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Physical Therapy -> Gross Motor Skills -> Ambulation
Walking is usually seen by 18 months of age, but that's not where ambulation stops! PT also looks at walking up and down stairs, walking backwards, walking up and down ramps, walking over pliable surfaces (like grass, mulch, or trampolines), walking with adult patterns of gait, and running. If there's any difficulty in reaching these other walking milestones, that is when PT steps in to help correct and advance.
Evidence Based Physical Activity For School-Age Youth 2Author: William Strong - Evidence based practice guidelines that review the effects of physical activity on youth. This study shows the positive effects of physical activity.
Health Benefits of Physical Exercise For Children and Adolescents 2Author: Trevor Archer - Research article describing the benefits of physical exercise. Helpful information on staying healthy through the lifespan
Exercise—Promoting Healthy Lifestyles In Children and Adolescents 2Author: Stewart Trost - This article shows the positive effects of physical activity on children through the lifespan. This article dives into the differing system benefits of exercise.
Systematic Review of the Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Fitness In School-Aged Children and Youth 2Author: Ian Janssen - A review dealing with multiple resource to showcase the benefits of physical activity in children. This evidence can be used to understand the positive effects of exercise on a child's physical and cognitive health.
Evidence-Based Intervention In Physical Activity: Lessons From Around the World 2Author: Gregory W Heath - EBP relating to physical activity intervention. Helpful for adults and adolescents.
Physical Activity At Child Care Settings: Review and Research Recommendations 2Author: Dianne Ward - Some of the most important milestones in the timeline of physical health are taken within a child's first few years of ambulation. The article studies the effects that physical activity has on children aged 2-5.
Visual Schedule Cards
- Jess will ambulate 100 feet on an uneven surface without stumbling to improve dynamic balance by 2 weeks. 1
- Luke will ambulate 3 steps with no external aid to increase his stamina and walking independence in 3 weeks. 1
- William will walk 30 feet in the school environment (i.e., homeroom room to the school cafeteria/bathroom) with hand-held assistance 4/5 days per week in 2 months per teacher's report. 0
- Tom will walk up and kick a medium size ball without losing balance in 3 /4 trials, with modeling and 25% min support in 4 sessions, to participate in a play with his peers. 0
- Brady will get on and off of a raised surface with 25% min tactile support, in 3/4 opportunities to improve standing balancing skills, in 5 sessions. 0
- Miles will negotiate up 1 flight of stairs, holding the handrail with one hand, with min to no assistance at least 3 /5 days in a week, to improve safety and independence in 2 months. 0
Going On a Hike
Outdoor. Senses. Going on a hike. Take a virtual hike and enjoy the sights along the way.Includes activity list
Superhero Animal HIIT Exercise
Enjoy this HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercise any time of the day. This is a kid friendly activity, but any adult can join! The activity incorporates animal moves to make it fun. Perf...
Spooktacular Movement Story
Get moving to a Halloween inspired spooktacular movement story. Each movement is highlighted throughout story and spells out HALLOWEEN.
Holiday Breakfast Yoga and Breathing Activities
Whitney Castle, PT, DPT
Yoga Resource. Movement Resource. Physical Therapy Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Mindfulness Resource. Move and breathe along with a holiday breakfast menu with yoga poses and breathing ...Includes activity list
Farm Animal Moves
Have fun exercising while moving and acting like farm animals! This can be done for so many seconds or minutes or even to music for a game of freeze.
Super Hero Animal Interval
Have fun with these animal moves as a great exercise and gross motor activity. This activity can help with sensory/emotional regulation, calming techniques, balance, coordination, and strengthening...