How to use this Programme

The programme consists of 19 movement skills which can be learnt in any order.  There is also a video of a stretching routine which should be practiced before and after  each session.  Stretches are particularly chosen because of their proprioceptive/grounding input effective for individuals with autism.  The ideal routine for delivering the programme is as follows:

  1. Before commencing the session ensure you are logged in with your email and password used to purchase the programme.
  2. Ensure any equipment required, i.e. balls, bat etc. is available.
  3. Allow the participant to view the video of each stretch before performing it.
  4. Perform the stretch and provide prompting support as necessary.
  5. Allow the participant to observe the video of the skill you wish to teach.
  6. Ask the participant to then perform the skill.  Provide prompting support as necessary.
  7. Use the Identifying Features list to establish what points need to be worked on.
  8. Use the voice over prompt to guide you to the key areas of each skill.
  9. Use the Additional Learning Opportunities list to further develop communication, social, emotional and physical skills.
  10. Perform post stretching routine after each session.
  • Practice each skill at least 5 times per session
  • Have a minimum of three sessions per week.
  • Include at least three to five skills per session with each session lasting 20 minutes.

The key to the successful running of the programme is to ensure the frequency, intensity and duration of each session is maintained. The more often each skill is practiced, the greater the chance of refining the skill and ensuring permanent learning takes place.

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New: Fundamental Movement Skill Acquisition for Children and Adults with Autism

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Balance on a Stepper

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Balancebeam.mp4 Identifying Features Can walk a stepperAlternative stepping actionEyes focus beyond stepperBoth arms used to aid balanceAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me walking fastShow me walking slowWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving her … What colour is the stepper?The girl is moving her … What shape…

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Ball Bouncing

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BallBouncing.mp4 Identifying Features Feet placed in narrow strike position, with opposite foot forwardSlight forward trunk leanBall held waist highBall pushed toward ground, with follow-through of arm, wrist and fingersControlled force of downward thrustRepeated contact and pushing action initiated from fingertipsVisual monitoring unnecessaryControlled dribblingAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me…

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Ball Rolling

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BallRolling.mp4 Identifying Features Stride stanceSlight hip rotation and trunk lean forwardPronounced knee bendForward swing with weight transferred from rear to forward footRelease at knee level or belowEyes are on target throughoutAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me bouncing hardShow me bouncing softWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving…

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Catching

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Catching.mp4 Identifying Features No avoidance reactionEyes follow ball into handsArms are held relaxed at sides, and forearms are held in front of bodyArms give on contact to absorb force of the ballArms adjust to flight of ballThumbs are held in opposition to each otherHands grasp ball in a well-timed, simultaneous motionFingers grasp more effectivelyAdditional Learning…

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Dodging

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Dodging.mp4 Identifying Features Knees bent, slight trunk lean forwardFluid directional changes, performs well in all directionsHead and shoulders fakeGood lateral movementAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me dodging fastShow me dodging slowShow me dodging leftShow me dodging rightWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving her … What colour…

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Forward Roll

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ForwardRoll.mp4 Identifying Features Head leads actionBack of head touches surface lightlyBody remains in tight cArms aid in force productionMomentum returns student to starting position.Additional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me rolling fastShow me rolling slowWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving her …

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Hopping

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Hoping.mp4 Identifying Features Non-support leg flexed at 90 degrees or lessBody leanSwinging action of non-support legArms move rhythmicallyArms used for force productionAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me fastShow me slowWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving her …

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Jumping from a Height

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Jumpingfromheight.mp4 Identifying Features Two footed take-offControlled flight phaseBoth arms used to control balance as neededFeet contact lower surface simultaneously, with toes touching firstFeet land shoulder width apartFlexion at knees and hipAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me jumping downShow me jumping upWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving…

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Kicking

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Kicking.mp4 Identifying Features Arms swing in opposition to each other during kicking actionTrunk bends at waist during follow-throughMovement of kicking leg is initiated at the hipSupport leg bends slightly on contactLength of leg swing increasesFollow-through is highApproach to the ball is from either a run or leapAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl…

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Leaping

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Leaping.mp4 Identifying Features Relaxed rhythmical actionForceful extension of take-off legDefinite forward trunk leanDefinite arm oppositionFull extension of legs during flightAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. What is the girl moving?The girl is moving her …

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Overarm Throw

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Overarmthrow.mp4 Identifying Features Arm is swung backward in preparationOpposite elbow is raised for balanceThrowing elbow moves forward horizontally as it extendsTrunk markedly rotates to throwing side during preparatory actionThrowing shoulder drops slightlyDefinite rotation through hips, legs, spine, and shoulders during throwWeight during preparatory movement is on rear footAs weight is shifted, there is a step…

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Running

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Running.mp4 Identifying Features Stride length at maximumSpeed fastDefinite flight phaseExtension of support legRecovery thigh parallel to the groundArms swing vertically in opposition to the legsAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me fastShow me slowWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving her …

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Sliding

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Sliding.mp4 Identifying Features Smooth, rhythmical actionTrailing leg lands adjacent to or behind lead legLow flight patternHeel-toe contact combinationArms not needed for balanceAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show me sliding to the rightShow me sliding to the leftWhat is the girl moving?The girl is moving her …

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Striking

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Striking.mp4 Identifying Features Trunk turns to side in anticipation of tossed ballWeight shifts to back footHips rotateWeight shifts to forward foot occurs while object is still moving backwardStriking occurs in a long, full arc in a horizontal patternWeight shifts to forward foot at contactAdditional Learning Opportunities What is the girl doing?The girl is ……. Show…

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