Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Its Always Better when Families Do It!

I work with a couple of boys on Sundays.  The sessions are neat because they are always changing and morphing into something new.  Sometimes it is the mums and little sisters doing what we do, sometimes it is the dads doing what we do.  Sometimes everyone is doing their own thing with all of the toys and slackline I set up.

I can't imagine a better situation where parents can model for their kids how to play.  I tell them that they had better do it now and get good at climbing and jumping over things before their kids get older and shun them at the playground.  No kid is going to send his mum or dad away as he is vaulting over playground equipment like a Secret Ninja Agent...he will be chasing to catch up to his friends who are playing follow the leader.

Fitness is a family game.  Fitness is a lifelong game that needs to be pursued...even as we are heading to our grave...I hope to running and jumping over something on the way.

EXercise IS Therapy

Sharing and Collaborating: Exercise Programs for School Districts?

I have created a google document and am sharing the link.  It is open to edit and comment.

The main idea behind the document is to create a discussion about proactive exercise for kids with behavioural issues in the classroom.  Can a program be created distric wide, or on a multi-district scope?

Feel free to add ideas, concerns, comments!  Try your best to highlight what you add.  better yet if you comment I will know who you are!


Share this link with others if you so wish!


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Creating a Non-profit Organisation!

Exciting news in the world of www.EXercise-IS-Therapy.ca .

We are in the process of becoming a Non-profit organisation!  The purpose behind creating an NPO is to be able to access funds and grants to fund:

  •  services for kids and adults who do not have access to (autism) funding
  •  create and fund a pilot project for a program in school districts that will focus on kids with neurobehavioural issues (autism, ADHD) and monitor any affect that an exercise regimine may have on behaviour and scholastic succes in school
  •  outreach programs for familes with kids with special needs focusing on wellness and activity

Have any ideas?  Want to be a supporter? Want to be involved?

Make contact!


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Creative Movement


Creative movement. 

I think this statement epitomises what I want for my clients:
Mindful movement. 
Safe movement. 
Ninja movement. 

This article is fantastic and I hope that everybody, whether you want to be a ninja or not will strive for control of their body and move with strength and grace. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

DCD, or developmental coordination disorder, has come up in my practice recently.  I am currently working with one individual with DCD and am hoping to begin work with another this month.

DCD is a condition that is symptomatically expressed by delayed developmental milestones, poor motor coordination (gross and fine motor skills), poor muscle tone, poor hand-eye coordination/motor planning.

There are no indicated causes of the disorder, however there is a high comorbidity with ADHD (or perhaps the other way around?).  As well current research is exploring cerebellar dysfunction as a root to the condition.

Treatment?  "Individualized, task-oriented approach which focuses on the direct teaching of functional skills that children need or want to perform".  As everyone's abilities and goals are different, individualised programs allow for each person to develop general and specific skills.