Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rhythmic Activity

As I discussed in previous posts, I am very interested in Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics ( ). I am thinking about rhythmic, rewarding, repetitive activities that we could add to or emphasize in our programming. These activities should be done with an engage, happy adult. I will list what I have so far. Please consider both your programming and the lives of your own children or children you have known, and give me any more ideas you can think of.
• Dance

• Wii dance

• Music

• Rapping

• Clay

• Throwing balls

• Rocking

• Swimming

• Pets

• Gardening

• Exercise

• Children’s games

• Jump rope

• Peek a boo

• Hand clapping activities

• Hopscotch

• Side by side walking

• Bouncing on "swiss ball" (exercise ball)

• Tossing a tennis ball back and forth

• Throwing wadded up paper in a garbage can repeatedly like shooting baskets

• Quick shoot basketball setups where you can repeatedly shoot baskets over and over

• Toy where you put 1 foot in a ring, whip it around as you jump over with other foot

• Hoola hoop

• See saw with another person

• Swings with two person possibilities -- seats opposite each/see saw-ish seats

• Throwing ball against the wall

• Two square game with another person

This demonstrates what a large role rhythm plays in the life of the average child.

Click on comment and add your ideas!

1 comment:

Ruth Murray said...

There are many modalities using rhythm. Svetlana Masgutova wrote about how Brain Gym® helped children in the Soviet Union after a horrific train crash in _You Are A Winner_ (co-written with Pamela Curlee, abailable on Amazon. Bill Hubert has -- he insists that rhythm is THE KEY, and of course, there's Rhythmic Movement Training, which works on (re)integrating primitive and postural reflexes -- which, to me, is The Best. I use'em all.