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ERIC Number: EJ788719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Adapting Physical Activities to Promote Overall Health and Development: Suggestions for Interventionists and Families
Menear, Kristi Sayers; Davis, Laura
Young Exceptional Children, v10 n2 p11-16 2007
Early movement successes for young children are related to performing activities of daily living without assistance or with minimum assistance, recreational opportunities, and overall health wellness, growth, and development. As children are provided with frequent opportunities to participate in everyday fun and engaging physical activities, they gain foundational skills that lead to success in task-specific skills. The combined benefits from physical activity can improve a child's self-concept, self-esteem, and socialization skills, which are aspects of the affective developmental domain. The child may develop peer relationships, learn to control aggressive behaviors, practice conflict resolution, and engage in leadership activities through play and recreation. These social skills can be transferred to classroom activities such as learning to work in a group, learning to take turns, and other cooperative behaviors. Many therapeutic and early learning goals can be reached through interventions that are implemented during movement times. In this article, the authors provide a list of activity suggestions that can be used by early educators and families to promote early learning goals for young children. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A