Here are some simple tips for teachers to ensure that children who have challenges with paying attention can participate in dance.
Minimise background noise and other distractions when communicating
Engage the child’s attention, through making eye contact before giving instructions.
Encourage the child to stand where they can see and hear at all times. Make sure they have a clear view of the movements being demonstrated.
Simplify and repeat instructions. Some kids might need instructions to be made simpler and to be repeated multiple times. You may need to limit the amount of information given at once, so that only to 1-2 steps are explained at a time.
Use visual instructions such as written words and pictures so children who may have missed verbal instructions can refer to them to know what to do.
Shorten activities. 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 can be alternated between dance exercises.
Allow children to have breaks or change activities more often if they find it hard to focus.
Provide individual help where possible. Get parents or buddies involved to help children with the dance activities and understand what to do.
Remember, every child has the right to be involved in all aspects of life, especially dance. Including children with disabilities is not hard; it just requires understanding. You can make the world fit for all kids by including all kids in dance