Continuing Education

Continuing Education

We are thrilled to offer Continuing Education to professionals like you, who share our goal of creating inspiring, innovative play solutions for all communities. We offer courses for free, with automated credit reporting. If you are an architect, landscape architect, or other construction professional, you can count on PlayPower to help maintain your accreditation.

PlayPower is an approved CE provider through the ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). Our courses are approved for LA CES 1.0 PDH

Developing Physical Literacy in Children: Why Early Exposure is the Key to an Active and Healthy Life – October 21st @ 1PM ET

What’s that saying about riding a bike? If you learned once, you’ll never forget? But, what if you never learned how to ride a bike or kick a soccer ball or how to skip? This presentation will look at how physical literacy is developed in children and why early exposure is crucial for a healthy and active lifestyle. We will specifically look into why children are more receptive to developing movement skills at different ages and how we can help them achieve physical literacy in developmentally appropriate ways. We identify barriers to movement that certain populations face and why our children are moving less than ever before. Finally, we will explore how your school playground can be designed to support children to develop fundamental movement skills.

This webinar will be presented by Nic Castona, an elementary physical education teacher and Washington State Coach of the Year award recipient. In his 10 years as a physical education teacher, Nic has taught Pre-K to 12th grade and seen firsthand the challenges and barriers children face when it comes to achieving physical literacy. As a Track & Field and Cross Country coach, he saw the role that early exposure and access to movement had on his athlete’s success. Sparked by a presentation he attended years ago about child development Nic has had an avid interest in the early childhood movement and its effect on living an active and healthy life. His passion is teaching others how children acquire movement skills, the brain science behind this, and how we can help them find ways to be active by understanding why physical literacy really is.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe physical literacy and give an example from their own experience.
2. Identify the main elements in the continuum of motor skills (0-12 years).
3. Explain how playgrounds can help develop fundamental movement skills.
4. Describe barriers children face when it comes to accessing movement opportunities.

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