Next week begins a new round of our movement class for school aged children but this year things are a bit different in that we are expanding to have TWO classes. Although both are aimed at children aged five to ten years and last for 45 minutes, there will be differences in the goals and format of the two classes. Please read the class descriptions below to determine which might be most suitable for your child.
The Sensory Motor Group (Held on Tuesdays at 4pm)
This class is designed for children who may have increased difficulty with their movement, with their attention and/or with processing sensory input from their environment. It is also suitable for children who may have delays in their gross motor skills, those who have yet to choose a dominant hand, those who present with decreased coordination or are called “clumsy” and/or those who seek sensory input (love to crash into objects or request frequent hugs or squeezes). This class requires that children are accompanied by an adult (a parent, caregiver or supported child development worker) to assist them in completing the activities and attending to instructions.
During the class fun activities and games will be encouraged that are aimed at helping to progress the children’s gross motor skills including;
Activities will incorporate and provide sensory input through deep pressure and heavy work to promote calming and help assist with self-regulation.
The Gross Motor Group (Held on Thursdays at 4pm)
This class is designed for children who have increased difficulty with their movement whereas they present with delays in their gross motor skills or decreased movement quality. It is also suitable for children who may be recovering from an injury, for those who are extremely inflexible or overly flexible, for those who are clumsy, and/or those who present with less than optimal lower limb alignment (feet turn in or out, “knock” knees, etc.). To participate in this group children must be able to attend and follow directions with minimal prompting from instructors but do not require parental involvement or one-on-one support.
During the class fun activities and games will be encouraged that are aimed at helping to progress the children’s gross motor skills while also:
Promoting optimal movement patterns within gross motor skills
Building and improving core stability
Promoting use of the correct muscles and optimal movement patterns to discourage development of compensatory strategies