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Hand Clapping games are generally played by two players and involve cooperative clapping . We start each morning with a simple clapping/step sequence to 'pass' to the next person in the circle. This is difficult for many children with Autism, so we practice it daily and with Ms. Christa today!
From a teaching perspective, hand clapping games help to develop timing, rhyme, coordination, joint attention and foster social learning.
I teach games and activities that have a social as well as cognitive and motor benefits. I start with a simple pattern as you can see in this video and pair it with words, slowing them down and starting out with the simplest movements. The key is to start simple. Skip complex patterns and then increase difficulty as the children's skills improve. This is a fun game to play at home!