Children who are referred to gross motor group therapy need
to develop the skill of moving their body in an organized manner
and following movement instructions.
Many of these children are very impulse and fast in their
movement patterns because a slow sustained muscle contraction and
controlled movement is more difficult than a quick movement.
They have a poor ability to motor plan and judge where
their body is in space (both in relation to their own arms and
legs, as well as to where other people are in terms of personal
space). They often
have difficulty with balance and bumping into people or objects,
and are referred to as “clumsy”.
Improve motor planning, bilateral coordination and balance
through the use of poetry.
Poems with a theme or description
Empty space in a classroom or
squares or gym “dot” markers
After “opening circle” stretches to warm up, have the
students choose a carpet square to sit on.
Read a poem, and follow up with a brief discussion of the
poem’s general theme. Tell the students you will read the poem again, this time
they should listen for words that describe movement. Read the poem again. Ask
the students to think about how it would feel to move as described
in the poem. Have
them position themselves on the carpet square in the position they
envision the animal in the poem to be in when the poem started.
Ask them to move the way they think the poet had in mind
when writing the poem. Ask
them to “freeze” in a position sometime during their movement.
Ask them to move the way they think they would have the
animal move if they were to write a poem about the same animal.