How to Teach Motor Coordination and Emotional Regulation Skills
Activities of daily living, vocational tasks, and leisure skills require a broad use of muscle coordination. Skills ranging from turning a doorknob to playing basketball will be covered. Emotional regulation skills such as mindful breathing and body awareness help learners stay calm and are crucial for social interactions and academic achievement. Together, motor coordination and emotional regulation skills account for the most basic foundation of learning. This session will introduce a practical, hands-on approach to developing muscle coordination (both gross and fine) and emotional regulation programs. Participants will learn the skill sequences for teaching motor movements and emotional regulation for a variety of purposes and with many types of learners.
- Participants will define terminology related to motor planning and emotional regulation.
- Participants will identify the 3 main muscle groups related to motor foundation skills.
- Participants will explain why motor coordination and emotional regulation account for the basic foundation of learning
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Jonathan Amey M.Ed. is the founding director of Agile Instruction and Management Solutions (A.I.M.S) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Combining his sports medicine background with Precision Teaching, Jonathan focuses on building gross motor repertoires in students across a broad spectrum of abilities. While serving as a special education teacher, Jonathan designed and implemented a school-wide gross motor skills wellness group. Over the last 17 years, Jonathan has utilized precision measurement to continually develop and expand a growing curriculum of gross and fine motor movements. He has presented his work at numerous conferences. Jonathan is the manager of the Multidisciplinary Skills Development special interest group within the Standard Celeration Society.