a small part of a task at a time as it is easier to learn new skills in smaller sections.
Observation: Have the individual observe other family members performing everyday activities.
Break new tasks into smaller steps
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
Physical guidance: Physically guide the individual through motor tasks so that the individual can learn what the movement feels like.
Visual cues: to learn new tasks and routines.
Improve sensory processing: To ensure appropriate attention and arousal to attempt the tasks, as well as ensuring the body is receiving and interpreting the correct messages from the muscles in terms of their position, their relationship to each other, the speed at which they move and how much force they are being used
Multi-sensory approach - learn new skills will ensure the individual has the best chance at learning appropriate strategies to respond to a physical demand or challenge.
Cognitive planning strategies -Talking the individual through a task
Strengthen the ‘core’ (namely the large central muscles) of the body to provide greater body stability.
General muscle strength can be used as a coping strategy where “floppy” muscles are a challenge.
Break verbal instructions into parts
Repeat the instruction
First/Then: when appropriate
Description: Gaiam Neoprene Dumbbell Hand