Nathan is a 10-year-old boy who enjoys being active but is having a hard time keeping up in a game of soccer. Nathan can run and understands the rules of the game, but he is not skilled when it comes to kicking or passing the ball. This is starting to upset Nathan, and yesterday you noticed he chose to sit out instead of joining in the game.
How could you help motivate Nathan to get back in the game? Is there anything you can do to help him practice his skills?
Running, jumping, kicking and throwing, are all examples of gross-motor skills. Encourage Nathan to continue practicing. Try setting up an obstacle course or kicking activities for Nathan to work on his gross-motor skills.
Devon is an 11-year-old who is beginning to go through puberty. You have noticed that lately Devon has had body odor and Devon’s hair seems unwashed. You suspect that hygiene routines may not yet have been introduced to Devon.
What kind of resources or tips could you share with help Devon learn good hygiene self care?
The following are all changes that might occure during puberty; body odor, acne, changing or deepening of the voice, underarm hair growth. For girls, hips becoming wider and development of breasts. For boys, voice lowers and male reproductive organs change. Share with Devon that all of these changes are normal. Talk about the importance of regular hygiene to Devon and share your concerns with Devon’s parents.
Hayden is a 7-year-old girl who does not like to be physically active. She would rather spend her after-school time playing on the iPad or reading a book than being outside or participating in a group physical activity. You have had quite a few conversations with Hayden to try to come up with some ideas to motivate her to move. You’ve learned that she does not participate in any organized sports and her family life is pretty hectic. You did discover that her favorite television shows are singing and dancing competitions and that she loves to read about animals.
What are some ways you might be able to motivate Hayden to be physically active? What types of activities could you plan to engage Hayden in physical activity? How could you explain the health benefits of physical activity to Hayden?
Plan activities that Hayden might be interested in or that may help her cope with her hectic lifstyle. Some suggested activities might be; planning a talent showcase, or a musical, or introducing a daily yoga activity. Physical activity has the following benefits; reduction of stress, improved social skills, improved focus and brain function, and improved confidence and self-esteem.