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How to help children to sit still during circle time

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How to help children to sit still during circle time

There are two main reasons why a child may struggle to sit still   A learning body is frequently seeking the sensation of 'proprioception'. Proprioception refers to the feeling of pressure in the body's joints and muscles as the body walks, jumps, pushes, and pulls. Children learn about their body and spatial awareness through the feeling of proprioception. A learning body is frequently seeking the 'vestibular' sensation every day. Vestibular sensation refers to the feeling of head movement in the inner ear. We need this sensation to learn what feels 'upside down' and 'upright'. We use vestibular sensation to maintain our balance,...

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What is an Exercise Physiologist?

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What is an Exercise Physiologist?

What is an Exercise Physiologist? The first step to becoming an Exercise Physiologist was studying Exercise Science for 3 years where I learned about how the brain, muscles, bones, organs, heart and lungs work. I initially learnt about how to use specific exercises to improve an athlete’s running speed, jumping height, kicking distance, etc. One of our lessons at uni involved running on a treadmill after eating take away for 3 days in a row and also running on a treadmill after eating a healthy diet for 3 days in a row. This practical activity was to show us how...

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5 activities to improve fine motor skill development for children

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5 activities to improve fine motor skill development for children

5 activities to improve fine motor skill development for children  Here are 5 fun activities you can implement in your classroom or home to improve children’s fine motor skills, particularly pincer grip. Play tea parties and encourage wrist extension by carrying trays Learn more about how to develop wrist extension in my handwriting blog article here Make paper chains or pipe cleaners chains to encourage bilateral coordination Use small tongs to pick up pom poms, pasta, or magnetic letters hidden in rice Using tongs to pick up pasta, pom poms, etc. helps children to develop the grasp/release movement that is...

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What is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill?

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What is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill?

What is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill? Bilateral coordination refers to the ability to coordinate both sides of the body (left/right, top/bottom) at the same time. Why do we need bilateral coordination? We need bilateral coordination to be able to eat with a spoon while holding the bowl stable; to do up buttons; to cut a piece of paper; to hand write while keeping the piece of paper still; to throw and catch a ball using both hands; to jump over a skipping rope, and ride a bicycle with our legs, and side step. Children...

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Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension

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Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension

Improve handwriting and scissor use skills with wrist extension What is wrist extension? Wrist extension refers to the position of the wrist whereby there is a straight line between the forearm and the hand (similar to holding a tray of food) or the hand is extended backward in a push-up type position. Wrist flexion refers to the opposite position before you flex your hand forward towards your wrist so that there is a curve in your wrist. Pictured below, the top image shows the hands in wrist flexion and the bottom image shows the hand in wrist extension. Why we...

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