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Movement and Learning in the Early Years
Supporting Dyspraxia (DCD) and Other Difficulties

First Edition


May 2004 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book achieves what it sets out to do - provide clear guidance to parents and professionals on key aspects of movement in the early years. The book however does more than that - it emphasises that movement in the early years is not the territory of experts, but through the use of this book, the assessment of movement development of activities and programmes are within the range of all - class teachers and parents. I strongly recommend that this book is available in every school' - Educational Review

`This book provides a good overview of issues in movement and development and learning, and will stimulate the interested reader to explore this topic further' - Early Years

`This book will be a useful addition to any primary staff room bookshelf. It is a practical book based on sound theory. It will provide ideas for the non-specialist teacher and for parents anxious to help. The suggestions will provide a good framework for the staged assessment and support for young children for whom there is a cause for concern' - Support for Learning

`For anyone involved in the development of any young child, this should be essential reading. The book is very informative and readable by parents, teachers and students and is simply illustrated with case studies' - Dyslexia Contact

`As a behaviour advisory teacher I will certainly be influenced by reading this, and I know our local occupational therapists would be overjoyed if she knew all teachers read books like this' - Special Children

`It is always good to be able to welcome a book on such a key factor as movement in early childhood development, and this text has been written to support parents and practitioners who wish to understand how movement contributes to all aspects of learning -intellectual, social and emotional, as well as physical' - Marian Whitehead, Nursery World

`This book is an excellent introduction for anybody trying to understand how movement affects child development. It clearly explains the importance movement has on how young children learn and feel. The information and insights in this book can be found elsewhere but I have yet to find such breadth and depth of information on supporting children with movement difficulties as clearly written and accessible as this book' - Spare-Chair

`The book is very informative and readable by parents, teachers and students and amply illustrated with case studies' - Judith Stansfield, SEN ICT Consultant

Movement is a key factor in young children's development and it can affect how they learn and how they feel. Do you work with young children who have difficulties in this area?

This book shows you how to observe a child as they move to allow for early identification of any problem and then tells you how to help. Dyspraxia (DCD) is on the increase in young children and less confident and easy movement can play a part in other specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and with hyperactivity (ADHD).

Included is advice on:

} observing, analyzing and assessing movement development

} building confidence

} helping with handwriting

} supporting mathematical development

Why not ask the child to pop bubble paper as one way of promoting finger awareness? Carefully taught activities can be easy to plan and fun to carry out and there are lots of suggested activities set out in the book.

Early years practitioners in nurseries, schools, playgroups and EYDCPs will find this book clear and useful; it also offers advice to parents.

Christine Macintyre was formerly Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University and is now a freelance consultant. Kim McVitty is a nursery school teacher.

 
EARLY INTERVENTION IN MOVEMENT AND LEARNING
 
Part One: Making the Case
Development of the Brain  
Self-Esteem  
Being Bullied  
 
Part Two: Movement and Learning
The ABC of Learning - Attention. Balance and Control  
Differences in Movement Ability  
The Importance of Movement Ability  
The Size of the Problem  
Ways to Help  
 
ANALYSING, OBSERVING AND ASSESSING MOVEMENT
 
Part One: Analysing Movement
Factors for Analysis  
Movement Abilities  
Open and Closed Skills  
 
Part Two: Observing and Assessing Movement
Assessment  
Observation  
Examples of the Process of Assessments  
Other Factors in Assessment  
 
LEARNING AND PERCEPTION
 
Part One: Learning and Movement
Constructivism  
The Pace of New Learning  
Matching Teaching and Learning Styles  
Critical Learning Periods  
 
Part Two: Perception
The Vestibular Sense  
The Auditory Sense  
The Tactile Sense  
The Visual Sense  
The Senses of Taste and Smell  
The Proprioceptive Sense  
The Kinaesthetic Sense  
Some Questions for Parents to Consider  
 
HANDWRITING AND MATHEMATICS - A MOVEMENT PERSPECTIVE
 
Part One: Handwriting
A Sense of Hand Preference/Dominance  
Ability to Recognise/Visualise/Remember the Pattern of the Letter or Word  
The Strength and Control in Their Shoulder, Arm and Hand  
The Necessary Movement Abilities  
Enough Spatial/Kinaesthetic Competence  
The Correct Resources  
Enough Space on the Desktop  
Left-Handed Writers  
 
Part Two: Mathematics
Conservation  
Visual Perception  
Sequencing Difficulties  
Counting on the Number Rack  
Spatial Understanding in Different Algorithms  
Mental Maths  
The Confusing Language of Mathematics  
 
PROGRAMMES OF ACTIVITIES FOR PERCEPTUAL-MOVEMENT PROGRAMMES
Introduction  
Six Golden Rules  
Fun Ways of Teaching  
Planning and Organising Movement  
The Importance of Practice  
 
APPENDICES
Norms of Development  
Competences from the Curriculum Guidance Documents  
The Underlying Factors Influencing Movement  
A Brief Outline of Specific Learning Difficulties  

`It is always good to be able to welcome a book on such a key factor as movement in early childhood development, and this text has been written to support parents and practitioners who wish to understand how movement contributes to all aspects of learning -intellectual, social and emotional, as well as physical' - Marian Whitehead, Nursery World


A strong text which provides support for parents and practitioners who wish to understand how movement contributes to all aspects of learning -intellectual, social and emotional, as well as physical.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
February 4, 2015

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