Kidzercise is specifically designed Paediatric Fitness Training. It was purposefully created by our Fitness Instructor in consultation with Paediatric Occupational Therapists at this clinic. With extensive experience working with children and teenagers with special needs, the aim of Kidzercise is to develop a child ‘s strength, fitness, core muscle tone, posture and training in recreational and sporting activities.
Kidzercise supports the child in having fun, developing social skills and peer interaction which improve self confidence and motivation. Parents have reported that following this specific fitness intervention, their child’s attention, concentration and ability to focus on learning had greatly improved. Classes run in a ten week block at a cost of €150 for the ten sessions. The group size varies from three to six children depending on the child’s needs.
Kidzercise is provided on both an individual and group basis and home programmes are provided. School groups can also be facilitated with close liaison and training with resource teachers and special needs assistants.
Ireland has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world. One in ten children in Ireland aged 5 to 12 years are obese and it is a leading risk factor of the development of heart disease and cancer in later life (Trinity College Dublin 2009). With the right opportunities and supports in place all children can attain well developed gross motor skills to ensure full participation in sporting and fun activities with their peers.