Exercise for kids is important. Exercise for kids with unique and special needs especially so.
Our goal is to develop a practice that promotes vigorous exercise and movement literacy for all of the kids and young adults we work with. It is about building lifelong physical skills.
"Go play outside and burn off some energy" doesn't always work for some.
Saturday 1 November 2014
If you have access to scholalry articles:
Exercise: a behavioral intervention to enhance brain health and plasticity
Extensive research on humans suggests that exercise could have benefits for overall health and cognitive function, particularly in later life. Recent studies using animal models have been directed towards understanding the neurobiological bases of these benefits. It is now clear that voluntary exercise can increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and other growth factors, stimulateneurogenesis, increase resistance to brain insult and improve learning and mental performance. Recently, high-density oligonucleotidemicroarray analysis has demonstrated that, in addition to increasing levels of BDNF, exercise mobilizes gene expression profiles that would be predicted to benefit brain plasticity processes. Thus, exercise could provide a simple means to maintain brain function and promote brain plasticity.