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PURPOSE: To provide a means of continuing orientation and mobility training when weather is inclement. This game has students who are not rote route travelers use their auditory, olfactory, and tactile senses to identify various areas to which they travel. It also improves spatial orientation by requiring students to evaluate route options and determine which is the most efficient means of reaching the objective. On index cards, write the names of destinations familiar to participating students in Braille and large print. Place the cards in a bag and have students randomly select a card and then plan the most efficient route from the present location to the listed destination. The game can be adapted to meet the needs of particular student groups. For young students and those with developmental disabilities, the cards can list characteristics or functions of the destination. For more advanced travelers, a series of cues are recorded on a tape. When the original destination is reached, the student listens to the cues on tape to determine the next objective. For students working on scanning skills, large-print cues can be placed on large red circles. When the student reaches the the objective originally drawn from the bag, he/she must scan the environment to locate the next cue. With students working on soliciting information and assistance, destinations are designed where someone waits to hand the student a cue card. The student reaches the destination and requests information from the card holder. The student then reads the cue card and plans a route to the next destination. For students working on self-evacuation, once or twice during the game the student is told that a fire or other emergency has blacked the planned evacuation route. The student must then decide where to exit the building in the safest and most efficient manner. TITLE: O&M for Rainy Days (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Carole A. Wilson. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol 35 no 3, Fall 2003: p. 123-124. PAGES (including cover): 3 2003.
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