A Good Night’s Sleep

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It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’d been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleeping like a log

Man the Beatles had it right. When was the last time you can honestly say you got a full night’s sleep? Or even felt rested when you woke up? For some of us, we can pretty much say that it happened in the past, in a galaxy far far away.

Sleep deprivation can take it’s toll on us quicker than we can imagine. For adults, we yawn more (obviously) but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. Most of us have a short fuse, we’re irritable, have some serious problems with… um… shoot what was I going to say? Oh yeah, short term memory! We have problems staying focused, our reaction times are way off. Basically if you suffer from sleep deprivation, you’re a walking hazard.

Children who suffer from sleep deprivation often deal with the same issues but they’re not as inclined on curbing certain behaviors as adults do. When a child doesn’t get enough sleep, they’re just as irritable and even more prone to temper tantrums. Just like us grown folk, they have a lack of concentration; with teens they have an issue with impulse control and tend to indulge in risky behavior.

Coordination takes a hit here too. For a long time, I thought I was accident prone. I would trip over my own feet, drop things and not realize it, even walking into objects that are too large to be missed. In school, there was no difference. Going through the sea of students was my own Indiana Jones experience. In gym, I might have well been called George of the Jungle.

What’s the point? SLEEP! Sleep is important, especially for children and teens. This year, if your child hasn’t had the best track record so far, take a lot at their sleeping habits. Do you have a schedule for them? If not, create one and implement it. As we’ve mentioned in prior posts, make sure your kids have input into the creation process so they feel a sense of ownership and responsibility.

As a supplement, NeuroFit has created the Coordination program. With a good night’s rest, and the physical therapy offered in this program, kids and teens can have a better chance at making improvements in their hand-eye coordination, running techniques, and more. Check out our site at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html or give us a call at 201-857-4768.

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!

– Jay

VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com

Executive Functioning and Coordination

For some kids, going to school is a miniature version of going to a club. You have your bouncers (from principals to teacher’s aids) and you have your bar tenders (cafeteria staff). The entire day, in between learning, they catch up with their friends, hang out at recess, etc. For others, going to school is jail. Not the fancy ones with the gym and cable TV. I mean the ones that feel like those four walls are iron bars. The teachers and higher ups are wardens, and going to the yard means some sort of certain humiliation. There will always be someone that seems to be more popular than they are, and then there will be the ones that “OWN THIS JOINT!”. It’s a hard truth to hear, but with all of the anti-bullying campaigns around, there is no escaping this harsh reality. For those who feel trapped, for any reason, NeuroFit in Glen Rock, NJ has created two programs to meet the needs of these kids.

adhd-flyer

Executive Functioning/Social Skills

Children who display issues or symptoms related to ADHD, Aspergers, impulse control or social skills often have trouble staying focused on tasks they don’t find interesting, don’t know how to filter their thoughts before speaking, or have difficulty making friends or keeping the ones they have. The Conquer Program, created by a licensed clinical social worker, has been formulated to help children focus, make friends, learn how to deal with rejection and much more.  Children will also have an opportunity to burn off energy and apply social skills learned with the LCSW by spending time in the VOLT FITNESS Circuit. Their time in the circuit is spent playing with therapeutic interactive games and interactive video games, overseen by a physical therapist. If you would like to learn more about the program, or even enroll your child or teen, call us at 201-857-4768 or visit our page at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html.

COORDINATION PROGRAM

Coordination

Take a moment to think back to the first time you peddled your bicycle without help. There was excitement, a sense of adventure and even accomplishment. It was a red letter day, V for Victory! Whether you got it on the first try, or even the 85th try, you were able to get those feet pumping and put those wheels into motion. However, there are children who, no matter how hard they try, often give up feeling like they will never learn how. Their parents have tried everything from tricycles to training wheels and they’re out of ideas. Thats where the NeuroFit Coordination program comes in. Our physical therapist has formulated an ongoing program that will help kids make an improvement on their coordination, balance, and more. Most importantly kids will learn how to build confidence with each success they have. If your child needs a little help with their running techniques, hand eye coordination, throwing and catching or even just to do better in gym class, call us at 201-857-4768 or take a look at our page at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html.

