Target Physio now offer Exercise Physiology for Children
During childhood and adolescence, your child’s body goes through many physical changes. Despite the importance that exercise plays in a child’s development of bone strength, muscle mass and motor skills, many children are not meeting current Physical Activity Guidelines. Children aged 6-17 years should do 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day and activities that strengthen bones and build muscle three days a week. However, in Australia, over 24% of children and adolescents aged between 5-14 are overweight or obese (AIHW, 2019).
Physical activity plays a vital role in keeping your child active and preventing health conditions associated with childhood obesity. Exercise Physiologists are qualified to assist both adults and children with exercise for weight loss, weight management and elements of physical development (i.e. fine and gross motor skills).
Supervised exercise has been proven to have a beneficial effect for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well. ASD affects basic aspects of social behavior (e.g. eye contact, vocalization) and attention (to certain kinds of stimuli). ASD can also influence motivation, which in turn affects learning and opportunities for learning. These characteristics can also affect physical and motor development, with up to 83% of children with ASD having difficulty performing age-appropriate motor skills (Ruggeri et al, 2020). Evidence also demonstrates that physical activity also has positive impacts on sleep and mood regulation among children with ASD (Brand et al, 2015).
Exercise Physiology for Children focuses on using movement, games and interaction to assist children.
Exercise Physiology for Children focuses on using movement, games and interaction to assist children to engage with exercise in a supervised environment, where both gross and fine motor skills can be developed. Once our Exercise Physiologist, Kelly, has an understanding of your child’s characteristics, preferences and current abilities, she will work with your child to meet their goals and developmental guidelines. One-on-one sessions allow for an individual focus, with progress being monitored using validated outcome measures.
While motor development deficiencies are commonly associated with ASD, one-on-one Exercise Physiology sessions can also assist any child with the following:
- Coordination and motor difficulties
- Increased muscle tone (Hypertonicity)
- Learning or Physical Disabilities
If you would like any more information about Exercise Physiology for Children, please contact the clinic or email Kelly at [email protected] You can also instantly book online with Kelly below!
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