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The Language of the Body: Teaching Movement to Kids Who Don’t Speak the Language
March 16 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Most individuals who are tapped to lead movement activities have a proprioceptive sense of their bodies which comes naturally and needs no explanation. Not so with sedentary kids. For them, discomfort, awkwardness and crossed signals can make movement hard and even embarrassing. The Fit2Finish solution is to facilitate movement in a way that makes it a new sensation for all participants.
Fit2Finish has worked for 17 years with young athletes to increase their on-field success through movement training for better performance and injury prevention. In our work with children or beginning athletes, we have distinguished ourselves in developing creative ways to “get the movement message across.” Interactive band movement demonstration sessions encourage adult participation and motivate kids to “feel” what they’ve been missing. Children are more motivated, participate longer and encourage classmates and teammates who experience challenges “like they used to.”
In this session, we will:
- use teaching and coaching examples to spotlight places where there may be a break down between what we say and what the child “hears.”
- use class examples to learn how to better connect with the child using their movement language.
- demonstrate, using resistance bands for simple movement and games, how physical sensation and movement cues may teach more effectively than our words.
Session participants can take these skills and games directly into their teaching, leading and sport-ministry settings.