Teacher Instructions Week 33
Early Learning Foundations 2
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.
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.
After client is proficient with this activity, they can do this activity to the beat of a metronome for added benefit; begin with 60 beats, then 40 beats, then try other speeds. Purchase a metronome at your local music supply store or you can use an online metronome at: www.metronomeonline.com.