Saturday, May 15, 2010
Learning Coordination - Kinesthetic Training I
Alex is 5 yrs. old in this photo. He had gross motor coordination problems. He had a hard time making this basket for awhile.
He was 6 yrs. old when we signed him up for Soccer. He would participate for 2 yrs. and then we switched to other things as he wasn't enjoying it much. We were also looking for more of a total body coordination sport.
No, this was not the sport we had switched to. He did love it though. We found the Wii and other video platforms to have valuable programs that helped coordinate his eyes and hands.
We started him in a tumbling class. He really enjoyed it, but, the instructor moved on after a few months. So...
He really enjoys Karate. It has really improved his overall body coordination.
We started him on private summer swimming lessons. He really enjoyed them. Although he still has problems swimming, it got him to not fear putting his head underwater.
We had gotten him a trampoline. He has always enjoyed jumping. We are always there to supervise him. He learned a few basic jumps in tumbling. He doesn't try any flips. Just up and down...up and down.
He started riding a bicycle at 8 yrs. He could have learned sooner but we were afraid he would be too impulsive on the streets. We are still with him when he rides.
Kinesthetic Training I
I am also starting him on the basic power lifts for overall body strength and application of body mechanics.
He is to be home schooled from now on. I will be able to work with him on a regular basis. His grip strength was one of his major weaknesses. It won't be in the future. The training of the nervous system is just as important as that of the muscles. He shall get both through Powerlifting.
We shall keep him up on his Karate also. I shall also include jogging for endurance. An activity that the child loves doing is one that he shall keep doing. With passion, he shall be able to overcome any obstacle.