ERIC Number: ED240820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Jogging Program for Deaf-Blind Students Improves Condition and Reduces Self-Stimulation.
Alajajian, Lisa D.
Four deaf-blind students at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind were involved in a pilot aerobic program consisting of jogging for 15-20 minutes three times a week. Students were chosen based on their enjoyment of this fast movement and they were given clearance for this activity by both a doctor and a physical therapist. The students' pulse rates were taken periodically to determine whether their cardiovascular systems were benefiting from this activity. After the jogging was completed, the students walked back to class where they were given orange juice both as a reward and as a fluid replacement. Many positive changes were seen in these students. This was an excellent opportunity for students to release energy and frustrations with an appropriate activity. The four students displayed a decrease of self-abuse and self-stimulatory behaviors. The physical changes that were made consisted of a lowered resting pulse rate indicating that the cardiovascular system had to work less hard and was operating more efficiently. Since the staff noticed this positive development, more support and assistance were given and requests were made to have more students participate in this activity. Plans were made for expanding the program to incorporate walking, swimming, and mini-trampoline jumping. (EM)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Cardiovascular System, Conditioning, Deaf Blind, Elementary Secondary Education, Exercise, Heart Rate, Jogging, Physical Development, Physical Recreation Programs, Positive Reinforcement, Program Descriptions, Prosocial Behavior, Self Mutilation, Stimulation, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project
Note: Also printed in "News...about Deaf-Blind Student Programs and Services in New England."