Motor Active

Motor Active is an exercise program designed for children 3-12 years of age who have difficulty moving and playing in a coordinated manner, or who are having difficulty keeping up with their peers during physical activity. 

The program focuses on developing and enhancing confidence, motivation, fundamental motor skills, and sports' skills through the use of a range of physical activities specifically designed to suit individual needs.

The program offers one-on-one weekly remedial movement sessions with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of Exercise Physiology, and Health and Physical Education. Each session includes specialized activities individually tailored for each child and group interaction activities (warm-up, movement to music, cool-down and relaxation). The individual activities incorporate fundamental motor skills important for child development including balance, strength, flexibility, locomotion and agility, kicking, catching, batting, passing, coordination, and spatial awareness.

The program offers a fun, unique, non-threatening and inclusive environment for the children. The overall objective of the program is to provide such an environment that focuses on motor development and the on-going improvement of physical, social and cognitive well-being necessary for child development.

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What programs are offered?

Motor Skills Program

Motor Active's 'Motor Skills' program is designed to provide a stepping stone between allied health therapy programs and active play for children aged between 3 and 12 years who require one-on-one support to improve motor development and fundamental motor skills. 

The program offers one-on-one weekly remedial movement sessions with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of Exercise Physiology, and Health and Physical Education. Each session includes specialized activities individually tailored for each child and group interaction activities (warm-up, movement to music, cool-down and relaxation).

The individual activities incorporate fundamental motor skills important for child development including balance, strength, flexibility, locomotion and agility, kicking, catching, batting, passing, coordination, and spatial awareness. 

The program offers a fun, unique, non-threatening and inclusive environment for the children.

The overall objective of the program is to provide such an environment that focuses on motor development and the on-going improvement of physical, social and cognitive well-being necessary for child development. 

Who would be best suited to this program? 

Children who have difficultly moving and playing in a controlled and coordinated manner

  • Children with motor control and development difficulties

  • Children with physical and learning disabilities

  • Children with developmental and coordination disorders

  • Children with confidence and motivational problems

What does the program focus on?

The program focuses on developing and enhancing each child's:

  • Self confidence in a physical activity and social environment
  • Motivation to participate in physical activities
  • Social interaction
  • Fundamental gross motor skills
  • Awareness of body, space and effort in movement
  • Memory, language, problem solving and physical education skills

What does the program entail? 

  • Pre and post motor proficiency fitness assessments
  • Weekly sessions, 60 minutes in length
  • One on one interaction with assigned instructors
  • Group interaction (warm-up, movement to music, cool-down and relaxation activities)
  • Individually tailored gross motor skills
  • Weekly home activity sheets individualised for each child's requirements
  • Progress reports for parental feedback

Sports' Skills Program

Motor Active's 'Sports' Skills' program is designed to provide children with an introduction to individual and team sports.  This program is ideal for children who find school Physical Education a challenge or who lack the motivation to join in physical activities with their peers. 

'Sports Skills' is designed to accommodate school aged children between 5 and 12 years who have difficulty learning sport skills in a school environment. The program focuses on developing sports skills, game rules and human anatomy knowledge and also provides a setting for enhancing each child's confidence and motivation in a sporting environment. 

The program offers one-on-one weekly sessions with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of Exercise Physiology, and Health and Physical Education. Each session focuses on three sports and includes group interaction (warm-up, game scenarios, cool-down and stretching). The weekly sessions also incorporate learning how the human body works, the muscles important for specific sports and game rules. 

'Sports Skills' offers a fun, unique, non-threatening and inclusive environment to provide children with an introduction into the world of sport and provide an environment that focuses on the on-going improvement of physical, social and cognitive well-being necessary for child development. 

Who would be best suited to this program?   

  • Children who find school Physical Education challenging
  • Children who may chose not to participate in physical activities with their peers
  • Children who require development of individual and team sport skills 
  • Children with motor control and development difficulties
  • Children with developmental and coordination disorders
  • Children with confidence and motivational problems

What does the program focus on? 

The program focuses on developing and enhancing each child's:

  • Knowledge of the human body

  • Sport skills and game rules

  • Self confidence in a physical activity and social environment

  • Motivation to participate in a sporting environment

  • Social interaction

  • Fundamental gross motor skills

  • Awareness of body, space and effort in movement

  • Memory, language, problem solving and physical education skills

What does the program entail?

  • Weekly sessions, 60 minutes in length

  • One on one interaction with assigned instructors

  • Individually tailored sports skills for each child

  • Group interaction (warm-up, game scenarios, cool-down & stretching sessions)

  • Introduction to: Soccer, Tennis, Hockey, T-ball, Basketball, Netball, Cricket, AFL, Volleyball, Track & Field

  • Introduction to the human body and its importance in sport

  • Introduction to rules of each sport

  • Weekly home skill sheets individualised for each child's requirements

  • Progress reports for parental feedback 

When are programs offered?

Motor Active programs run through the school terms, and usually consist of 7 week terms. 

Sports' Skills program:

  • Tuesdays 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Motor Skills program:

  • Wednesdays 3:45pm - 4:45pm (children 9 years and older)

  • Thursdays 3:45pm - 4:45pm (children 3 years and older)

How much does it cost?

Cost $235 per child per term (10% discount for a second child)

Register your interest

To enquire about program availability please contact:

Lee Svensson (Motor Active Program Coordinator)

Phone:  0439 876 552

Email: hmns.motoractive@uq.edu.au

To register your interest please complete and return an Expression of Interest Form to return to us.

Mail:

Motor Active Program
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Building 26
University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072 

Fax: (07) 3365 6877

Email: hmns.motoractive@uq.edu.au

Where are the classes located?

The University of Queensland
Connell Gymnasium (Room 233), Connell Building Level 2 (Building 26)
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland
Corner of Blair Drive and Union Road
St Lucia 4067

Map

You can download the Motor Active Location Map (PDF).

Parking

Free parking is available to Motor Active clients upon request in the reserved parking area outside the Connell building off Blair Drive. 

To apply for parking, please complete and return the parking application form (PDF) to ensure parking spaces can be prearranged.