Submitted by Robyn on 3-1-11
Size of Group: 6-18
Equipment/Supplies Needed: chairs, green and red card
Activity/Treatment Objective or Expected Outcome: Physical game, one winner but this is not a favourism game, make sure everyone who participated gets a prize, this is not a competitive game
Description of the Activity: It is a bit like musical chairs but without the music, instead you use red and green card (red meaning stop moving about the room and find a chair, green meaning go and move about the room)you must have one chair less than the number of people playing the game in order for this game to work.The last person with the chair wins taking one chair out of the game in every round.
Dance/ movement activity for children and Adults with
MR and DD (wheelchairs & ambulatory)
submitted by Joy Schoffer on June 11, 2006
Size of Group: 10-15
Equipment: warm bodies, and some dancing music
Objective: to increase socialization skills, cognitive
skills, good for following directions. Provides opportunity
for independence during activity.
Description: Have individuals stand around in a circle.
One by one, a person will go in the middle of the circle
and do a movement while people around the circle, imitate
that movement. When that individual feels they are ready
to move on, they will point to another person in the
circle to come into the middle to make another movement,
group to imitate. Go all the way around the circle until
everyone has a turn. You can go as many times as you
like. You'd be surprised how many smiles come out!!
submitted by Judy Kimmons
on Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Objective: Social dancing
for couples where one person is in a wheelchair. This
gives both parties exercise as well as an additional social
Description: We teach
progressive dancing (two-step, waltz) to couples where
one person is in a wheelchair. The person need to be in
a manual wheelchair and have a fair amount of upper body
strength and range of motion.
Submitted by Lynn Benway,
West Virginia University Student and member of WVU Orchesis
SPACE REQUIRED: Activity
Room with all the tables and chairs moved to the side of the
room or any open area.
or music, 3 pass card (chips, tokens, etc) for each person
SIZE: Small Group or Large
- To acquaint participants with
- To share feelings or events
of themselves with the group.
- To acquaint feelings and events
- To promote physical movement.
- Sit on the floor in a circle.
- Have a discussion covering the
- " Do you know me (if not)
Does that mean I am a nobody? (Wait for a response) NO!
- "I am a person - We all
are people" "I have a name - you have a name"
- "My name is _____________________"
- Go around to each person stating
- Next state the rules: Each person
has 3 passes to use on a turn they wish to pass. (Suggestion
to give: tell them to save the passes till they really feel
the need to use them.)
PART 1: WARM UP-
1) Pick five (use fewer if group
is larger) open-ended question (there are several at the end
of this program description) that would be appropriate for your
group. The leader starts first and states the open-ended question
with their response. Then the next person in the circle states
the open-ended question and response. As the open-ended questions
get harder give everyone time to think then start in the circle.
2) Pick one open-ended question
that the group already responded and prompt
the group to put hand and body movement to it. Give
them enough time.
3) One at a time, each person show
by: saying the open-ended question with their response along
with their movement. Go around 3 times, each time with a different
open-ended question (This is for the leader in their head to
pick 3 open-ended questions that would be appropriate)
4) The leader will ask one person
to do theirs and teach everyone it. Make sure everyone is saying
the question & response as they move. Repeat many times.
5) The leader ask another person
to do theirs and teach everyone it. Make sure everyone is saying
it as they move. Repeat as necessary.
Example: My worst memory was..................................
|"When my brother beat me up....."
Movement with the sentence:
Point to myself, then hold my head,
then raised my arms up to show big, punched my hand ,
pointed to myself.
- Do a simple body warm up: head,
shoulders, arms, back, hamstrings, and calves.
- Spread everyone out: explain
that no one is wrong and just concentrate on yourself and
no one else. This takes imagination.
- The leader will say something
and you have to imagine and move to what you think in your
- Give an example: Play baseball-
one can pitch, run, hit..
- The leader can announce any
- descriptive words
- If the group is responding well,
the leader can give direction with the sport, animal or emotion.
Some would be to move to the floor, travel, move slowly, shake.
PART III: TRAVEL
The leader will announce something
and the group or individual can move across the room how ever
they want. They can walk, run, or move their body any way they
How would you move across the room
You are happy
You feel good about yourself accomplishments
- You have lost a game
- You feel rushed/ hurry
- You are concerned with time
- You feel free
- You powerless
- You feel like you have done
- You had an experience that made
your life worth living
The leader will play music that
is dramatic. Prefer if it had no words like opera music
Next, two at a time will travel
going across the room doing anything you want, but they have
to stop and yell, then continue to move and jump and say "bye".
End with a warm down of a walk
across the floor. Then sit in a circle on the floor and have
a discussion on what they thought or learned.
OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS:(for
use with activity in Part I)
- What one of your greatest achievements
- My favorite activities is ...
- A place I spent one of my happiest
days was ...
- I go to be alone ...
- My future goal is to ...
- What make me happy ...
- When I get enough money I will
- When I have enough time, I want
- If this weekend was 3 days long
I would ...
- I feel most bored when ...
- I feel most satisfied when ...
- I enjoy being ...
- My fondest memory is ...
- I can really get excited about
- A new leisure activity I tried
this week ...
- How did I feel about this week
in participating in activities ...
- I feel proud when I ...
- I feel best when people ...
- I am best at ...
- I get angry when ...
- I have accomplished
- The thing that amuses me is
- my greatest strength is ...
- I have never liked...
- like people who...
- Someday I am going to ...
Submitted by Jacqueline Mills of CDTA on Sunday, January 26,
Size: up to 30 people
music, variable speed tape recorder (karaoke often works,)
large enough space for participants to sit in a circle
Objective: A chance
for people to dance again, adapted for sitting down
Description: I do a program of modified folk dances from round
the world in nursing homes, ADP's and seniors lodges.
Usually I use music familiar to the participants (such
as the Irish Washerwoman, a polka from a European country,
a little jazz dance) and I modify the movements for sitting
down. There's a web page www.sitndance.ca that describes a bit more what it's all about. If you
have a dance background you could adapt a program too.
|Do What I Do
submitted by Pam and Dawn
Equipment: Have a
cassette player with a tape of square dancing music played
low in the background.
Objective: To bring
cohesion to the group through the use of enjoyment, stimulation,
and releasing tension.
Description: Ask your
participants to all stand in a circle. The leader will
ask the participants to follow what he or she says out
loud. For example: Hold hands and move to the left in
a circle. Hold hands and go to the right in a circle.
Hold hands and go towards the center. Drop hands and go
back from center of circle. Then go towards center and
hold hands again. Repeat this sequence until the group
becomes accustomed to the routine.