Every one of us need basic necessities to live, but children also need additional things to grow, develop and thrive. Besides clean water, nourishing meals, clothing and a place to live, kids need human touch and love and a safe environment.
Children also need movement to help their bodies and minds grow. Many therapy programs for children involve moving their bodies. There are even studies that show if a baby goes from moving to walking but does not crawl, that the child is missing out on certain developmental steps.
The author of The Out of Sync Child and The Out of Sync Child Had Fun, Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman, of Kids Moving Company, wrote this book Growing an In-Sync Child to give parents and teachers simple activities and games to do with their kids to give them a head start or further develop their children.
Early motor development is essential to a child’s physical, emotional and academic success and this book gives us parents easy, quick, and fun things to do with our kids that will help them strive in all aspects of their development and growth.
Unlike Carol’s previous Out of Sync books which addressed child with Sensory Processing Disorder, this book is for every child from a child that is already developing well to a child with a developmental delay.
I have three children, boys to be exact and my kids are all physically developed and very active in outdoor fun and sports. I was curious to read this book and see if the book could be applied to my family. I found that my kids are doing many of the things in the book, but it helped me to better understand how using movement and activities can actually help my kids grow. I am especially interested in the information for my son who has some spatial planning and other minor areas he is a bit behind.
The book is broken down into a few sections. First, the authors explain how movement and getting your body in-sync helps children develop and grow. Then they give several examples of several children to show you how using the activities in the book can improve how a child responds and lives in his world. THen the book gives you tons of activties you can do with your kids and a way to put then into a plan.
I enjoyed reading the examples of the children and what differences the program made for them. I would have enjoyed more case studies, personally. Here is a little about the examples of the kids they talk about. One of the children is timid and does not interact much with other children or her surrounds, like the playground much. Another child is some what of a bully. And the third child is immature for his age and ability.
Each child is given specific games and activities to do, and after a month to several months each child becomes more comfortable in the world, with themselves and understanding how they fit in. The experts also had each child draw out shapes on a page before the program and after, each one prior to the movement and activities had some spatial planning difficulty but after the weeks or months of the in-sync program, the kids all had improvements with their spatial planning when drawing out the shapes.
If you have a child who does not seem fully comfortable with moving or using their bodies, this book is a must have. If you have a child that appears to be developing well socially, physically, emotionally and academically this book can also be a good resource for you and your family.
What I enjoyed most about this book is that it shows us how important moving our bodies truly is to our success. I would encourage every parent to get their kids moving and themselves moving every day. And don’t just walk or swing, but differ the activities and challenges. Our bodies are much like our brains, we need different physical challenges in order to keep out bodies healthy and while we challenge out body we are actually growing our brain.
the book is simple to read and the activities and games are easy for any age child or adult to participate-even simple things like blowing bubbles, and hopping or rolling can help develop your child.
You can read more about the book by going here-Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow
This book addresses and shows you how movements and the listed activities can improve function of:
- Tactile Processing
- Vestibular Processing (coordination and balance)
- Proprioception (sensations and muscle/joint movements)
- Bilateral Coordination
- Spatial Planning
- Midline Crossing
- Motor Planning
- Visual Tracking
Written by Kristin Pierce Fitch