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logo Activitweens  A program for 8-12 year olds with clumsiness or low tone to boost their participation in school and daily activities with more confidence and less fatigue.  Suitable for children with mild to mode...

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Activitweens

 A program for 8-12 year olds with clumsiness or low tone to boost their participation in school and daily activities with more confidence and less fatigue.

 Suitable for children with mild to moderate movement issues. Diagnosis, if known, will be variable from cerebral palsy to ADD. Children will be matched with those with similar needs.

 10 week school term program once a week during school terms, or intensive 3 times per week in school holidays

 Small group work only 3-4 particiapnts, 1 hour long sessions

 Expected Outcomes

  • Specific goal directed focus eg hand writing, soccer playing
  • Improvement in confidence and ability to participate with friends
  • Development of habit to be active.

 Features of program

  • Sensory integration approach, and development of flexibility and strength to complete task
  • Stabilising and movement based challenges
  • Mixutre of repeititve and novel tasks
  • Small homework tasks focused on play tasks encouraged

 Instructors: physiotherapist and exercise physiologist

 Next program starting term 4: individual assessment and goal setting preferred before commencement of group.

 . . and for the 13 – 16 year olds we are running a pilot program of

Activiteens

 This group is designed to get teens interested and participating in exercise to encourage continued exercise participation. Teens will learn new skills and knowledge of exercise in a non-competitive environment.

 Does your child have poor posture? Does your child have a neurological condition or movement problem? Not sure how they can safely exercise? Worried about injuries as your child develops and find they are injurying themselves team sports (prehabilitation)?

 Structured sport and physical education in schools provides children with opportunities to exercise through their development but fails to instil the necessary skills, understanding or knowledge of how to continue to exercise into adult life. Teen years are the ideal platform to form new and lasting habits. By creating a non-competitive environment and targeting interests of teens it is possible to build self-confidence and healthy lifestyles.

 Expected outcomes

Measure progress, not performance. By the end of the term teens will be able to:

  • Improve their individual scores on balance, strength and coordination. (see examples of session outcome measures further down)
  • Consistently participate in 60min a day of exercise and meet the national standards
  • Healthy eating goal:
  • Lumbopelvic and shoulder girdle stability, strength, coordination and balance

 Features of the program:

TECHNOLOGY BASED: Bringing technology together with exercise to achieve physical activity outcomes. Incorporating DVD exercise/dance, Nitendo Wii, Biofeedback and EMG into exercise – help Limit arguments in the home about screen time.

SCIENCE-BASED FOUNDATION: Our program was designed by an exercise physiologist. It aims to enhance lumbopelvic and shoulder girdle stability, improve coordination and balance while encouraging continued participation in exercise into adult hood.

SMALL CLASS SIZES: Classes contain no more than 6 teens and have a 1:6 instructor to student ratio. This means more attention for your child and better learning outcomes.

 

Activiteens classes on Tuesdays @ 4pm – next 6-week term begins on February 24