Thank you so much for watching this inclusion
video series. The purpose of this inclusion video series
is to help teachers, parents and coaches include children with visual impairments in after
school sports and in physical education. We would like to thank the Lavelle Fund for
the Blind, the College at Brockport, Camp Abilities and the Institute for Movement Studies
for Individuals with Visual Impairments for their support for this video series. Welcome to our video on how to include individuals
with visual impairments and deafblindness into inclusive tennis practice and competition. My name is Peter Rifensberger. I am a freshman at the college at Brockport
playing on the college Goalball team. I compete in triathlons at an elite level
and currently studying in the field of adapted education. Today, I am going to talk to you about tennis,
a very popular sport among children with disabilities. It is fun to play with their friends and family. Please watch this introductory video. What follows are a series of tips to help
you include students with visual impairments. Tip #1 Provide orientation to the court using
a tactile board Use a tactile board to provide the student
with the concept of the court, the boundaries, and the net. Tip #2 Orient the child to the court itself
Together, walk the court and identify the location of the net and the boundaries. Be sure to feel the height, width, and length. Tip #3 Teach whole-part-whole
Teach the whole game before breaking down the game into parts. Have the class play a tennis match and explain
the step-by-step action. Tip #4 Provide instruction
Teach the concepts of the game, such as the serve, forehand stroke, and backhand stroke. Tip #5 Teach using physical guidance
Physical guidance is when the instructor or a peer moves the student with visual impairment
through the motions. Tip #6 Teach using tactile modeling
Tactile modeling is when the student with visual impairments feels the instructor or
a peer go through the motions. Tip #7 Task analysis
Task analysis is when the skill is broken down into component parts so that the student
knows each part. Always accompany each step with concise verbal
instructions. Tip #8 Game modifications
Here are some game modifications. 1. A bell tennis ball 2. A larger tennis ball with bells for sound 3. A portable sound source on the net 4. Bright pinnies 5. Verbal or audio assistance 6. A human guide 7. Allow two bounces 8. Allow the players to throw and catch with
their hands instead of hitting with a racquet 9. Allow the serve from different distances from
the net Tip #9 Game announcing
Always have an announcer for games so the student with visual impairment knows what
is happening during the tennis match. Tips for teaching children who are deafblind. 1. Determine the best way to communicate before
and during the activity. This may be with tactile signs or tactile
cues. 2. Ensure the student knows all terms an concepts
associated with the sport. 3. Explain the signs and names of all equipment,
scoring, and strategies. Support for this video provided by: the Lavelle
Fund for the Blind, the College at Brockport, Camp Abilities, the Institute for Movement
Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments and the American Printing House for the Blind. Special thanks to all the talent who made
this video possible. Executive Producer
Dr. Lauren J. Lieberman Content Specialist and Script writers
Dr. Pamela Haibach-Beach Tristan Pierce
Judy Byrd Rachel Sherman Teachers
Matt Farwell Peter Rifensberger Narrator
Ruth Childs Video Producer
Ann Giralico Pearlman

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