Kids enter the classroom with a range of aptitudes, attitudes and levels of achievement. The STEP Program is proven to provide benefit across the breadth of capabilities.
STEP is a 2 year, school based Physical Literacy Program of daily exercises specifically designed to stimulate the part of the brain that enables us to develop and automate skills… the cerebellum.
The STEP Program is not exclusively an intervention but it does provide a significant impact to children in the bottom 25% of the classroom who may or may not have a diagnosis of learning disability.
Cerebellum develops skills so they become automatic (easier and more fun!)
Cerebrum does all the thinking so we can process plan and recall information
We know that once skills are automated it’s easier for us to process, retain and recall information.
In the last century, academics experimenting with balametrics, dance and movement, established that specifically stimulating the cerebellum through exercise improves skill automation. The STEP Program is built upon this foundation.
Better progress and attainment (something every teacher wants to report on) is the outcome of completing ten minutes of fun repetitive physical exercises morning and afternoon. Introducing the STEP Physical Literacy Program into your teaching and learning environment is a great way to address focus and concentration issues in children aged between 7-11 years old. See the results in our rigorously controlled Pilot Study.
The STEP Program employs audio, visual and kinesthetic activities. The Program has purposely designed learner-centred exercises that can be incorporated into an individual learning plan. Daily assessment logs progress which means that differentiation is addressed as kids progress at their own pace, only moving on when they achieve success at their current level.
Ideas such as ‘Wake and Shake’ have sought to access the undoubted benefits of movement, timing, rhythm and problem solving. STEP builds upon these with a researched approach in a non-competitive and inclusive setting that meets the needs of all, regardless of sporting ability, social skills or confidence levels. In fact, our pilot study identified a definite increase in the confidence of children with low self-esteem.
“STEP is a very interesting Program that works well to remediate some of the underlying difficulties that affect children’s’ learning. Where such weaknesses were causing barriers to a child’s learning the impact of the Program has been very noticeable with benefits across the curriculum and to self-esteem.”
“The STEP Program is a large undertaking and requires commitment from all involved parties. When this is in place it has the potential to bring about transformations in children; in their confidence and self-esteem; concentration span and focus as well as rate of academic progress. All of the children have changed in observable ways and are very different from the children who started the Program 12 months ago.”
“With top compliance and super effort from the children, we had some fantastic results. Every child benefitted in their own individual way and with regards to their own individual needs. To see how far the children have come and what they have achieved in such a short time has amazed us all.”
Let your school take a positive STEP. Train a Teacher, Teaching Assistant, SENCO or Sports Coach and start the Physical Literacy Program that matters.