Ch 9: Motor Skills & Physical Activities in Special Education

About This Chapter

This chapter can help you create engaging lesson plans that incorporate motor skills and physical activities for your students in special education. Explore informative teaching strategies, games and activity ideas that can help you make learning fun for students of all ages.

Motor Skills & Physical Activities in Special Education - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to help your students in special education develop their motor skills and enhance their overall physical abilities. Teacher resources offer a variety games and activities you can use in the classroom. Also, benefit from informative teaching strategies. Resources in this chapter include the following:

  • Gross and fine motor skills activities and games for toddlers
  • Adult fine motor skill activities
  • Ways to improve fine motor skills
  • Teaching strategies for orthopedic impairments
  • Adapted physical education games and activities

These resources are accessible 24/7 from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Review one, several or all resources to ensure you prepare the most comprehensive lessons possible for your students.

How It Helps

  • Simplifies lesson planning: Plan lessons with ease by accessing numerous resources related to motor skills and physical activities in special education in one convenient location.
  • Improves classroom instruction: Resources include teaching strategies designed to ensure you give students a well-rounded learning experience.
  • Engages students: Fun games and activities increase students' interest and keep them engaged as you teach your lessons.

Skills Covered

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to help students improve their motor skills
  • Incorporate games and activities into your lessons that help your toddlers improve their gross and fine motor skills
  • Get your adult students excited about improving their fine motor skills with engaging activities
  • Utilize teaching strategies designed to help students with orthopedic impairments
  • Plan lessons that include adapted physical education games and activities

18 Lessons in Chapter 9: Motor Skills & Physical Activities in Special Education
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How to Improve Fine Motor Skills

1. How to Improve Fine Motor Skills

This lesson will provide you with various activities, games, examples, and the rationale for each for improving fine motor skills in the hands and fingers.

Fine Motor Activities for Children with Cerebral Palsy

2. Fine Motor Activities for Children with Cerebral Palsy

It's important to help students with cerebral palsy develop their fine motor skills. Use the following building and drawing activities to help your students fine tune these skills.

Physical Education Activities for Special Education Students

3. Physical Education Activities for Special Education Students

Use this lesson for activity ideas you can use with special education students in your physical education classes. Adapted physical education activities include modifications for a wide range of students and abilities.

Orthopedic Impairment Teaching Strategies

4. Orthopedic Impairment Teaching Strategies

Working with a child with orthopedic impairments in the classroom can be challenging but also rewarding. Using these strategies on a daily basis will help make the school day easier and accommodating for these students.

Adapted Physical Education Activities

5. Adapted Physical Education Activities

In this lesson, we'll examine adapted physical education (often referred to as APE) and explore some activities that could be used in an adaptive physical education classroom.

Gross Motor Skills Activities & Games for Toddlers

6. Gross Motor Skills Activities & Games for Toddlers

Picture a group of toddlers playing. As they run, jump, and chase balls, they are actually strengthening the critical muscles they need to develop gross motor skills. This lesson lists games that adults can use to help toddlers develop these skills.

Fine Motor Skills Activities & Games for Toddlers

7. Fine Motor Skills Activities & Games for Toddlers

Developing fine motor skills is an important milestone for toddlers. Doing puzzles, eating, and stacking blocks all require the use of strong hands and fingers. Read on for some activities and games you can implement with children in the toddler age range.

Fine Motor Skills Activities for Adults

8. Fine Motor Skills Activities for Adults

Try some of these engaging and effective activities with adults who need to improve their fine motor skills. Remember that keeping things fun and interesting will increase motivation and accelerate improvement.

Psychomotor Learning Objectives Examples

9. Psychomotor Learning Objectives Examples

How can we utilize psychomotor domain theory to improve our teaching practices? This lesson provides tangible examples of learning objectives that target specific psychomotor skills.

Psychomotor Domain: Definition & Examples

10. Psychomotor Domain: Definition & Examples

Need a quick overview of the psychomotor domain of learning? This lesson describes one of the most well-recognized models and provides tangible examples.

Motor Planning Activities for Kids

11. Motor Planning Activities for Kids

This lesson gives you classroom activity ideas that help young students practice motor planning. These activities are easy to create using materials you have handy and can be reused again and again for reinforcement of skills.

Motor Planning for Speech

12. Motor Planning for Speech

Whether you are a speech and language pathologist or a classroom teacher, helping children work on their motor planning for speech can make a big difference in their progress. This lesson offers ideas and activities you can incorporate into your lesson plans.

Motor Planning Activities for Adults

13. Motor Planning Activities for Adults

Motor planning is an important part of helping adults recuperate or develop their capacity to move and function freely. This lesson offers motor planning activities that are specifically catered toward a set of adult learners.

Motor Planning Activities for Handwriting

14. Motor Planning Activities for Handwriting

This lesson contains ideas for activities to use with your students as they navigate handwriting skills. Several motor planning activities are given that can be used as your students learn to write letters independently.

Developing Gross Motor Skills Lesson Plan

15. Developing Gross Motor Skills Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides information to support a teacher in working with K-5 students who need additional development of gross motor skills. Through a non-competitive class Olympics activity, students actively participate in a variety of gross motor activities.

Assistive Technology for Fine Motor Skills

16. Assistive Technology for Fine Motor Skills

Assistive technologies to support students with fine motor deficiencies can be either high-tech or low-tech. This lesson reviews the need for assistive technologies as well as types of assistive technologies available.

Motor Imitation: Definition & Examples

17. Motor Imitation: Definition & Examples

This lesson will introduce you to the concept of motor imitation. You'll learn about the different kinds of motor imitation, and see some examples of each.

Fine Motor Skills Activities for Autism

18. Fine Motor Skills Activities for Autism

Helping students with autism build their fine motor skills is essential to their physical development, as well as reinforcing mental concentration and acuity. Help your students with autism practice fine motor skills using these hands-on activities.

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