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FSI Learning Explorations ~ KidsAction Coaching: Promoting Physical Activity for Kids and their Families

June 5 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Join Bill McKellin, PhD, Tara Nault, MA, and Stephanie Glegg, PhD, on June 5th.
Because physical activity helps everyone’s physical, cognitive, and social development, and because physical activity programs are often not readily accessible for children with developmental conditions, we developed KidsAction Coaching. KidsAction is a free, web-based and in-person program that is based on evidence from our earlier research. KidsAction provides videos and other resources to identify appropriate activities for each child and provides models for activities. It also involves families in their child’s physical activities and encourages parents and caregivers to work together with their peers. KidsAction coaching can also be used by existing physical activity programs to make them more effective for children with specific needs. The goal of our presentation is to share information about the KidsAction approach, and discuss how you might use it with your child. KidsAction Coaching was developed by researchers at UBC in collaboration with Special Olympics BC and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC). It was funded by the BC Ministry of Health, the Kids Brain Health Network (a Canadian National Centre of Excellence), and Michael Smith Health Research BC.

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Dr. Stephanie Glegg is a pediatric occupational therapist with 18 years of experience at Sunny Hill Health Centre, an Assistant Professor at UBC, and a parent of a child with neurodiversity. Her research examines the most effective ways to move knowledge into action to improve health care services and health outcomes. As the team’s implementation scientist, she leads the implementation of the KidsAction Coaching approach in partnership with community sites, and its evaluation.

Bill McKellin is a medical anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at UBC, and the parent of an adult daughter with a rare form of dwarfism. He as also one of the founding directors of the Rare Disease Foundation and the founder of its Parent Resource Groups. He is also an FSI Resource Parent.

Tara Nault, MA, is Métis with cultural ties to Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Tara maintains over 30 years of experience in Indigenous communities and the public service. Her focus has been on Indigenous health, mental wellness, sport, recreation, and physical activity. As an Aunty of a child with neurodiversity, she strives to support family members and communities, and has led several cultural safety learning initiatives including community and cultural programs.

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Stephanie Clegg and Bill McKellin
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