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Build Your Body, Build Your Brain (TAAP)

… by participating in our newest PT/OT program utilizing treadmill training based on the TAAP protocol, combined with a motor skills group!  In the same way that exercise shapes the muscles, heart, lungs and bones, it also strengthens key areas of the brain involved in attention, memory, and learning.  We know aerobic exercise fuels the brain with oxygen.  Evidence from imaging sources, anatomical studies, and clinical data also shows that moderate exercise enhances cognitive processing, increases the number of brain cells, and as a bonus, can reduce childhood obesity.  Adding a skill or complex activity strengthens and expands the brain’s networks. The more complex the movements, the more complex the synaptic connections!

  • This program will employ treadmill training (aerobic exercise) using novel movement sequences to target improving postural strength and visual-motor skills for carryover to improving self-organization, attention, coordination, and gait.  TAAP protocols on the treadmill will be  followed by complex motor skill activities.  These activities are intended to address a variety of movement and bilateral coordination skills, all while having fun.
  • This PT/OT program will meet for one hour, twice per week, for 9 weeks.

Children Who Will Benefit:

Ambulatory children aged two and up who present with difficulties in attention, visual motor coordination, bilateral coordination, and/or gait fluidity can all benefit from this program.  Children should enjoy working in an environment with other children participating alongside of them and must be able to separate from caregiver. 

Objectives:

  • Improve gait pattern of early walking children OR improve efficiency and fluidity of gait pattern in older children
  • Improve visual motor coordination for improved participation in school and/or recreational class settings
  • Improve bilateral coordination skills
  • Improve general fitness, endurance and strength
  • Provide opportunities for social interaction, turn-taking and fun

How Do I Get Started?

Getting started is easy! Contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.282.2026 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

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