ITP Brain & Body

The ITP:Brain & Body is a six-hour lecture series comprised of 3 component lectures. The three topics included are:
  • Understanding the Preschool Child (early childhood development)
  • Motor Learning, Motor Development and The Theory of Muscle Memory
  • Special People: Special Needs
I am very honored to acknowledge my co-contributors to the new course.
Dawn Matthews Nelson, M.S.
Robin Pearson
Peter Pidcoe, PT, DPT, Ph.D.
Darlene Schmidt, BS, M.A.T., Ph.D.
Each contributor brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to the program.  They have contributed material, advisory assistance and review to ensure the information included in the course is cutting edge and as complete as possible for the time available.  I thank each of them for their time, effort and passion for education.  I have been truly blessed with the opportunity to work with and learn from individuals with such great minds. I am positive that many current and future coaches and teachers will benefit from their generosity in sharing their knowledge.
Instructor Training Program: Brain & Body is not only applicable to gymnastics, it covers the broader range of human development. Cognitive development directly affects motor development and sport participation. Likewise, motor development and sport participation affect cognitive development. It is critical to the individual capacity for academic learning.
Brain & Body covers three critical topics to help coaches and teachers understand how the brain and body function together.  This course helps to explain why movement is so critical to human development and, conversely, how inattention to motor learning and development directly impacts the individual's capacity for scholastic learning.  It also covers the importance of movement in rehabilitation and augmenting therapy for special needs.
The descriptions of each topic follow:

"Chapter Two: Understanding the Preschool Child"

This lecture covers the first critical years of development. The focus is birth to 5 years of age. Points discussed within this lecture include:
  • the developmental stages of self-perception,
  • levels of thought,
  • learning styles, and
  • how all of these developmental elements impact behavior.
This lecture also covers adaptation of lesson plans and activities appropriate to each stage of development.

Motor Learning, Motor Development and The Theory of Muscle Memory

Expanding on early childhood development, this lecture covers:
  • the importance of movement in cognitive development and scholastic achievement,
  • sensory integration,
  • motor programming,
  • avoiding training interference,
  • establishing neural pathways for motor learning and rehabilitation
  • motor development over a life-span,
  • critical components of movement such as progressional training, and
  • understanding the theory of "muscle memory"

Special People: Special Needs

This lecture focuses on understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders but also includes:
  • brain structure, function and behavioral effects associated with brain injury
  • activities to incorporate into movement classes for special needs
  • tips on class management for successful special needs classes
  • Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia,
  • safety and management for seizure-prone children
This lecture series covers topics vital to any person who works with children through sports or academics. There will be some "hands-on" activities, but participants should be prepared for in-depth lecture and discussion.
Spaces will be limited, so early registration is advised.
I look forward to seeing ya'll there!!!
Beth Gardner
Instructor Training Program Director

Gymnastic Association of Texas - Over 50 years of experience


Texas, Texas
(t) 64372948

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