Unique and fun programs reflect ongoing research on the correlation between increased physical activity and improved academic, social, and developmental skills in children.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - August 03, 2017) - Child development professionals at The Little Gym say that parents who want to help their children reach their potential should know that physical activity programs do more than just teach children how to tumble. Research indicates that encouraging this type of purposeful, ongoing, active play in young children provides a wealth of physical, developmental, and cognitive benefits and may be the key to fostering confident, successful kids.
"It's not surprising that regular physical activity helps with the development of gross and fine motor skills," says Ruk Adams, president and CEO of The Little Gym. "But research shows that the benefits go beyond physical prowess. Participation in regular group physical activity also encourages decision making and creativity; promotes the development of social skills; and improves 'executive function' skills like self-regulation, sustained attention, and improved working memory."
The Little Gym offers unique programs for children ages four months to 12 years that revolve around active play in a fun environment designed to provide a different context for learning. For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, these classes help establish active, healthy habits and foster social skills like listening and cooperation; for older children, these programs complement and enhance the traditional school experience by helping children build confidence, manage anxiety and depression, and increase self-esteem and cognitive skills.
"At The Little Gym, we believe kids should be able to act like kids. That's why we provide a lively learning environment where our students are encouraged to giggle, shout, and holler to their hearts' content," says Adams. "This safe and inspiring space also helps children learn to direct their energy, foster flexibility and focus, develop key skills, and build the confidence they need to engage joyfully in the world around them."
The Little Gym is now enrolling students for the 2017-2018 Season. For more information, please go to www.TheLittleGym.com.
The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has over 330 locations in 32 countries. For more information, visit The Little Gym at www.TheLittleGym.com.
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