Better Motor Skills Lead to Improved Social Skills
What do gross motor and movement skills have to do with social skills? Studies show that children with Autism who have better motor skills show greater ability in socializing. Synergies article. A study at Indiana University also found a strong correlation between hand-eye coordination and social communication skills. Psychology Today article. These types of studies highlight the need for interventions that address motor movement deficits as a way of improving social skills in children with Autism. Autism Speaks article.
Me Movement: Balance, Core, & Calming is a video of short, easy-to-follow movement activities developed by Occupational Therapist Dr. Fabiane Curro. The video is designed to improve balance, increase core strength, and promote self-calming. The DVD contains six 8-11 minute movement segments each modeled by a child and guided by an adult. The activities are designed to target skills that help with coordination, body awareness, self-regulation, and promote an overall feeling of physical well-being.
Dr. Fabiane Curro received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a specialty certification in Sensory Integration from Temple University. She is currently the Owner and Occupational Therapist at Just For Me OT, LLC where she works with a diverse population of children providing individualized treatment plans to address a wide range of physical and social challenges. Dr. Curro is certified in Therapeutic Listening and SIPT administration, and has experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to providing school-based services, Dr. Curro also presents workshops to family members, teachers, and the community.
Each DVD comes with a free balance disc and sensory brush. These are items used in the video. An exercise or fitness ball will be needed but is not included.
Balance Disc: Blue balance disc, 14" diameter. One side smooth, other side sensory. More details
Sensory Brush: White plastic soft bristle brush. More details
Run Time: Approx. 60 min.
DVD plus free balance disc and sensory brush.
Exercise ball not included.
Recommended for upper elementary, middle school, and high
Coming September 2014!
Model Me Movement Sample Scenes:
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Discontinue exercise immediately if you experience pain dizziness or discomfort. By performing any fitness exercises in this DVD, you are performing them at your own risk. Model Me Kids, LLC makes no representations or warranties concerning any usage of the information offered here and will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other losses or damages that may result. Reliance on any information appearing on this DVD is strictly at your own risk. This DVD is intended for use as a partner program. Children should be carefully supervised and closely supported by an adult at all times while performing the activities in this video.