Tips for Unit 2 Assignments

You will look at how the movements can be safely adapted for specific mobility and health problems and research ways in which you can ensure inclusion for disabilities. This research, along with the handouts provided, will enable you to look at different ways of teaching the movements for inclusion.

Inclusion, in your area of expertise, will mean that you will need to know how to make Shibashi exercises accessible to all learners, regardless of their disability or age.

Your assignment should include an evaluation/description of how to adapt your teaching of Shibashi for a variety of 'disabilities'. If you work with children you may want to do some research into ADHD and Tai Chi.
You will need to 'think outside of the box' for this assignment as a condition such as tennis elbow would 'disable' the learner and necessitate adaption of movements too. Please remember to include information gained from the study guide.

 Candidates written work.

Begin by writing an introduction - maybe something generic about inclusion. Keep this brief though as you need to focus on the criteria for this assignment.

Then think about the following:

  • SVI learner and how you need to adapt your teaching. Mention at least 2 things.
  • Seated is in itself an adaptation - are there are H & S issues that come into play when one does seated Shibashi? You may have mentioned these in your correct body alignment assignment but include them here as well when they are related to adaptations.
  • Restricted arm movement due to a number of possible causes (e.g. Stroke, Frozen shoulder, Parkinsons - make moves smaller! )
  • Mention of a specific health/mobility problem and how you would adapt for it.
  • Provide examples of at least one specific movement - 2 or 3 is preferable.
  • Remember the H & S issues that may come into play when adapting movements.




The Discussion 

You will also need to actively participate in the discussion set up for this unit. You will be informed of the date of this discussion, nearer the time.

Please ensure that you make at least 3 separate contributions (ideally each one should add something new to the discussion).
A way to provide evidence for yourself is to ask your peers for suggestions & offer advice to others (asking for suggestions alone will not count as a contribution but it will start the ball rolling), e.g - Does anyone know how to adapt for a bunion? This will not count as a contribution or evidence.

Sharing your personal experiences is really helpful to your peers, but please also remember that you need to provide evidence, through discussion, that you can evaluate how and when to adapt a movement.

 Here's are the 3 things in one comment that count - because it covers everything.

  1. Mention a health problem e.g. Parkinson's.
  2. Say how people may be affected e.g. balance.
  3. Say how to adapt for this e.g. have a chair at hand in case it's needed for confidence, reduce the bow stance movements as the learner may worry about their balance in these moves, visualise the lifting of toe then heel.

If you cover the 3 important aspects in one comment it will provide you with evidence. Then begin again with another health problem, start a new comment and go through the same 3 steps again. You need 3 useful contributions to gain your evidence.