Skipping

By Activity Bank on Jan 13, 2014

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Kathy Heydt and Monica Allon and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Skipping is a hallmark of childhood movement, but one that can be challenging for students with vision issues. This activity works on weight shifting, hopping and skipping. Lessons include Orientation and Mobility.

Materials

None

Procedure

  • Ask the student to lightly hop on one foot and then the other without moving forward.
  • Once the student has this rhythm, ask her to move forward while hopping lightly (the verbal cues hop-step, hop-step may be helpful).
  • Provide assistance as needed.

Variations

  • Vary the pathway (straight, curved), following the verbal guide of the teacher.
  • Ask the student to start and stop on command.

Hints: Guard the student against falling or bumping into obstacles. Perform activities on a safe surface, such as an exercise mat. Skipping is difficult for totally blind students and many never accomplish this task.

 

 

skipping collage