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Recreation and Leisure Ideas

Summer can be a great time to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but for many individuals with multiple disabilities, it can be difficult to have unstructured time or to engage with the outdoors in meaningful ways.  In this issue, we are highlighting some activities that may be fun to try this summer.

A teenage boy rides a 3-wheeled bike.
One very important facet of a successful and fulfilling life is what we do for fun, recreation and leisure skills. There are very few activities that individuals with visual impairments or DeafBlindness cannot participate in if properly adapted. Moreover, the need for physical activity and ways to relax and restore the mind, body and spirit are key to a fulfilling life. Recreation and leisure activities utilize important fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, spatial relationships, and other skills important to development. They are often activities that lend themselves to interaction with others and can help to develop social and emotional skills. Additionally they help us to maintain healthy minds, bodies and spirits.

Recreation and Leisure skills are also part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and are an essential part of a well-rounded educational program for students with visual impairments.


Videos about
Recreation and Leisure Activities

See more videos of Recreation and Leisure activities on our website.
Sheralyn Hastie presents on pedalling and paddling
Narbethong State Special School has generously shared the presentation by Sheralyn Hastie on Pedaling and Paddling.  Find out how to use an Active Learning approach to bike riding. 

Download the transcript and slides of the presentation.
In this video a teenage boy explores the pool by putting his face in the water, blowing bubbles, and putting his arms in the water.  He then puts his legs in the water and lowers himself into the pool.  This independent exploration (with adult supervision from the other side of the pool) helps him to develop a range of skills and concepts.

Join Our Study Group!

We will be hosting a series of four online study groups during the 2019-2020 school year for teachers, therapists, families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Active Learning.  

The purpose of the Study Group will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. These videos will NOT be posted online and will only be viewed during the live sessions with a closed group. 

The sessions will be from 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. Central Time on 09/24/19, 11/19/19, 1/21/20, and 3/24/20. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!
Contact Scott Baltisberger or Sara Kitchen for more information.

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