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Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior Paperback – November 5, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0880118743 ISBN-10: 0880118741 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (November 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880118741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880118743
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Cheatum and Hammond have taken the scientific confusion out of understanding sensory motor development and the sensory systems. This is a must-read for those who are told their child or student has a behavior or learning problem!"""Ariel L. H. Anderson, PhDProfessor, Western Michigan University "Practitioners . . . will find a wealth of information to share with administrators, teachers, and politicians that validates the potential role of quality sensory-motor programs in the lives of children with learning, behavior, and motor problems. College and university faculty and their undergraduate students will find practical and usable information about the sensory input systems, quality intervention strategies, and motor outcomes. Graduate students will find it a useful reference."Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly "As stated in the preface of this publication, it was the authors' intention to write an easy-to-read book for parents and educators about children with learning and behavioral problems and include physical activities to improve their sensory motor development. The authors meet this requirement in an outstanding manner. The tips for sensory motor development programs are very applicable for the target group of readers. Furthermore, the authors cover a wide range of problems of the sensory system, and in this respect the book provides an interesting summary and good guide to sensory motor development with suggestions for correcting possible difficulties."Gudrun M. Doll-Tepper, PhDProfessor, Free University of Berlin "Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior Problems: A Guide to Sensory Motor Development providesteachers and parents with a comprehensive approach to working with children who have learning or behavior problemsspecial attention is given to promoting sensory motor development."Jean L. Pyfer, PhDDean of Health Sciences, Texas Woman's University "I spent many years studying and advocating for physical educators to look at the sensory-motor mechanisms that under-gird motor performance. These authors do an excellent job of unraveling those ""mysteries"" of the sensory motor systems by discussing the fundamental systems in a way they can be understood. The connection of proprioceptive, tactile and vestibular function with motor output is clearly presented and takes the teacher and parent much deeper into the underlying systems of sensory motor behavior than ever before. They've done a great job and I hope the book is widely adopted as a text or at least supplemental readings in methods of teaching physical activity to elementary school aged children."Janet A. Seaman, P.E.D. American Assoc. for Active Lifestyles & Fitness, Executive Director "This is the book I needed when my son was small! By making the exercises into games, the book works miracles for both attitude and physical development. As a parent, both tips for working with children and explanations of how the body functions are extremely helpful. How wonderful to finally have this information in a form usable by parents and teachers!"Gail M. Ledbetter, B.S., MASLPortage Public Schools"

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“Cheatum and Hammond have taken the scientific confusion out of understanding sensory motor development and the sensory systems. This is a must-read for those who are told their child or student has a behavior or learning problem!""
Ariel L. H. Anderson, PhD
Professor, Western Michigan University

”Practitioners . . . will find a wealth of information to share with administrators, teachers, and politicians that validates the potential role of quality sensory-motor programs in the lives of children with learning, behavior, and motor problems. College and university faculty and their undergraduate students will find practical and usable information about the sensory input systems, quality intervention strategies, and motor outcomes. Graduate students will find it a useful reference.”
Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

“As stated in the preface of this publication, it was the authors' intention to write an easy-to-read book for parents and educators about children with learning and behavioral problems and include physical activities to improve their sensory motor development. The authors meet this requirement in an outstanding manner. The tips for sensory motor development programs are very applicable for the target group of readers. Furthermore, the authors cover a wide range of problems of the sensory system, and in this respect the book provides an interesting summary and good guide to sensory motor development with suggestions for correcting possible difficulties.”
Gudrun M. Doll-Tepper, PhD
Professor, Free University of Berlin

“Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior Problems: A Guide to Sensory Motor Development provides teachers and parents with a comprehensive approach to working with children who have learning or behavior problems—special attention is given to promoting sensory motor development.”
Jean L. Pyfer, PhD
Dean of Health Sciences, Texas Woman's University

“I spent many years studying and advocating for physical educators to look at the sensory-motor mechanisms that under-gird motor performance. These authors do an excellent job of unraveling those ""mysteries"" of the sensory motor systems by discussing the fundamental systems in a way they can be understood. The connection of proprioceptive, tactile and vestibular function with motor output is clearly presented and takes the teacher and parent much deeper into the underlying systems of sensory motor behavior than ever before. They've done a great job and I hope the book is widely adopted as a text or at least supplemental readings in methods of teaching physical activity to elementary school aged children.”
Janet A. Seaman, P.E.D.
American Assoc. for Active Lifestyles & Fitness, Executive Director

“This is the book I needed when my son was small! By making the exercises into games, the book works miracles for both attitude and physical development. As a parent, both tips for working with children and explanations of how the body functions are extremely helpful. How wonderful to finally have this information in a form usable by parents and teachers!”
Gail M. Ledbetter, B.S., MASL
Portage Public Schools

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crease in the Page on February 26, 2009
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This book has many MANY practical ideas for improving a child's balance and coordination and body awareness and, well, you can "Look Inside!" and read the table of contents.

I just got the book from the library and am reading it. It is very accessible for people like me who know nothing about physical therapy. I haven't tried any of the activities on my kids yet. Nor have I tried them on myself, for that matter... Lord knows I could use some balance and coordination therapy. I don't know if this stuff works, but I can assume it does since the authors are experts with years of experience. Their premise seems a little bogus to me: that some kids haven't grown out of infantile reflexes, so they have to get down in infantile stances and start all over. But again, I don't know anything about it.

I give the book four stars because it is very accessible and has many practical, inexpensive activities.

I give it only four stars because the second chapter came very close to offending me. The author implies (and sometimes overtly states) that poor motor development is the result of parental neglect or a lack of stimulating opportunities. Sometimes, or even often, that is probably true. But I would guess there are plenty of people who are just genetically klutzy. And then there autistic children who are likely to find one repetitive activity that stimulates them and fixate on that--poor motor skills there are not a result of parental neglect, but of the child's disinterest in trying whatever opportunities the parent provides. In short, I didn't find it helpful to be blamed for the problem. But since most of the book focuses on remedying the problem, I think it will be a useful resource.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. OMalley on April 23, 2002
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I really enjoyed this book. The authors know how to explain their material without using a lot of technical jargon. If you have read and enjoyed "The Out of Sync Child", I would recommend this as Part 2. It goes a little more in-depth and has lots of great ideas for activities. Very Smart!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susanne van Niekerk on March 21, 2006
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An absolute must for anyone involved in pre- and foundation phase education. Cheatum gives a concise and clear understanding of how the human mind is formed though movement and how easy to do activities can help the child attain optimal learning readiness.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Hedlind on March 27, 2009
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This is an extremely dry wandering text. There is no conciseness and very little "How To" material in this book. The book wanders through a laundry list of what-ifs and anecdotes without offering actionable ideas. I was very disappointed by this book. Anyone who is busy will want to look for a different book, reserving this one as a library reference.
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I really do like this book! It is very practical, gives you ways to assess the different sensory systems, symptoms of each sensory system dysfunction and treatment ideas that are practical. It gives just enough scientific explanation of what the systems are about and how they work - perfect for me! Great buy!
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