Set task goals. Select a program

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Once you identified the tasks you want to work on, the next step is to set training goals for theses tasks.

A goal is simply a statement about what your want to achieve, with measurable outcomes that allow you to identify success. 

Examples of  task goals

  • Do 5 sit-ups with hands reaching forwards, without swinging the arms for momentum. 
  • Walk down the stairs at school, supporting self on the hand rail, at the same speed as the other children in the class.  
  • Catch a tennis ball 6 out of 10 times, in front of and the the side of the body. 
  • Get dressed for school when clothes are laid out, in 15 minutes. 

Intermediate goals: graded steps to achieving a goal

Some tasks can be adapted to create a series of intermediate goals of increasing difficulty, which allows the child to achieve success right from the start of practicing a task. 

For instance, if the goal is to be able to do a sit-up from lying flat, intermediate goals will be sitting up from a reclined position, pushing up on one arm, then sitting up from a reclined position with arms stretch forwards, then finally sitting up from lying flat on the floor. 

If one of your goals is for your child to sit up straight at the dinner table for the duration of the meal, you can start by working towards sitting erect for the first 5 minutes of the meal, and then progressing to sitting for longer periods. At the same time you would be working on exercises to improve flexibility and trunk stability for sitting.

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SfA Fitness and Coordination Training Programs 

Mindfulness training for attention and emotion regulation

Overview 

Painful joints and muscles 

Understanding pain in joint hypermobility and EDS
Does my child have tight muscles?
Strength training for painful legs
Gentle stretches for night pain in legs

Training ball skills 

Why ball skills training is important 

Training sitting 

What is needed for sitting erect with ease and comfort? 
Program of exercises for training sitting for working at a table 

Balance and agility 

Hip and knee fitness program 
Flat feet. Not just a foot problem
Standing on one leg challenge
Why children trip and fall 
Walking without bumping and tripping

Walking and running fitness (including in-toeing and toe walking)

Program toe walking
In-toeing gait program
Walking without bumping and tripping
Walking fitness program
Everyday opportunities for training fitness 
Runnin program

Exercises for strength and flexibility

Stretching exercises 
Trunk and neck strength
Leg strength and agility
Arm strength 

 

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