“The passing rate on the President’s Challenge test is usually brought down by the lack of flexibility children exhibit.Many years of working with The Presidential Physical Fitness test made me realize there has to be something out there to help children with flexibility. I honestly feel your program just might be it. I have seen kids stretching more when they did not realize they were doing it …..having fun! I have heard conversations as well. I feel that Alphabet Fitness is going to be a key in my test results in the coming year. My goals also address other types of learning. These include value, thinking skills, social skills, performance skills, and behavioral goals that I wish the students would develop. I love that your program is a way to reach all those goals.”
-Anne Lineberry, PE teacher
Bradley Creek Elementary in Wilmington, NC.
“Children learn best by doing, and simply through play. Alphabet Fitness recognizes, encourages, and nurtures this philosophy. Combining both fine and gross motor skills in learning can represent “success” for many children, rather than frustration or fear, by serving all types of students. Its letter buddies and words promote social skills, cooperation, sharing, teamwork and even trust. It is a ‘mutual interdependence’ as children need each other to make it work.
–Barbara Sanga, Toddler Teacher
This month’s People magazine had a really neat article on Autism, profiling the stories of some kids and teens who have Autism or Asperser’s syndrome. Each child/young adult shared a different activity or coping mechanism that helped relieve the social stresses associated with their condition . It convinced me even more of the reasons why the Alphabet Fitness games are so successful for these children. It was amazing to read about the effect these different activities had on the children with Autism and know that Alphabet fitness is one of these activities : )
Could you please e-mail us a copy of your paper Chimps help their Bipedal cousins relearn body-talk?
Erica Metelovski, MA
Assistant to the Director
ChimpanZoo: Research, Education and Enrichment
A Program of the Jane Goodall Institute
“Thank you so much for sending Brandon “Chimp Yoga”. He was so excited to receive such a wonderful surprise, and he was so proud. He and Blake (our 3 yr. old) had such fun the past 3 nights with it.
Most people with Asperger’s syndrome are at risk for being overweight, and we have worried about Brandon as he is not too interested in many physical activities. However, he LOVES Chimp Shakespeare’s program. He is also fascinated with the dice. It has been a ball watching Brandon & Blake laugh and yoga together. Thank you so much! It means more to me than I can say that you have supported my son in this way. Keep up the great work and I’ll be sure to tell our friends about Chimp Shakespeare!”
“Thank you for Chimp Shakespeare. It was so nice of you” – A handwritten letter sent by Brandon
“My 4 year old son loves this game and will even do it for guests when they come for dinner. We usually do it after dinner. Caleb was not into learning the alphabet through the written word. He is more an auditory learner and the chimps helped him visualize the letters so that he now writes the letters.
I think Caleb, being very social, liked the interactive characteristic of the game especially when it takes two people to make a letter. I think it is also interesting to see how different bodies, different sizes can do some letters easier than others. Also what a child does for a letter and what it looks like to another may not match, and being each other’s mirrors can be a lot of fun.
I think at this age children have a very fragile self-esteem and using a gross motor task to do a cognitive or fine motor skill is very smart and psychologically advantageous especially for boys.”
Gail Monaghan, MPT, DSe
Just an FYI…my kids LOVE the ABC-yoga!!! I put the font in a powerpoint and project it on the wall…so I can move around and help the kiddos! I teach PK-5th grade. Was doing it with the little ones. Yesterday I had a fifth grader come to me and ask if they were going to get to do it…my response–why do you ask? The answer–my sister was doing it at home and it looks fun! Just want you to know
that your work is “networking our community”!!!
Rogers Public Schools
Implementing Alphabet Fitness into my developmental delay dance class has helped my students with Down syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and Autism improve their social skills, touch and trust, bodily awareness and determination. The physical interaction between the students and teachers, strength challenges, and pictorial representations of what to strive for all helped the students enhance their physical and mental fitness.
Greta Pearson-Internship program writeup Dean College,
School of Dance/Alphabet Fitness
“I grew up in a time period when Dyslexia resulted in the comments of slow and a boy most likely not to succeed. My youngest son picked up my genes but it is tools today like Alphabet Fitness that will make the difference for him. We play the “dice” most weekends and his recognition of the letters and sounding them as he puts his body in the shape is a blast. This brings play back in to learning but with added benefit of “putting your letters together”
Peter Vicars, MA
President/CEO VGo Robotics