Coordination Does Not Come Easy

Child with Basketball

Our very own Tom Donofrio has written an article explaining the important of coordination in a child’s development. You can read all about it here at Ridgewood Moms.

Child with Basketball

Coordination Does Not Come Easy for Every Kid by Tom Donofrio | Ridgewood Moms

– Jay

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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.

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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

Back to School with ADHD

School boy standing in hall at school

I used to love going back to school. The first day was always my favorite day (of course my second favorite was the last day). Going shopping for the first day was so much fun; picking up new binders, getting those 3 packs of 1000 sheet lined paper, new pencils and pens… the list goes on and on. Couldn’t wait to go and show off my new backpack, find out who was in my class(es), etc. etc. For many children, the first day of school was not and is not met with as much enthusiasm. Below, we have a few tips for parents of children with ADHD and Asperger’s to use when going back to school this fall.

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Tips for Going Back to School with ADHD and Asperger’s

Set Goals and Rewards

Making goals for children with ADHD or Asperger’s helps set the tone and gives them clear expectations for the school year ahead; both at home and in class. This helps keep children focused on their daily tasks. Set goals such as handing in assignments on time, getting to bed and getting ready for school on time; even use good behavior, such as not getting into fights. Remember to include your child in this process, and even make it something the whole family can be involved with. Map out what goals you all feel are not only important but attainable. Rewards for these goals could be special family activities and outings or special time with their friends.

Stick to a Schedule

Creating a schedule helps children maintain their focus. By letting them know what is coming up ahead, you can avoid impulsive behavior. A daily schedule should include meal times, and homework times. Be sure to add free time, exercise, and bedtime, Don’t forget to include allotted time for prep and time to wind down. When doing a schedule, keep in mind to include time for those reward activities. As before, make sure to include your child in the schedule process. This way, they can feel a sense of ownership. Make sure to keep the schedule in a highly visible area so your child can be reminded of what is expected of them for that day. Don’t forget, when they know what is ahead, you can cut down on impulsive behavior.

Communicate with Your Child’s School

The best person to speak on your child’s behalf, is you. Make sure you meet with your child’s teacher and the school administration, study teams, guidance counselor. Let them know about your child’s strengths and weaknesses and be completely honest. Work with them by sharing your practices at home and ask for suggestions. If possible, go over your child’s IEP/504 or set up a separate meeting.

So remember, when creating your goals, rewards and schedule, include your child and the rest of the family. Be open and honest with their school to help with the transition from summer vacation to school year.

– Jay

If you have a child with symptoms and issues related to ADHD, Asperger’s or Impulse Control, NeuroFit has created the Conquer Program to help children make friends, improve communication skills and more. The program is held at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock and will start in September. Enroll now, space is limited. Visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html for more information or give us a call at (201) 857-4768. 

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 S. Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-857-3800
The Conquer Program

A few tips for parents of children with ADHD

Executive function, as defined by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, is:

a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.

In an article from helpguide.org, the author explains how symptoms of attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder can affect a child’s executive functioning abilities.

Although the symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be nothing short of exasperating, it’s important to remember that the child with ADD/ADHD who is ignoring, annoying, or embarrassing you is not acting willfully. Kids with ADD/ADHD want to sit quietly; they want to make their rooms tidy and organized; they want to do everything their parent says to do—but they don’t know how to make these things happen.

Now here are some tips gathered from various sites (all references will be at the end):

  • Believe in your child. Think about or make a written list of everything that is positive, valuable, and unique about your child. Trust that your child can learn, change, mature, and succeed. Make thinking about this trust a daily task as you brush your teeth or make your coffee.
  • Create consistency. Both Matlen and ADHD expert Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, underscored the importance of structure and consistency. Adults benefit greatly from this, too, since managing time and being organized are challenges, Matlen said. “Keeping each day as structured as possible will lessen the stress for all.”
  • Praise your child. According to Sarkis, “In an ideal world, the ratio of positive statements to negative statements should be 6 to 1.” In other words, if you criticize your child once, you should praise them at least six times.

NeuroFit has created a program that will help families understand the diagnosis and how to better help those with ADHD function in day to day activities. To learn more about our social skills and executive functioning class visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or call us at (201) 857-4768.

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Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!

Sources: www.helpguide.com, www.psychcentral.com

Language Disorders and ADHD

Children talking

One symptom in children and teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can set off a chain reaction into every area of their lives. Speech language pathologist, Philippa Greathead, has found the following among adolescents with ADHD.

The types of language problems experienced by children with ADHD are varied and can cover all the modalities of language. Typically problems are seen in:

Syntax:
Disorders of syntax (oral and written grammar) are difficulties using and/or comprehending the structural components of sentences.

Semantics:
Semantic difficulties in language involve problems with word meanings and organization. School problems include difficulties comprehending written and spoken language, poor vocabulary, word-finding difficulties and difficulties using context to help with the comprehension of reading.

Pragmatics:
Pragmatics is the term used for the social use of language – i.e. the ability to use language as a means to interact with others socially or for a specific purpose (e.g. requesting information, expressing feelings, holding a conversation with people of different age levels).

Metalinguistics:
This is the ability to reflect on language objectively – to know and understand that language is a rule-bound code – e.g. humour, multimeaning in words, ambiguity, figurative language (metaphors etc), ability to segment words into syllables or phonemes (sounds).

Communication is the most important factor in any relationship. As previously posted in our blog, individuals experiencing symptoms and traits of ADHD have difficulty building and maintaining relationships. The Conquer Program was created, by NeuroFit professionals, with this trait in mind. The social skills and executive functioning portion was designed to create new friendships among the participants through the skills they learn in their group sessions. During the physical therapy portion of the program, children will be able to put their skills to practice as they interact with the other children. Each session conveniently takes place at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock on the Ridgewood border. If you would like to know more information, or if you would like to enroll your child or teen, please visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or give us a call at (201) 857-4768. Enroll now because space is limited. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!