Students who are blind or visually impaired will typically need instructional and material adaptations to electives classes. Instructional strategies and adaptations can allow students who are blind or visually impaired to participate in arts education (including creative arts, dance, and music), physical education and home economics courses.
By: Carmen Willings
Students who are blind or visually impaired can benefit from involvement in dance. Dance can improve students movement, coordination, independence and can also help the student increase their orientation and mobility skills. The student may have opportunities to participate in dance within the Physical Education program, or may choose to take formal dance lessons.
The Arts Education Chapter in Foundations of Education 2nd edition, Volume II written by Donna McNear, makes the following suggestions:
Whole Body Movements:
bend backward, bend forward, bend sideways, crawl, hop, jump, lift, lie down, roll, run, shuffle. sit, skate, skip, squat, stand up, stoop, sway, tiptoe, twirl, turn, walk
Lower Body Movements:
bend knees, click heels together, kick, stamp, stand on one foot, stand on tiptoe, swing legs, tap toes, tap heels, wiggle toes
Upper Body Movements:
bend arm, catch, clap, clutch, fold, grasp, move chin down, move chin up, nod head, pat head, pound, pull, punch, put arm across body, raise arm up, put arm down, reach, rub, shake head, shrug, slouch, straighten arm, stretch, swing arms, throw, tug wave, wind
cut, flick, lace, pinch, point, scratch, snap, squeeze, tap, tie, twist, wiggle
grimacing, squinting, wrinkling
Ways to Move:
loudly, happily, quickly, quietly, sadly, slowly
Directions in Which to Move
up, down, backward, forward, sideways, in a circle
Move in Relation to an Object
over, under, in front of, in back of, between, beside
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