Submitted by Eileen Humpal of Simpson Meadows
Size of Group: 10-15
Equipment/Supplies Needed: "Lollipop" bats, balloon
Activity/Treatment Objective or Expected Outcome: socialization, physical fitness
Description of the Activity:
I have had great success with adapting badminton for use by my residents. The only difference is this lollipop bats which I use. They are Spectrum Foam Lollipop paddles - chunky foam, round, multicolored and light - easy for the residents to use (and not so easy to bonk someone on the head with) as a standard racket. Much laughter during this activity, and none realized they were exercising!
Vehicle Driver Training
Submitted by Shane Emmons of The
Wilderness Trail Inc. (Dissolved 2/02) on February 13, 2002
Size: Individual Instruction, one or two in support
Equipment: Specially modified eight-wheeled amphibious vehicle
specially adapted to be driven under supervision by persons
with physical limitations.
Objective: Tremendous, measurable, increase in mental/physical
coordination. Offers motivation through mobility. Requires
cognative and psychomotor skills. When skills are mastered,
vehicle can be used on designated off-road trails with proper
driver and medical support.
field setting. An array of cone barriers to be placed according
to physical limitations
of the driver.
The driver (physically, not mentally impaired), negotiates
barriers, obstacles and cones while driving specially modified
eight-wheeled amphibious vehicle. Vehicle will have interchangeable
control devices and operator securements, to adjust to limitations
of driver. Unlike an ATV, this slow moving vehicle requires
an understanding of where the back of the vehicle is at
all times. This need for recognition of the relative position
of the rear of the vehicle, to the command inputs by the operator,
becomes a challenge, which has great relevance to applications
in obtaining greater personal freedom and mobility in normal
life. The vehicle, located in North Augusta, SC, is currently
undergoing modifications for this purpose. The vehicle and
concept has been reviewed by persons with physical therapy
credentials and based on such feedback, the owner is seeking
put in order to classify the vehicle as a therapeutic device.
This is necessitated by the relatively high cost of custom
modifications and maintenance.
A person exhibiting sufficient mastery of skills could then
be allowed recreational access to wilderness locations, with
proper agency approval, medical and supervisory safety personnel.
All non-medical questions can be answered through email. Pending
site availability, owner is looking to make this available
by the end of March,2002, at a location within 30 miles of
Augusta, GA. The vehicle owner is a metal fabrication specialist,
firefighter and emergency services instructor with an outsta
nding safety record. He is seeking input from therapists, and
the disabled, and is looking for potential revenue sources
for operational expenses.
submitted by Elaine
Hayles on October 18, 2001
Equipment: badminton, balloon
Objective: To increase gross
motor skills. To increase socialization.
Description: Try to get
the balloon over the net by hitting it with the badminton racket.
Wonderful for wheelchair users. Have participatns lean forward
in their wheelchair a bit so they can use their upper body more.
Should be done for 15 minutes. Be alert for tiredness in clients.
Face the Day (to strengthen tongue & facial muscles)
by Jeanne Hart,
Snake River Rehabilitation & Living Center
Size of Group:
Round lollypops like Dum Dums and recording of the song "Lollypop"
by the Chordells or on the "Stand By Me" sound track
To strengthen tongue and facial muscles.
Play the song "Lollypop" during which each participant
rolls the lollypop around in his or her mouth with the tongue.
When the song makes the popping sound have each participant
pucker their lips and pull the lollypop out of their mouth also
making the popping sound.