Skills 4 Skills

The Fitness Embassy® Body in Space – Skills 4 Skills Program applies principles of kinesthetics (body position awareness) to enhance a child’s functional performance by participating in instructor led practical sessions.

Balance provides a base line of support while stability enables children the ability to return to a state of control. These two factors impacts a child’s natural gross motor skill development and if not addressed, can adversely influence their control of movement affecting coordination.

During a child’s early developmental years, parents may mistake poor balance and stability with  clumsy behaviour, poor vision, or often observe a delay in performing simple tasks using hand-eye movements. If your child is struggling with this it may lead them to injury through falls, reduced self-esteem, experience struggles when performing daily activities, difficulty sitting still, or through poor attention and focus can be easily distracted.

In a motivational and enjoyable environment, our experienced instructors deliver customised movement programs through play that are designed to address five (5) key learning areas for childhood and school aged children.

 

 

Retained Primitive Reflexes

Bilateral Integration General Motor Skills Balance Vestibular
Benefits Greater learning capacity and improved central nervous system function. Correct response to fight or flight responses. Ability to use both sides of the body together in a coordinated way. Healthy brain function  sharing and communicating information. Stabilises the trunk and neck of the body with spatial awareness. The ability to recognise depth and distance and adapt accordingly. Increased resilience amidst changing positions and obstacles affecting the body. Optimum proprioception and neuromuscular function. Inner ear and brain that helps control balance preventing falls.
Prompts or cues to look out for? Poor sight, smell or touch. Your child may overreact to stimuli like sudden noise, light, movement or bodily position. Poor stamina witnessed. Difficulty using scissors to cut paper. Challenged to play with music instruments. Difficulty copying simple left and right hand gestures. Difficulty catching a ball or playing ball sports. Challenged by playground skills including climbing. It is a challenge to perform everyday functions in a timely manner which may include: walking, running, skipping. Challenged by playground skills including climbing and jumping. Difficulty catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat. Scared of heights. Falls often and complains of

Dizziness. Difficulty standing on one leg. Challenged by a trampoline to maintain balance.

Motion sickness

Clumsy

Falls often and complains of

Dizziness. Difficulty standing on one leg.

Skill Development Improve muscular endurance and strength development. Element of surprise and chance through play. Colour training and investigating shapes. Crossing the midline.

Hand eye coordination using metronome.

Discovering left and right brain activities through pendulum swing.

Improving posture through neurological adaptation.

Catching and time to be a copycat activities.

Improve muscular endurance and strength development. Increase trunk and neck strength. Around the clock game. Hop scotch countdown. Swiss ball bounce. Balloon tennis progressions. Health food relay. Tight rope walk. Flamenco time!

Let’s swing!

Trampoline and counting challenges. Step up and burpee time. Play through boxing patterns. Ninja Warrior obstacle course.

Pendulum swing head tilt. Tight rope eye movement. Skipping time. Swiss ball balance. Trampoline and counting challenges. Rocking chair activity. Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Island leap frog activity.
Impact on a Child’s Classroom Engagement The ability to focus on an activity or task despite changed environmental conditions such as lighting changes, moving classrooms or a different teacher leading the lesson. The ability to participate in hand eye coordination tasks including cutting, drawing, colouring-in, tracing, tearing. This also promotes ball game catching activities required in sport and PDHPE lessons. The ability to safely and without risk of injury perform agility based activities in practical lessons, as well climbing activities commonly found in the playground during lunch time. Active participation in jumping and balancing activities with confidence and within a teamwork setting. The ability to catch a bus or vehicle ride without feeling sick or dizzy. Active participation in games that include eyes closed and single-leg balancing competitions.

Of our five senses, perhaps vision is the most significant sensory input that support balance, coordination, and in turn social behaviour in young children.

The Fitness Embassy® Body in Space – Skills for Skills Program is complimentary to vision therapy and behavioural optometry, as we work closely in partnership with families and allied health professionals to ensure that effective movement programs and desired outcomes are achieved in each session.