For each part of the session, consider:
- Why is this part of the session important?
- How are you going to deliver this activity in a way that is suitable for someone with complex disabilities?
- What benefits will participants gain from completing these activities?
- This activity signals the start of the sensory tennis session.
- It could be an actual coin toss, or you could create your own version.
Warm Up (5 minutes)
- The aim of a warm up is to allow participants to get used to their surroundings, prepare for the activities to come and start to raise their pulse
- Activities could including mapping the space and equipment and gradually introducing movement
- Participants will improve their spatial and body awareness, social and communication skills, and become more independent
Body and Ball (10 minutes)
- In this part of the session, participants get used to working with a ball, and using fine motor skills.
- Activities include gripping and releasing balls of different textures at different heights, and bouncing balls to a partner.
- Build up strength, hand-eye coordination and awareness of different parts of the body.
Racket and Ball (10 minutes)
- This set of activities introduces rackets and tennis stroke movements.
- Try pushing a ball along the floor with your hand or racket, and using moves like a ‘high five’ action for a volley.
- Develop spatial awareness, tracking a moving ball with eyes, arm/wrist strength and working with a partner.
Celebration (10 minutes)
- In this part of the session, we celebrate our achievements!
- It’s all about building confidence, improving communication and sharing our success with others.
- This activity signals the end of the sensory tennis session.
- It could be an actual handshake, or you could create your own version.
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