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Treating Kids with Autism: Occupational Therapy’s Benefits

  The term ‘sensory sensitivities’ refers to how children with Autism respond to stimulation of the senses. Children with disabilities “exhibit significantly more sensory processing issues than children without disabilities” (Critz, Blake, & Nogueira, 2015, p.711). Kids with Autism may be overly sensitive or have diminished sensitivity with some senses and not others. The ways […]

Preschool Kids Are Born to Move!

Preschool kids, ages 3 to 5 years, burst developmentally. Their vocabulary and language skills increase by leaps and bounds. Their social emotional awareness and sensitivity often surprises adults.  As their large muscles strengthen their small muscle use becomes more refined.  They begin to draw shapes and letters. They learn songs, and remember the lines of […]

Fitness

Kids Respond Better to Fun Fitness

When it comes to developing good fitness habits, research has proven that the younger you start, the more likely you are to maintain healthy physical activity levels. That is why it is important to get young people on board with fitness as early as possible. Experts Say: According to the  Center for Disease Control and […]

adolescents

Activities for Adolescents with Sensory Integration Issues

Adolescence is a time of rapid and erratic growth. Growth spurts or delays in adolescents are associated with the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains. Developmental pace varies from one teen to another. Despite the awkwardness, insecurities, and vast potential that are part of this life phase, the outer, adult world has expectations. What Are Teens […]

Learning

Can Cognitive Training Combined with Physical Activity Improve Literacy?

Schools across the nation work tirelessly to ensure that students reach or exceed the national average for literacy. However, it’s no secret that some children struggle more with learning than others. It begs the question: Is there a better way to teach young people to read and comprehend? As cognitive learning gains more and more […]

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3 Ways that Kids Benefit from Cognitive Training

Cognitive training is an exciting, innovative concept that indicates that functions of the mind can be improved by consistent brain exercises. Consider it to be a similar concept as that of the body exercising to become more physically fit. By keeping the brain sharp, a person can develop better thinking and problem-solving techniques. While there […]

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Why is Keeping Children Physically Fit Good for Their Brains?

Henriette van Pragg and her colleagues at the Salk Institute, compared inactive mice with mice that ran an average of three miles a day.   According to their study, the active mice showed significant brain growth.  Additionally, the brain cells in the active mice showed an increased efficiency of communication between neurons. Why it works Exercise […]

SMARTfit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

SMARTfit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America- Seattle’s Story

SMARTfit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America- Seattle’s Story The SMARTfit team was deeply touched and inspired to receive this story from Ron Green, the Chief Executive Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region in North Carolina. Ron recently shared a story with us about how SMARTfit had impacted the […]

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SMARTfit Cognitive Training & Exercise Games – A Fitness Solution for the Other 77%

SMARTfit Cognitive Training & Exercise Games – A Fitness Solution for the Other 77% The figures are staggering. But not surprising.  Only 23% of Americans utilized a health club in 2014, meaning 77% of the population has little access to the proper tools for exercise. Just 29% of high school students exercise 60 minutes per […]