Case Sharing - Team Croquet

Universal design is one of Weplay product features, which are applicable to different ages and needs. Weplay products are constructed for use not only in schools but also in hospitals, therapeutic environments, afterschool programs, and youth groups. Today, we’re going to share you a real case from early intervention center of National Taiwan University Children Hospital.

Wei-Tian Huang an occupational therapist, she has to assist 4 children with different abilities including Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Development Delay. During an hour treatment, she designed an activity to enhance these children's interactive abilities through play. The games allowed the children to use the Weplay products in combinations and variations, allowing the products to work even if not in the traditional sense of the design. This allows for each child to experience the game and have fun with Weplay products.

Case Sharing - Team Croquet

By OT Wei-Tian Huang

 Objective: To assist children to build skills in reaction, recognition, sensation and socialization while playing the game.

 Apply to: Children of All Abilities

 Age: 4 to 6

1.    KT0008 Rainbow River Stones
2.    KC0001.1 Octagon Creative Block
3.    Components (from KM2000.1 Motor Skill Universal Set):
-      KM2001.1 Half Brick & Brick
-      KM2004.1 Pole

 Site layout: 
1.    Build the goals in opposite sides with Octagon Creative Blocks, Half Bricks or Bricks.
2.    Position Rainbow River Stones evenly between two goals, each Rainbow River Stone is distanced about one long step from each other for children.
3.    Position the balls evenly between Rainbow River Stones.
4.    Insert the pole into Half Brick, this will be used as the mallet.

 Team & Individual Exercise:
1.    Team Competition: Two teams, 2 to 3 players in one team. Players need to pass the balls to each other to hit the ball into goal. Winner group is the one hits the ball into its own goal first.
2.   Individual Competition: Two players compete with each other. Winner is the one hits the balls into his/her own goal the most times in 3 mins.

1.    Each player stands on Rainbow River Stone before game starts with one stake.
2.    Players can only move on Rainbow River Stones during the game.
3.    Players can only touch the balls with the mallet.  

See how to set up here  bit.ly/croquetgames

1.    If there's a great gap on the following feedback between the child and his peers, please consult with the professionals.
2.    Challenge level could be adjusted according to the performance of children:
-      Goal opening: Large (easy)---Small (challenging)
-      Site size: Small (easy)---Large (challenging)
-      Timing: Long (easy)---Short (challenging)
-      Distance between Rainbow River Stones: Near (easy)---Far (challenging)
3.    Use two different colors of balls for each group, players could hit the distinguished ball the into the goal (challenge of color recognition or selective attention).

 Observation Checklist:

Hand-eye coordination & ability of action-planning
Could the child swing the mallet to hit the balls with the required strength and direction?

Does the child have control of the mallet when trying to swing to hit the ball?

Ability of problem solving
Is the child able to actively plan the easiest route to complete the task? 

Could the child choose the most suitable Rainbow River Stone to hit the balls with force and purpose?

Team work
Could child understand the rules of group competition and cooperate with others but not only play the game alone?

Could child use the clear sentence and communicate to express himself/herself during group competition?

Could the child express his/her thoughts appropriately during group competition?

Could the child notice that everyone has his/her own opinion and it’s not just about him/her?

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