Here are some pictures from my blindfold obstacle course at home this afternoon. In order to test out the concept, I set up the whole course myself knowing where all the obstacles were. I put a white blanket over my speakers and went behind that and blindfolded myself. Then I crawled under that on to a fluffy blanket on the floor. After that, I tried stepping over the blue blanket and crawled on the hard floor not knocking into things.
I also moved a cardboard box, stood up and walked around a chair to a cloths horse, knelt down and moved with head down between it and the table and moved the table cloth. I walked around a chair at the bench, knelt on the carpet and crawled into my room, crawling along a bolster and around the corner onto a green blanket.
- Spin the blindfolded person around to disorient them
- Set up obstacle course but blindfold them before they see it
- Hide a stuffed animal or pillow and one end of the course and have your child make the return trip cuddling it so they can’t always use both hands
- Place different textured mats, or blankets throughout the course and have the child identify the different textures.
Application for ADL:
- Being more slow and calm with body movements.
- Paying more attention to the details of the objects around you
- More tactile feedback
- Having to think more about what you are doing
Next time I might practice trying to step over blankets blindfolded without knocking them down.