Both programs have been designed to help kids and teens navigate the choppy waters that they face in school, gym or on the field The programs are covered by participating health benefit plans and are held at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock, near the Ridgewood Border.

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!

– Jay

VOLT FITNESS
201-857-3800
566 S Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com

Picked Last in Gym

Man, did I ever dread going to gym; especially as I got older. Aside from coming in last for every race, or having to fail at shooting a basket in front of my peers, or trying to change into my gym clothes in front of the more fit girls in class, I had to endure the humiliation and knowledge that no one wanted me on their team. Ever.

Knocked out in Dodgeball

Now, I’m not looking for a pat on the back and a sympathetic “there, there”. I am, however, trying to reach out to the many readers who have had similar situations; in particular those who have children that go through the same thing.

With school back in session, there are many children out there who will be singled out, and picked last for every physical activity they have. However, our staff has created a program to help the younger denizens of America, particularly those who reside near Glen Rock, NJ. This program is geared towards kids and teens who have issues that stem from a lack of coordination. When it comes to throwing a ball, swinging a bat, doing a push up, and more, good coordination can of course make an improvement in your performance but that performance will have a side effect: increased confidence!

Until the program starts, I’ve listed a few tips to help your child this year.

Practice Makes Perfect

Yeah, it’s an old saying but its pretty much true. Hand/eye coordination is key for pretty much every physical activity imaginable. So grab a whiffle bat and ball, or maybe pick up two rackets, and a tennis ball, and go practice! Keeping your eye on an object hurtling towards you, where your only defense is said bat/racket is a great way to practice aiming, timing, and execution of movements. Keep an ice pack handy in case you have some misses along with your hits.

All Play and No Work

There is nothing quite like a game of Simon Says to get those body parts moving with synchronicity and timing. With the audible command carrying instructions for physical movement, a couple games of Simon Says can help your child correlate an instruction given and the action that should, or shouldn’t, be taken. While you and your offspring are creating some awesome memories, you’ll help them prepare for their next gym class, or game.

So if you live in the Glen Rock/Ridgewood area, and your child could benefit from improving their coordination, give us a call at 201-857-4768 to find out how to enroll them in our program.

Coordination Program

Want more details? Go to www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html and see how we can help.

– Jay

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 S Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com

Going Back To School! Homework & ADHD

Child doing homework

School is back in session! September is upon us, kids are going back to school. Time to wake the kiddies up bright and early, gather up those fancy school supplies, prepare a healthy wholesome breakfast, and off to school they go! It’s all about getting back into a routine.

Speaking of routine, the beginning of each school year can be difficult for some children. Here are some helpful tips to making this easier not only for your child, but for you, as a parent as well.

  • Meet your child’s teacher. Communication is key. Find out what to expect for the rest of the school year, be informed when a project is due, etc. This will show the teacher that you have interest and care about how your child does in school.
  • Set up a “Homework Time”. Some children work best right after school, as they call this “still in school mode”. Other’s need a break after school and there is nothing wrong with that. If your child is involved in sports and each day is different, have a calendar with a schedule setting up times when homework should start and be completed by.
  • Say your child has a big project due, set up breaks in between work. Children with symptoms of ADHD tend to lack concentration. So the point is to not make them feel overwhelmed. A 5 minute break every 20-30 minutes is recommended.
  • Set rules! Having the TV on during homework is a big NO. Sometimes you have to be the strict parent and set ground rules by making it clear that video games/watching his or her favorite TV show will not happen until homework is completed!
  • Have a study spot where your child feels comfortable and at ease to complete assignments. It is actually said that having light music playing in the background is helpful.

And most importantly, always praise your child for his/her good work! In the end, whether it’s children, teenagers or adults, we all want to do well in school. Reward your child with his or her favorite treat after an A+ project! This will remind your child that good work pays off.

If you live in Bergen County, NJ and have a child or teen struggling with symptoms related to ADHD, Asperger’s, impulse control, and social skills, then check out the Conquer Program. Created by NeuroFit, this executive functioning and social skills program has been designed by an LCSW to help children learn strategies to deal with every day real life situations. This program, covered by participating health benefit plans, is taking enrollment now and will begin this month. For more information go to our site at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or give us a call at 201-857-4768.

Have a fun, healthy, and A+ school year!!!

-Ingrid

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com