Athena Oden, PT, newest book is now available. Ready Bodies, Learning Minds: Cultivating the Complete Child includes the curriculum, motor lab activities and the addition of new pre-k material. In Ready Bodies, Learning Minds: Cultivating the Complete Child, you’ll learn to understand a child’s needs throughout their development, that children learn as they move, that physical movement drives their cognitive development, and that every child is created as a complete being. Each system of the body is completely explained and correlated to specific, color-coded motor lab activities for all students.
The book will provide the therapist, teacher and parent with all of the information they will need to understand the interrelationships between motor control, the sensory systems, learning and performance. Technical and medical jargon are explained concisely for the non-technical professional. Real examples and the appropriate activities are explained in detail. A special focus on each of the sensory systems goes beyond the basics, and clearly illustrates how each system, and the interaction of ALL systems, affect EVERY child’s ability to learn and perform.
The book provides information needed to design, execute and administer the Ready Bodies Motor Lab and curriculum. From the general guidelines for use, complete materials lists, station design, and approaches to progress reporting to the specific and detailed activity descriptions, this book will become your reference guide to success. Each activity is clearly illustrated, using graphics that the children can understand as easily as their therapist, teacher or parent. Each exercise is rated for it’s activity and difficulty level, allowing quick and easy adjustment for special needs.