So I recently just started volunteering at a summer camp primarily for students with special needs and on my first day I overheard one of the teachers asking if we had hula hoops. She couldn't find any, and that got me thinking...How awesome would it be if they incorporated that as an activity here? So I briefly brought up the idea to the head teacher, asking her if hula hoops were something they could include. She said she thought so and that there were a few hoops hanging around, but wasn't sure what shape they were in. I replied that I could make some and she said that sounded cool and I should e-mail the program coordinator about it.
So later today I'm going to discuss my idea a little further with both of them, and I do have some ideas for activities we could introduce that utilize hula hoops including bean bag toss, hoop toss (over cones and just to each other), as well as stretching with the hoops...My question is whether or not I should suggest actually hooping with the hoops or not. My fear is that the students may get discouraged/frustrated, and I just want them to have fun. Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone else here has incorporated hula hoops in working with students with disabilities and if they can offer any words of wisdom? I'd greatly appreciate it!
I work with kids who have Autism and other disabilities. I've found that core hooping is too hard and frustrates them. However, smaller mini hoops are good for some arm movement stuff. They also do well with poi flags and make pretty designs in the air. I like the poi flags better than poi since they don't hurt.
There are also other games that can be done with hoops. Make a pattern on the ground with them and play follow the leader. They can build 3 dimensional structures (sometimes can be hard depending on ability levels). There are more but my mind is drawing a blank now. It's still summer vacation. :D
Thank you for your reply! There are students with Autism and Down Syndrome in this group, and I definitely don't want them to feel frustrated from an activity I introduce. I think we'll definitely stick to utilizing the hoops as props in games.