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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....

Use visual instructions

Display a list of class activities on the wall or an easel. This helps students understand what they will be doing first, second, third, and so on. Include words and/or pictures that show the activity sequence. Use pictures to teach basic dance elements: body positions, and...

Shorten movement tasks and dance exercises

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....

Simplify and repeat instructions

Some kids might need instructions to be made simpler and dance movements repeated multiple times. You may need to limit the amount of information given, so that only one step is explained at a time....