Physical literacy is the mastering of the core physical skills of balance, coordination and eye-tracking through personalised exercise. Children who confidently develop their physical literacy are proven to learn more effectively, socialise more easily and participate more positively both inside and outside the classroom empowering every child to achieve more.
Teachers, teacher assistants, interventionists, staff members, and volunteers may be STEP coaches. All STEP coaches complete a training course to become certified to work with student participants.
Everyone involved in the School or District STEP Team completes training through an online portal. Individuals complete modules that are appropriate for their role in implementing STEP within a school or district. Training is about 1 hour in length.
STEP is funded through district or school funding, or through grants received from organizations, foundations, or philanthropists. Contact STEP to determine how you can bring STEP to your school or district.
STEP is a school-based program. However, parents may occasionally opt to continue STEP outside normal school hours. This determination is made by the District STEP Manager or Lead STEP Coach in consultation with a STEP Project Manager.
Exercises target three sensory systems which the cerebellum plays a key role in facilitating.
Students who have the ability to perform physical exercises engaging the entire body, comprehend directions, and communicate verbally are best candidates for STEP.
Parents and teachers have seen major improvements in student academics, behavior, social skills, and self-esteem. STEP participants have also:
Participants are able to complete the program within 2 academic years. There are 16 levels of STEP. In order to graduate from the program, participants must reach level 11 or complete 24 months of exercises.
STEP provides a wobble board, eye chart, exercise ball, and bean bags. Other supplemental items may have to be purchased by the coach, school, or district. A complete list of necessary equipment is included in the kit provided by STEP.
Yes! STEP is not only research-based (meaning the program is based on research) but, even more relevant, STEP is evidence-based (meaning that the program, itself, has been researched).
Academic results showing the % of students who were Below target at the start and progressed to On or Above within 12 months:
Quantitative results showing the average "statistically significant differences" between the Experimental group’s improvements versus that of the Control group:
68% of students enjoy the exercises; less than 10% do not enjoy the exercises.
STEP is particularly effective in individuals aged 7-13 who seek improvements in:
Our goal is for each of our students to achieve his or her optimal outcome. Our team will guide you to identify the participants who should be prioritized for participating in STEP.
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