Teacher Instructions Week 17
Early Learning Foundations 3
Patterning On The Back
Purpose: To organize the brain at the Pons level. Turning the head to watch upper hand benefits eye function and the vestibular system. The cross pattern prepares the client for learning and alertness. Helps to establish hand dominance.
Note: Do NOT occlude an eye during this activity. Add this to the exercises this week along with march. You are working both the upper and lower parts of the brain with this combination.
30 repetitions - Use the metronome this time.
Instructions: Client lies on back, shoes and socks off.
Right arm straight above head and right leg straight down.
Left arm relaxed at side, left leg up, bent at knee, calf parallel to the floor.
Head turns to look at "up" hand.
Simultaneously switch each limb to opposite position.
Count "one" each time client returns to "start" position.
Build to required repetitions and then add weights.
Number Word Writing
Print a page for each student and have the student trace three rows of number words.
Purpose: To stimulate proprioception (awareness of body in space), vestibular (balance) system, sensory systems and convergence of the eyes for improved reading.
Client lies down on a soft surface with arms either straight above head like a pencil or straight at sides.
Client rolls to the side at a comfortable speed in one direction and then back.
Eyes remain open.
Note of Correction to the Demonstration Video:
The Log Roll demonstration only shows a child going one way. Please have the client keep eyes open and roll both directions when doing this activity.