[Editor's Note: This announcement was originally published on Jan. 19.]
Your Child’s Motor Development Story (Sensory World, 10/1/2012) tells parents and educators why movement is critical to a child’s emotional and physical wellbeing. The book explains how movement and sensorimotor exploration establish the foundation for essential learning and health.
“…this book is so user friendly that after reading it once, it becomes a resource book busy parents can easily refer to …the Dr. Spock book of the 21st century in motor development!” –Lorna d’Entrement, Special Needs Book Review.
Author Jill Mays will be speaking at 5:30 PM, Wed. 1/25 at The Fairfield University Bookstore/Barnes and Noble about what parents and educators can do to keep their kids off medications and on-target developmentally. The workshop is free to the public.
This workshop will cover the many concepts and strategies covered in her new book. Jill outlines play strategies from birth through the elementary years that help children stay organized, manage our multisensory world, become flexible thinkers and develop competence with fine and gross motor skills. She shares stories from her own practice that help illustrate the link between neuroscience, movement and healthy development.
Jill will answer frequently asked questions such as:
- How do I calm a fussy baby?
- Does it matter that my baby skipped crawling?
- At what age should my child join a team?
- What are the key skills needed to help my child succeed at sports?
- How hard should I (push/encourage) my son to turn off the computer and play outside?
- My daughter is very sensitive and gets upset easily. What can I do to calm her down?
- My son runs around all the time and crashes into everything. Should I be concerned or is he just being “a boy?”
- I feel so much pressure to sign my child up for many activities. How much is too much?
- My child can’t sit still in the classroom and is having trouble learning-is there anything I can do before medicating him?
After the Q&A there will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of Your Child’s Motor Development Story.
In addition to her private practice in Ridgefield, CT, Jill has developed a website that offers a toolbox full of suggested activities related to sensorimotor development and play for parents and educators: www.TheMotorStory.com.