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Spreading the INPP word….

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Conference coming up and we are a small part of that! 

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Networking. Raising the profile of the work we do in Australia… that’s one of the team goals for INPP Australia.

One of the ways we are doing that is by spreading the word in national, child focussed forums.

Along those lines, we’ve recently been advised of the acceptance of an abstract for a poster presentation as part of the ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) National conference: “Coming Together for Australia’s Children” in Hobart June 24th to 26th.  (Link: http://www.togetherforchildren.net.au/index.php)

This is an opportunity to get some information out about INPP work and some of the growing research data coming through outlining the impact and success of the INPP program, particularly the schools program: “Assessing Neuro-Motor Readiness for Learning”. 

I’ll be there for the conference and look forward to the possibility of meeting people interested in our work in Australia and promoting positive outcomes for children in education.  Supporting children’s learning is the goal. 

This is the abstract for the presentation which forms part of the ‘Research and Evaluation’ stream at the conference:

Neuro-motor Readiness for Learning: Supporting positive outcomes for Children.

The importance of movement in development and supporting learning in childhood is challenged by an Education curriculum encouraging more desk time and greater standardised accountability processes in early learning environments. Policies for improving learning outcomes can only translate into reality if the children for whom the policies are intended to assist are developmentally, physically and neurologically ready for the learning situations they encounter. Physical literacy and readiness for learning is foundational for other academic literacies. This paper presents a method of innovative practice with positive outcomes drawing on the work and experience of a group of multidisciplinary neuro-developmental professionals in the UK, Australia and other countries. Practitioners identify and address neuro-motor immaturity in children through individualised and school based movement programs using the INPP method ( INPP.org.uk; Peter Blythe, PhD; Goddard-Blythe, 2009 & 2012), a standardised testing protocol to assess early movement patterns and sensory system development that provides a view of a child’s neuro-motor maturity and readiness for learning. A school-based movement program and post-assessment of neuro-motor maturity provides insight into the importance of supporting children’s learning from a neuro-developmental perspective. Work spanning 40 years indicates that addressing neuro-motor immaturity can improve children’s capacity to attend, modify behaviour and more readily access learning opportunities and the curriculum.

Presenter: Dr Christine Payard [B Ed(Hons); M Ed Studies (Language & Literacy); PhD; NDT (INPP)] Neuro- Developmental Educator, Director of “Integrating Thinking” and INPP Australia Principal. 

A key feature of the INPP schools program is the testing protocol and measured assessment of neuro-motor maturity changes in children participating in the programs.  

If you are coming please pop over and say “Hi”.


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