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A child with a physical disability (even a child with crutches, in a walker, or in a wheelchair) does not have to be left out of jump rope fun. The first step is to have more than one jump rope on hand. One may be used for kids who can jump rope in the traditional way. Other jump ropes could be used as outlined below.
Have adults turn the rope.
Perhaps your child’s gross motor skills are close to those of other, “typically developing” kids. If so, consider having adults turn the rope. They can choose a good pace and be watchful to stop if the jumper has difficulty.
(Note: Gross motor skills are those that involve big muscles. Jumping, running, walking, dancing, and climbing are a few examples of gross motor skills.
Tape a jump rope flat on the sidewalk. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, adaptive PE teachers, and special education teacher often use this technique. After the jump rope is taped securely, let your child enjoy “jumping” over the rope. In this case, the jumping may be actual jumping or possibly stepping over the rope.
A child in a wheel chair could roll over the rope. Older, severely handicapped children who are working on crawling could do that.
For a fun challenge, try taping several jump ropes to the sidewalk in a parallel pattern like a ladder. Soon all the kids in the neighborhood will want to jump the rope course!