Incorporating Movement into Learning Experiences to Enhance Learning and Social-emotional Development of Children with Disabilities (Session 11E)
Main Topic: Flourishing, Well-being, and Social-Emotional Learning
Session Type: Skill Share
This session is appropriate for teachers, practitioners, and community members- individuals who are looking for strategies to promote learning and social-emotional development of children with disabilities. In these uncertain and stressful times, it’s important to continue to pay attention to the health and well-being of our children. A way to promote health and well-being is to implement movement into activities. Cross lateral movements, which are movements that cross the mid-line of the body, stimulate different parts of the brain and promote learning. The production of endorphins, also known as the “feel good” neurotransmitters, are increased when we engage in movement. When children are happy, they are more receptive to learning. Incorporating movement strategies into all types of environments (home, school, recreational) can assist with concentration, reduce repetitive behaviors, improve behavior, and reduce reactions to stress. Results can also include enhanced learning as well as improved social emotional development. In this interactive session, participants will learn cross lateral movements that can be used to help redirect and motivate all children and promote positive environments. Modifications and adaptations for various disabilities including but not limited to: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, deaf and hard of hearing, intellectual disabilities, will be incorporated.
- Understand the importance of cross lateral movements and how it can enhance learning and improve motivation of children
- Learn cross lateral movements that can be incorporated into various environments (home, school, recreational) to help with learning and motivation of children.
- Incorporate modified movements for children with various disabilities
Keywords: movement, learning, social-emotional development, disabilities
Dr. Kelle Murphy Center of Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - Associate SpecialistDr. Kelle MurphyCenter of Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - Associate Specialist
Center of Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. Murphy is an Associate Specialist in the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai\’i Mānoa and has expertise in physical education and adapted physical education. Dr. Murphy has over 15 years of experience teaching PE and APE in higher education and over 30 years of experience teaching swimming. For the last 3 years, she has concentrated her research interests on autism spectrum disorders and swimming and she offers her Swim Safe: ASD program to individuals with ASD and their families in the surrounding communities.