tai chi for children course outline

7:30 – 8:00 – Sign in & Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 – 9:00  Introduction

·      What is Tai Chi?

·      Tai Chi demonstration

·      Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs

·      Tai Chi for Children Improves

o   Relationships and reactions to challenging situations

o   Sensory modulation

§  Proprioception, body awareness

o   Sustained concentration

o   Filtering and focusing

o   Motor Planning

o   Control over sympathetic and parasympathetic systems

§  How is your Engine Running parallel

·      Relevance in today’s practice

·      Evidenced Based Practice

·      In 2010 there were 500 research articles on TC

·      Today, only 5 years later, there are over 1468 articles; many of which are RCT (Random Control Trials) demonstrating strong evidence of the benefits of Tai Chi for improved health

·      Review of workbook – CDC, American Arthritis Association, Hospitals, Medicare

 

9:00 – 9:15 Pre- Test

 

9:15 – 10:15 Movement Lab I: Warm up/Cool Down; AND Commencement Form

·      Ensuring safety

·      Provide imagery

·      Use of animal imitation for mental imagery

·      Do’s and Don'ts

·      Body alignment and weight transference

·      Applying and using props

·      Movement principles

 

10:15 – 10:30  Morning Break

 

10:30 – 11:30  Movement Lab II: Warm Up; Brush Knee

·      Increasing proprioception through focused movement

·      Gentle resistance and flow: a mechanism for continuity of movement; increased sensory feedback

·      Use of movement as a social story in dealing with relationships (i.e. bullying)

·      Body alignment and weight transference

·      Applying and using props

 

11:30 – 11:45 Evidence Based Research: Identify Case Study;

·      Deficits - components

·      Functional Deficits

·      Cognitive level and setting

 

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

 

12:45 – 1:15 – Movement Lab IV: Kicking Left and Right;

·      Balance with single leg stance

 

1:15 – 2:15 Movement Lab V: Stringing it together; Review previous movements

·      Dan Tian breathing and it’s health benefits

o   Breathing and the limbic system

 

2:15 – 2:30 Afternoon break

 

2:30 -3:15 – Movement Lab VI: Waving Hands in Clouds

·      Lateral stepping

o   Use of curb, stepping stones, balance beam

 

3:15 – 4:00 – Group activity: Applied learning & discussion

·      Case Study: choosing a child for Tai Chi application

·      Problem solving application of movement through use of imagery and props (balls, streamers, stories, etc.)

·      Demonstration of application and discussion

 

4:00-4:15  Discussion and Questions; Final run through

 

4:15 – 4:30 – Post Test