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Parent Alert! The growth of your childÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s brain is inseparably linked to their physical development. For children to babble, talk, think and comprehend the world, they must first have motor control. Recent research is showing that childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s motor skill development is increasingly delayed and most parents donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t even realize it. Many children today are not learning to roll, creep, crawl and walk until months later than children from previous generations. Nature has a plan and it seems we are getting in the way. I didn't get it with my first child. I didn't want her to cry and she hated tummy time, there were other issues at hand as well but which comes first? Chicken or egg? Hayley is now a classic example of the correlation between delayed motor skills and academic development. By the time I had my second child, also a daughter, I had a much better education in movement and Devon therefore had all the tummy time and unrestricted movement a child could want. She's tracked (and is still tracking) at or head of her developmental timeline both physically and cognitively. Here's what I learned:
Movement, specific intentional movement, drives myelination of the nerve tracks to the brain. When we donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t get the proper amount and type of movement, the electrical signals we require to succeed emotionally, socially and academically donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t travel efficiently and sometimes get lost in transit. Is lack of movement one of the causes of our increasingly labeled ADHD, ADD, SI, PDD child population?
Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology states, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAcademic learning depends upon the automization of basic skills at a physical level. If a child fails to develop this automatic motor control, a teacher might observe such symptoms as reversals in reading and writing, misarticulations, poor impulse control, difficulty reading body language, or unsatisfactory peer relationships, despite good intelligence.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
In our society, childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s lack of movement starts in early childhood. First it is such conveniences as car seats, Jolly Jumpers, Bumbo seats and ExerSaucers that keep them off their tummy and unable to roll, creep or crawl freely. Then electronic distracters (TV, DS, Leapfrog, Iphone, Ipad, etc) and restricted movement during long school days dominates their life. Each move away from free unrestricted movement and active play, particularly outdoor play, contributes to slower development in both motor skills and higher levels of thinking. Yes, thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a direct connection between physical and cognitive development. Children who lack coordination and balance are not learning ready and often feel anxious and insecure. Parents, take note: the active play and exercise that your child should get daily is vital to his/her social-emotional and academic achievement.
Move with MeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ advocates outdoor play and regular movement instruction whenever possible, but we are also realistic about the obstacles to this ideal for many families and schools. Our imaginative yoga story DVDs are designed to bridge the play/exercise gap at home and at school so kids can enjoy a movement enrichment class anywhere with a computer or TV. Move with MeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ DVDs invite kids to follow-along being everything in the story, getting a balanced combination of aerobic and intentional exercise. Parents and Teachers ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ we invite you to support your childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s optimal development by using our program as a fun and engaging resource to keep your kids moving, even if they need to be indoors, even when in large groups.
Writer - Wendy PIret is a USNA ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢93 graduate who served for 8 years as an Active Duty Naval Officer before pursuing a career working in the childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s health and fitness field. Wendy is currently a licensed Movement Education Specialist with 8 years of experience in private practice, 5 years guiding children in creative movement education classes, and the last 3 years teaching Brain GymÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® workshops and seminars both privately and regionally for public and private school systems and other organizations. She is a licensed Brain GymÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® Instructor, a certified Yoga Ed. Instructor and a craniosacral practitioner specializing in pediatrics.
Today we start out with this excellent picture of a Campell, CA kindergarten class at Rainy Day Recess last week. The teacher, Sandy Tolbert, forwarded this picture to share with the note that the DVD was a big hit (that's our DVD in the background playing)! Thanks Sandy!
Want some varied, interesting and fun tips for your own movement class or family living room? Join me each week as we teach classes that span the ages from 2 to 12 yrs old. We'll mix up material and themes according to age, school topic, desire and request. We all, Liz, Leah, Lisa and I, teach different classes in different cities. Included in our repertoire will be yoga, Brain GymÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â®, Brain Dance, and creative dance, in no set order.
Laying a foundation for a lifetime of health and fitness starts at home.
We parents know kids need freedom of motion in infancy, movement and sensory rich play in preschool and early elementary. Young children thrive with daily exercise, active, creative play, however, sometimes, just carving out that 30 minutes of quality time with kids can be a challenge.
The truth is that the best thing you can do for your child and your self is to prioritize at least 20-30 minutes of one-on-one playtime daily - kids exercise, kids yoga, kids creative dramatics, kids pretend play, kids craft or art creation, kids outing - any activity they are excited about and you participate in. I made this committment with my son when he was young. It made such a difference in our relationship and his behavior. When we had our special time, we were connected through fun activity. We didn't struggle as much with the day-to-day stuff such as eating, bedtime, manners, etc. Additionally, the exercise and bonding was great for me! I would unwind, laugh and feel rejuvenvated. I would be a better person and parent afterward.
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