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Playground Poetry YCE 2019

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Presentation with Occupational Therapist Allison Johnson at the 2019 Young Child Expo. The session explores the use of movement as a way to promote literacy and self-advocacy, especially for youth with autism and developmental disabilities. Videos and photos of students have been removed, including a year long final case study of a poet in a Rebecca School workshop.

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Playground Poetry YCE 2019

  1. 1. Playground Poetry Using Movement and Play to Teach Literacy with Neurodiverse Students Donnie Welch, BFA Allison Johnson, MS, OTR/L
  2. 2. Workshop Setup
  3. 3. Why Incorporate Movement? Relationship between gross motor movement and learning Kids need to move! What is organized sensory-movement Rhythm and poetry
  4. 4. Why These Movements Underlying Deficits in Children with ASD Children with ASD struggle with performance skills: ○ Self-regulation ○ Sensory processing ○ Motor planning/ praxis ○ Visual- perceptual skills Visual-Perceptual-Motor SKills Deficits and Handwriting Decreased Body awareness
  5. 5. Vestibular System Movements Moonboot Dusting/ Cross body Toe-Touching- Student activates the vestibular system by moving his/her head through space and crosses midline by reaching opposite arm to opposite foot Crossing midline increases body awareness and is a precursor skill to reading and writing Spinning- Student spins in opposite directions (i.e. 4x to the right and 4x to the left). Benefits students that need to increase their activity level to increase engagement Stand on One Leg- Balance movement that address lower body strength and postural control
  6. 6. Proprioceptive Movements Jumping Jacks- this movement addresses bilateral coordination and body awareness Frog Jumps- student starts in the squatted position with hands on the floor in between knees. Student jumps forward and land with hands and feet on the ground.
  7. 7. Motor Planning Movements Bear Walk- This movement addresses core activation, upper and lower body strength. Student is in an extended quadruped position and navigates the environment in this position. Crawling- Developmental movement that strengthens the trunk, shoulders and hand muscles and increases body awareness.
  8. 8. Movement: Regulation, Arousing, or Both? How they regulate and arouse the students: Over- responsive vs. Under-responsive profiles Sensory systems: Tactile, Vestibular and Proprioceptive Knowing when the movement is beneficial
  9. 9. Questions, Comments, Concerns? How could movement enhance learning for your students? Contact information: Donniewelchpoetry@gmail.com ajohnson@rebeccaschool.org

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