Children in modern society are facing various challenges such as:
- Decline of physical and academic ability as well as motivation to learn
- Aggravation of violence & bullying at schools
- Increase of mental & developmental disorders
Although causes and symptoms may vary, it is obvious that developing healthy brain will help improve their emotional and behavioral problems. And it was found in the revolutionary new science and the brain that exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize our brain function. Unfortunately, current computerized societies with overemphasis on deskwork took away the opportunities for children to move their bodies.
Sports and Physical Activities Raise Kids’ potential
In order to create a social movement to raise children’s potential through sports and physical activities, we have established a non-profit organization Sparking Life Japan as an affiliate of Sparking Life to promote the movement.
The followings are the major activities:
- SPARK Seminars to raise awareness
Seminars and symposiums led by Dr. John Ratey and other professionals to learn the crucial connection between exercise and the brain with case studies.
“Zero-Hour SPARK” to promote exercise before learning
It is known that aerobic exercise pumps oxygen to the brain for better focus and attention, to grow brain cells, and to help our emotional regulation for better learning. Children should exercise before their fist lesson.
- SPARK Center for children with developmental disorders
Exercise is known to help improve emotional and social functioning of the brain. In order to maximize the improvement, we have combined The Greenspan Flootime Approach (https://www.stanleygreenspan.com/) and Dr. Ratey’s SPARK (http://www.johnratey.com/) to develop an exercise regimen, SPARK Method, for children with various developmental disorders.
In SPARK Method, playful, active and responsive instructors are the stimuli, the rich environment for children. To promote exercise and to awaken their social brains, we use the “Dopamine Cycle” with Attention, Interest, Exercise & Communication with a lot of Praises.
Here, we apply a different phrase for SPARK
“Super, Playful, Active, Responsive Kids”
There are three kinds of Exercises we emphasize for development of the brain:
- Exercises that pump more oxygen to the brain to improve Neuroplasticity.
- Exercises that create new Neural Networks for better and flexible learning.
(Control, Balance, Coordination with rhythm)
- Exercises that stimulate more brain cells
(Maximizing sensory stimuli from inside and outside)
Sparking Life Japan
|4-36-4, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053 Japan
Phone: +813-6300-5250 Fax: +813-6300-5225
|April 2, 2013|
|Tatsuo Okada, Takako Shimizu, Shigeyoshi Sakai,, Kan Suzuki, Ayako Tsumita Shingo Noi,|
|PE teachers, Sport coaches, Kindergartens, Schools, and Special schools|
|Dr. John Ratey, Greg LeMond|
|The purpose of Sparking Life Japan, is to promote the concept and practice of Sparking Life established by Dr. John J. Ratey, author of the best-selling book “SPARK.”|
|“Sparking Life is fueling an international movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles and corporate practices based on the scientific research that confirms physical exercise enhances brain development, improves mental health, reduces addictive behavior, and helps maintain mental acuity as we age.”|