Recent neuroscientific research has identified important links between movement and children’s learning, calling into question traditional models of classroom design. Very little research has been conducted to explore how children with different abilities move together in integrated classrooms and other everyday environments. This study will provide new knowledge about the relationships between cognition and movement. The proposed project will illuminate previously unknown connections between movement, neurological processes and children’s environments. This knowledge could be used to optimize the design of integrated classrooms and movement interventions that enhance all children’s physical, social and cognitive development in these and other play/learn spaces.
Who can participate
Children and youth currently enrolled in a Holland Bloorview Arts or School program who are: ages 6 to 12 inclusive, who speak English, who are able to mobilize independently with or without mobility aids (walkers, wheelchairs, etc), and are able to understand and follow simple movement instructions.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research