Stoebner – 100 Squares
Purpose: To develop laterality, directionality, sequencing, orientation, motor planning and visualization
Apparatus: Four charts provided. 1st Chart-100 squares with the numbers one to 100 centered in each square. 2nd Chart-100 squares with the numbers 100 to one centered in each square. 3rd Chart-100 squares with A to J across the top row and one to 10 from top to bottom at the left side. 4th Chart-100 blank squares.
1. Seat the patient at a desk or table, with good posture and feet flat on the floor. Place the 100 blank squares Chart flat on the table in front of him. Place the one to 100 numbered chart far enough across the room so that the numbers are just readable.
2. Stick a bright library tack on any number in the numbered charts and instruct the patient to locate (or point to) the same square on his blank chart.
3. When the square has been located, ask him what number it is.
4. When the response is correct, ask him to discover how many different ways he can find to go from the number one square to the square where the tack is. For example: If the tack is on #45, he could count off the squares from one to 45, or move down from one to 11, to 21, to 31, to 41 and then across from 41 to 45. Or he might move from one to 12, 23, 34, 45. See if there is another way to reach number 45.
5. As your child moves in any of the above directions can he identify the number of each square as he moves toward his goal?
6. Repeat the above, placing your tack on another number.
7. Replace the numbered chart with chart #3. Again place a tack on any square. Have him locate the appropriate square on his blank chart. Again using #45 as an example, it would now be identified as 4E.
8. Without referring back to the number chart, can he also identify this square as #45?
9. When the above can be accomplished easily, replace the numbered one to 100 chart with the numbered chart with 100 in the upper left hand corner and repeat the above steps.
10. For directionality skills, have the patient verbalize the direction of movement he is moving: Right, left, down, up, down and right, etc. Also use the compass points for identification of movement: East, west, south, north, southeast, etc.
Aspects to be Emphasized:
1. Ability to localize correct square and identify it.
2. Ability to sequence the numbers of the squares in any selected path.
3. Ability to recognize several possible routes to any one square.
4. Ability to describe the direction of movement in terms of rights and lefts and in terms of the compass points.