#601 ITP Brain & Body

601 Instructor Training Program Brain & Body – for anyone who works with children through sports or academics.

Hours:  6  hours - This is a one day course on Sunday only.  Held on-site at the convention.

Description:  Course is 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

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. 

Presenters:  Course Director-  Beth Gardner

Course Contributors and presenters:

Co-contributors:  Dawn Matthews Nelson, M.S. Robin Pearson; and Peter Pidcoe, PT, DPT, Ph.D. Darlene Schmidt, BS, M.A.T., Ph.D.

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