Early this year we noticed Katie, our speech and language magician, bouncing balls with children as part of their sessions with her. We were intrigued, especially when we saw how much better those children did in the classroom. So in January, five of us piled in a car and drove to Charlotteville, Virginia, to participate in a workshop and learn how to bounce balls with children too. It sounds so easy, but I’ve never worked so hard in my life. When we were through, we had one more tool in our toolbox. We have children who beg for time to do this, and our paraprofessional is kept more than busy working one-on-one with our students.
Founder Bill Hubert started doing Bal-a-vis-X with children in his classroom because he noticed that many children with learning difficulties also had coordination problems. He hypothesized that improving coordination might make learning easier and found that to be true. Over the years he has refined the techniques and taught them to hundreds of people. Check out this video of him in action: watch?v=_mbQv34Zs-w
JRA has invited Bill to come train teachers, parents, and therapists in our area to use Bal-a-vis-X with their children as well. He will be here for a 20 hour training, August 17, 18, and 19, which will be held at Just Right Academy, housed in the Shared Visions Retreat Center just off I-85 near Hillsborough. See flyer for more details and note the early registration discount. We can take 35 participants who will join our staff in learning this technique as well as improving and refining previously learned skill. I hope you’ll join us!