Development and evaluation of comprehensive physical literacy programs for children with neurodevelopmental, emotional and/or behavioural conditions and incorporating parent coaches.

The project ... 

The Thriving Families research project is investigating changes in the physical literacy of children with physical, developmental and/or behavioural barriers to participation.

The program involves both parents and instructor as ‘coaches’ who participate in workshops designed to improve their knowledge of, and provide practical strategies on how to build children’s confidence and motivation toward physical activity.



Why is this project important ... 

Four out of five children do not meet current recommendations for physical activity, in particular, those children with physical, developmental &/or behavioural barriers. One reason for this problem is a lack of physical literacy (i.e. the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding that help individuals maintain regular physical activity throughout life). This research will evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of utilising parent 'coaches' and a community based physical activity program to improve the physical literacy outcomes of children.  



Project team & outcomes ... 

  • PhD Candidate & Project Lead = Ms Kemi Wright AEP

  • Research Team:


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