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Victor Gbolo

1. Activity: Find the Rhythm


2. Source: Gbolo, Victor (adapted from previous job training)
Stroke. (2018, April 24). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-
conditions/stroke/symptoms-causes/syc-20350113

3. Equipment Needed: None


4. Activity Description:
a. Participants form a circle
b. One participant volunteers to be the rhythm finder. This participant leaves the
room
c. Of the remaining participants in the room, one participant volunteers to be the
rhythm setter
d. The rhythm setter is charged with performing a rhythm motion using their body
i. Can use any part of body
ii. Must be a continuous, fluid motion
iii. Can perform a motion no longer than five seconds
e. All other participants in the circle must watch and mimic the motions of the
rhythm setter
f. The group facilitator now calls the rhythm finder to return to the room
g. The rhythm finder must observe the group to identify the rhythm setter
i. Gets five guess attempts
h. Gameplay is ended when the rhythm finder either successfully identifies the
rhythm seeker within five attempts, or exhausts all five attempts
5. Primary interaction pattern(s): The primary interaction pattern for this activity is
unilateral.
6. Adaptation: There are several physical benefits to this activity. As the rhythm finder,
the participant will work on spatial orientation by moving around as to focus on
finding the participant who moves to set the rhythm. This participant will also
develop reaction speed and auditory acuity. As the rhythm setter, the participant will
work on both fine and gross motor movements, coordination, and reaction speed. The
remaining participants in the group will develop the same skills as the rhythm setter,
with an emphasis on reaction speed, as they will need to fluidly mimic the rhythm.
Victor Gbolo

This activity can be adapted for individuals with motor impairment due to a primary
diagnosis of stroke. One of the most prevalent side effects of stroke are a reduction in
muscular strength and motor control. This activity will work to restore physical
functioning by improving movement patterns.
a. Adaptation may include
i. The rhythm setter setting a slower rhythm to allow the other participants
time to mimic
ii. Rhythmic movements being limited to upper extremities to conserve
energy
iii. If participants in group all share similar motor impairments (i.e., all
participants have weakness in right side of body) then motions using the
impaired body part can be emphasized to focus on development there.