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Learning Disabilities Articles for Help with Kids by Susan Kramer


1. What Is Dysgraphia?
2. Dyslexia Information and Help
3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Symptoms
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained
5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Managing Anger
6. What Is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  - CDD?
Hyperlexia Information
8. Asperger's Disorder Information
9. TSC and Learning Disabilities
Living Harmoniously with Learning Disabilities
11. Cooperation and Learning Disabilities
12. Overcoming Stress
13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids
14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends
15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?
16. Making Transitions and Learning Disabilities
17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions
18. Back to School Dress When Challenged
19. Showing Courage and Learning Disabilities
20. Teach Kids to Stay Close to Home
21. Feeling Fear and Learning Disabilities
22. Kids Learn Trustworthiness
23. Multitasking Ideas
24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities?
25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids
27. Materialism Issues
28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge
29. Vocational or Academics for Challenged Teens?
30. Expectations and Relating
31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities
32. Our Roles in the Eyes of Society
Developing Self-Esteem
34. Changing Goals and Learning Disabilities
35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational
36. Achievement with Learning Disabilities
37. Resolving Conflicts and Learning Disabilities
38. Teaching Kids Order and Organization
39. Family Life with Learning Disabilities
40. Backyard Motor Skills Games
41. Truancy and Learning Disabilities
42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly
43. Looking for Equitable Resolves
44. Aerobic Activities for Stress Relief in School
45. Acceptance, Abundance and Learning Disabilities
46. Kids Learn About Sharing

40. Backyard Motor Skills Games

Your backyard can be a great place for kids to play games that develop their large motor skills. And if you have kids with disabilities you can be right there to supervise or help out as necessary.

Think of the backyard workouts as homework. That physical movement develops connections between both sides of the brain, necessary for academic work.

Movement on the right side of the body is controlled from the left side of the brain and vice versa, the movements of the left side come from commands in the right brain.

Jump rope games:

Jump rope games use both feet and later one foot at a time. Be sure, when kids are using one foot that they change feet every so often to develop both sides of the body equally.

One of my favorite jump rope games was double dutch which we did like this: You need 2 long jump ropes and one person at each end holding both ropes. Both ropes are turned inward toward the center in even rotation.

Now the jumper comes in and has to jump over the ropes when they touch the ground, remembering that one rope is coming from left and the other from right.

The rhythm of turning is slower than a single rope to give the jumper time to adjust for the change of rope direction.

Ball games:

Play kickball using a 1 foot in diameter beach ball so no one gets hurt if hit. If you have several kids playing, make a circle and kick across the circle trying to kick to the next person in line across the circle so each person gets a turn.

The rotations can go clockwise then counterclockwise, so kids learn about both directions. These directions are very important to differentiate because in printing and writing both clockwise and counterclockwise circles are used to form and connect letters.

Practice dribbling the same ball just described. This is an individual skill to learn. After the dribbling skill is mastered move on to using alternate hands, for example try 3 dribbles with the right hand, 3 dribbles with the left hand, 2 dribbles then change, and then a little slower one dribble and change, one dribble and change.

In summary, with a jump rope or ball, kids can practice and master motor skills that pay dividends in the academic setting. Some games are individual; some group skills.

Article by Susan Kramer

Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons

Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
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All articles copyright 2000-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Susan Kramer has worked as a dance specialist with kids and adults of all abilities for more than 30 years,
and lives with her husband in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click autobiography for details.