Do you ever use visualization techniques to help children improve their motor skills or reach their goals? Visualization is a common practice among athletes to improve their performance and take their skills to the next level. Research among adults indicates that mentally rehearsing a sport can help to improve performance, trigger responses from the autonomic nervous system and help in the construction of schema.
Here are 5 steps to carry out for visualization techniques:
- Determine what the overall goal is that the child would like to reach.
- Instruct the child to relax and visualize him/herself achieving the goal.
- Right before the child is going to try the skill again ask the child to visualize him/herself performing the skill perfectly.
- Throughout the attempt at trying/practicing the skill have the child imagine success.
- After the skill, have the child visualize the skill again. Ask the child was there anything he/she could do different the next time to improve the skill.
Reference: Saint Clair, Erica. Visualization: The Simple Tool for Even Greater Athletic Success. Retrieved from the web on 2/10/14 at http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/visualization-the-simple-tool-for-even-greater-athletic-success.
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