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Orientation and Mobility

Week of June 8-12

Learning objective 1: MOVE IT Activities from PE and O&M--Keep your body moving and your cane skills sharp!

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Activities:


Learning objective 2: learn about the newer Ultra Cane. The Ultra Cane has sensors that detect objects close to you and farther away, and objects that are chest or head height.

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Activity:


Learning objective 3: two ways to practice your cane “arc” or swing so it’s wide enough to protect your body.

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  • your cane and a chair for the first option of practicing your swing.

  • your cane and a piece of carpet or carpet runner, or a piece of cardboard as wide as the width of your shoulders for the second option.

Activity:

1) place a chair that has open legs, such as a kitchen chair/dining room chair in front of yourself. If you can’t do that, have someone do that for you. Facing the chair, swing the cane between the two legs, making sure to tap each one and repeat for as long as you want.

2) place a carpet runner or strip of cardboard that is wide enough to cover the distance between your shoulders in front of you on a hard surface. Tap or swing the cane from the left to the right and listen for the sound of the cane tip as it contacts the hard surface. If the sound is soft and you don’t feel the hard surface then the cane is not swinging out far enough.


Learning objective 4: how to practice walking through a door so you don’t hit your shoulders.

Materials needed: phone, tablet or computer to access the links, participate in the activity and log in your work on the student progress check in

  • your cane

Activity:

  • when approaching a door make sure to keep the cane in front of yourself and let the cane find the door. Once the cane makes contact with the door walk up to it. Slide the whole cane to the right and left to locate the door handle, knob, or flush metal plate. Once you have discovered how to open the door, pull or push the door open making sure to keep the cane in front of yourself. If you need to pull the door open, remember to back up far enough so you have room to swing the cane right and left before you walk through. Whether you pull the door or push it open remember to swing the cane to the right and left until you make contact with the door frame. Once you know where the door frame is you can adjust yourself to walk through the doorway without hitting your shoulders. Also, make sure you keep the cane tip in front of yourself and on the ground as you step through to avoid any surprises that could make you trip or step down unexpectedly.