The lovely new buzz words are “brain development”, “plasticity of the brain”, “train your brain” and many more. We, at CoordiKids, love these words because it addresses an issue that we have believed in for many decades. We believe that the brain is a growing and changing organ, and the growth, changes and improved abilities of the brain has a lot to do with the environment where we are living in. It has to do with our bodies and how we use our bodies (level of activity), what we put in our bodies (nutrition) and with our emotional state of mind (optimistic or pessimistic).
In children we see major changes happening in occupational therapy – the therapy focuses on specific movements, exercises and activities and the outcome is not only improved coordination, balance and handwriting but also emotional maturity, improved self-confidence, improved concentration and many more.
New research indicates how important physical activity is for the development of the whole child. However, if a child has major or minor problems with aspects of physical activity, they avoid these activities and the skills cannot develop as expected. Through a well-designed program such as CoordiKids, the child develops the skills needed according to the natural developmental stages. This ensures that the child experiences success, builds positive self-confidence and the child is not exposed to activities that is too advanced – leaving the child with feelings of failure.
CoordiKids programs are video recorded activities and exercises to make it easy for children to follow and for the adult to check that the child does it correctly. Visual images and video recordings are powerful tools for learning.
CoordiKids is involved in research of our unique programs. The first pilot study will commence early in 2014. We are excited to proof that these programs were not only proven over many decades in therapy but that it is relevant to use at home and in the classroom.
The following recent research articles were published on the importance of physical activity:
Improved reading and mathematical skills when kids participate in physical activity during the school day
(Haapala, Eero A., et al. 2014. PLOS ONE ”Associations of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior with Academic Skills – A Follow-Up Study among Primary School Children."
If a young child has difficulty with rhythmic timing, this may hinder the development of their phonological awareness and reading ability.
The journal of Neuroscience, 2013
Evidence I showing that there is a direct correlation between rhythm and brain function.
Examiner.com of mice and brains: how rhythm affects brain function, Sept 2014
The brain is able to learn new skills just by watching an activity take place.
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2014 “Can you boost Your Brain Power Through Video?” (Conference reference)
Action (or movement) and goal-directed behaviour are inherent in the concepts and definitions of cognition and Executive Functioning
From Movement to Thought: Executive Function, Embodied Cognition and the Cerebellum. Koziol, Budding, Chidekel (Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011)
Limited recent studies are available about the effectiveness of learning sensory motor skills by following video recordings.
Many studies are available to proof the difficulties that a child with coordination issues or other physical activity problems experiences in everyday life, including participation in sport, concentration, self-esteem.