1. Adaptive Dance Teaching Philosophy - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedancearticles.html
2. Adaptive Rhythmic Clapping Practice - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedancearticles2.html
3. How to Clap to Rhythms and Songs with Disabilities - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedancearticles3.html
4. Teaching Adaptive Dance in a Mixed Group - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedancearticles4.html
5. Teaching Tips for Adaptive Dance and Rhythms - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedancearticles5.html
6. Two Adaptive Lessons Clapping Rhythms, Syllables - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedancearticles6.html
7. Adaptive Dance and Rhythms Textbook – Summary - http://www.susankramer.com/adaptivedance.html
2. Adaptive Rhythmic Clapping Practice
Here are techniques for assisting students to clap rhythmic patterns - preparation for math and language patterns.
Partner and student sit on the floor, or sit together on a bed, or partner sits in a chair facing student, who is sitting in another chair.
While working on the floor, student sits cross-legged in front of partner, facing forward so that his back faces partner. If needed, partner holds student's right wrist with right hand and left wrist with left hand, so that partner can lead student's clapping pattern.
Students watch as the teacher claps the starting pattern:
1, 2, 3, 4 / 1, 2, 3, 4 / 1, 2, 3, 4 / 1, 2, 3, 4 / etc.
Students pick up the pattern by watching the teacher, feeling the rhythm within.
Now everyone closes their eyes, and by listening follows the clapping pattern in unison when the teacher changes it.
One set of hand clapping is followed by one set of floor clapping; repeat sequence over and over.
Note to teachers
While the students eyes are closed, silent claps can be included by clapping with hands and then resting hands in lap for 1 or 2 claps. Repeat the sequence till the dancers are repeating it:
1, 2, lap, 4 / 1, 2, lap, 4 / 1, 2, lap, 4 / 1, 2, lap, 4 / etc.
Link on bookcover:
Adaptive Dance Textbook by Susan Kramer