Recess: Alarm of Joy or Dread? How Elite Method Helps Children Struggling with Recess Time

Posted by Lisa Josephsen

As a child, many of us remember watching the classroom clock waiting for the minute hand to tick to recess time. But, for many kids, the recess bell is an alarm of dread. Rather than running out to play, they worry about what to play, how to play, or who to ask to play.

A significant part of a child’s social time is often based on physical capabilities, especially during recess. From jumping on playground equipment to participating in a game of kickball, feeling uncomfortable or even embarrassed about his/her skills can lead to retreat, anxiety, and distress. This can snowball into other negative emotions and reactions that seep into school work and relationships.

Our 12 Weeks to More Confidence Program helps prevent and address these issues by teaching children basic sport skills, including ball handling, catching and throwing, and balance. With each session, we also seamlessly blend in coordinating social and emotional skills, such as patience, playing fairly, and teamwork.

As a team of children’s coaches and clinical experts, including a physical therapist, child psychologist, and occupational therapist, we know that every child has different needs and may face various challenges, such as ADHD, low tone, or SPD. Our coaches and experts work together to create and manage a highly customized plan for each child.

Most importantly, though, our coaches develop a positive relationship of trust with the child and family. We provide encouragement and positive reinforcement that boosts confidence and self-esteem in the child. We work to build strength in body, mind, and spirit, helping him/her to have more courage and to take safe risks while playing.

After 12 weeks, the results may not only be seen at recess time, but during the rest of the school day. Recess play time results in more focused attention, improved memory, better negotiation and leadership skills, and increased physical activity, according to Scholastic’s Teacher magazine. Our parents also report a stronger sense of self and overall confidence.

“I have seen first-hand how increased confidence coupled with learning specific skills can help a child be successful in negotiating the playground during recess time and feel better about themselves in general,” said psychologist and Elite Method clinical expert Dr. Marla Baum.

Learn more about Why It Works here and contact us today to learn more.