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Shrinking Space


Physical: hand-eye coordination, reaction time, gross motor skill

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more


medium-sized ball OR basketball


  1. on a signal, dribblers dribble anywhere within the basketball court without contacting other dribblers
  2. the space gets gradually smaller

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

If the child has typical upper body strength, have the child hold the ball on their lap and push the wheelchair a few rotations. Then have the child bounce the ball and then push the wheelchair again.

Safety tip: ensure children using wheelchairs have appropriate wheelchair skills and strength to maneuver their chair and a ball simultaneously

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: designate a specific space for the child to dribble, away from other children to decrease social demand
Change the task: 
have the child catch the ball after they dribble the ball 10 times to decrease physical and cognitive demand 

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task:

  • have the child run while dribbling to increase physical and cognitive demand
  • have the child swap their ball with another child while dribbling to increase physical, cognitive, and social demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to dribble their own ball (large/ bouncy) continuously for 2 minutes without contacting other dribbles
  • I can dribble around the gym with my friend

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