Exercises that improve your child’s coordination

Exercises that improve your child’s coordination


[ Music ]>>Hi, I’m Kendra. I’m a physical therapist at C.S. Mott
Children’s Hospital [Background Music], and I’m here at the new Pediatric Rehabilitation
Center, with my friend, Michael, and Elena. And we’re going to show you some ideas to help improve your child’s
coordination over the summer. I’m going to show you a sequence and progression
of bouncing and catching a tennis ball for your child to work on at home. All right, guys. So we’re going to start, first of
all, just by dropping the tennis ball and catching it in the same hand. Good. Now, once you kind of get that, try to
drop it and catch it with the opposite hand, so you’re switching back and forth. Good. Good. Now let’s move on to trying to dribble
the tennis ball with the same hand. See how many dribbles you can get in a row. Very good, guys. Now try dribbling with switching
hands and dribble. Right and left, then right, then left. Good. And it’s okay if you have to move around a
little bit, because the ball kind of goes crazy. Outdoors, your child could also work on throwing
a tennis ball against a wall and catching it. Now, if you have two kids and two tennis balls, you can really do a lot of
great work with coordination. You can work on underhand tossing,
overhead tossing, or even bounce passing. And finally, one game that I love to play
that works on both hand-eye coordination and body coordination is with two
partners and two tennis balls. So let’s see how to do it. We’re going to start with a tennis ball in
our right hand, and on the count of three, you’re going to bounce it to each other
and catch it only in your left hand. Ready? One, two, three. Bounce and catch. Good. Now switch it to your right hand. Bounce and catch. Try to get a rhythm. Ready? Put it in your right hand. Good. Bounce, catch, switch hands. Bounce, catch, switch hands. Bounce, catch, switch. Bounce, catch, switch. All right, good. Pause now. Let’s up the ante a little bit more. This time after you catch it, you’re going to
pass it around behind your back and get ready to throw, so the words are going
to be, bounce, catch, pass, ready. Bounce, catch, pass, ready. Okay, so get your hand in the ready position. Ball’s in right hand. Good. Bounce, catch, pass, ready. Bounce, catch, pass, ready. Oh, good job. Here, let’s try it again. Bounce, catch, pass, ready. Bounce, catch, pass, ready. Bounce, catch, pass, ready. Parents, those were just a few ideas to work
on your child’s coordination over the summer. And remember, coordination is great for things
like getting your kids to excel at sports or even playing safely in the playground. But more importantly, coordination is an
important aspect of school, reading, writing, and being able to concentrate and
work on things in the classroom. If you have concerns about your
child’s development or coordination, be sure to contact your pediatrician. And visit www.mottchildren.org for more
information on pediatric rehabilitation. [ Music ]