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Communicate clearly

Make sure you have the child’s attention before giving instructions. Use short sentences. Only give 1-2 instructions at a time. Check the child’s understanding by asking them what you have said....

Vary movement activities

Short and specific movement tasks work better than long ones.  Some kids might not be able to focus for a long time on one activity. Structure the class in short, interesting, and contrasting experiences. Movement games could be alternated between dance exercises....

Be consistent

Consistency is key. If rules are set, it is important they are followed at all times. Everyone should try to respond in the same fair and calm way, including teacher’s assistants and parents....

Set up home base spaces to give structure to class

Give each student a specific location in the dance space that acts as his or her “home base.” The student can take this spot when listening to directions. It can mark the place to be for the beginning of each exercise or activity. The spot...