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Exercise Does Make a Difference

Kelly Colerick, founder of Step Ahead Educational Services, is a credentialed special education teacher with more than five years of classroom experience. In agreement with naturopathic doctors that recommend using natural approaches to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she has seen firsthand how exercise can help. “My students and I perform exercises prior to class, and this makes a significant difference in their alertness, posture and level of engagement,” says Colerick. “I conducted an informal five-week study of special-needs children in my classroom and noted that 20 to 30 minutes of exercise even led to a slight improvement in grades.”

Exercise improves children’s mental state and leaves them more positive and motivated to do well in the classroom. “Simple educational, kinesiology warm-up exercises before class, such as sensory integration and Brain Gym movements, specifically designed to enhance academic skills, help children with sensorimotor issues and learning disabilities,” advises Colerick. She provides space in her independent classroom setting for yoga mats, medicine balls, bean bag chairs and books, noting, “Kids like to work off their excess energy and regroup between classes.”


Location: 3138 Roosevelt St., Ste. H, Carlsbad 92008. Contact: call 858-384-1145 or visit StepAheadSanDiego.com.

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