Show Me The Way
Giving Directions To Learn How To Receive
Giving verbal directions is it’s own form of bio-feedback. We adjust how we speak and order our thoughts in order to get the result we seek.
As we’ve said previously, learning how to give directions can also help with learning how to follow them. The ability to direct and instruct others in ways they understand is a skill highly valued in the world, it’s also a kind of on-the-spot problem solving and requires flexible thinking.
Playing this game with your child will give you a good understanding of what they need in order to successfully follow directions – do they need to be short? Do they need repetition? Do they need to “take a mental photo”? What kind of words work best? Can they do this with eyes covered at all?
You will need some everyday objects to act as obstacles (start with soft ones wherever possible), and something to serve as a blindfold.
Have your child set up a path – make sure it is in a place you feel comfortable being guided in. If your child needs more than verbal instruction, walk them through it, demonstrating each component.
Then you guide them through the path with their eyes covered, by giving very specific verbal directions and with light fingertip support if necessary. Once they know what to do, have them, guide you through verbally.
A young child, or one who struggles with verbalizing, can direct by holding you while talking to you. You can ask questions to prompt them for better directions as you go such as “Do I go right (lift arm) or left (lift left arm)?” etc.
Take turns being the leader and the follower – have fun setting up different pathways to follow.
- You might like to suggest paths that might require crawling, sliding on, over or under, or even opening doors.
Also Works On: Attention; Vision; Listening & Understanding; Proprioception; Whole Movement (Vestibular) Processing; Problem Solving; Expressive Communication; Laterality; Frustration Tolerance
You Will Need...
- Some everyday objects to act as obstacles (start with soft ones wherever possible)
- Something to serve as a blindfold