It’s summertime for most of the nations around the world. It’s the season where sports are prominent and of high value. It is also around this time that the therapists are allowed to suggest summer outreach program that includes rock climbing. The different techniques and approach in rock-climbing offer many opportunities for the physical and sensory that could prove useful for therapy and many more methods.
The following bullets are the reasons and advantages that anyone, no matter what their ages are, could achieve and accomplish.
- Increasing a person’s strength and endurance – It’s a no-brainer that rock climbing requires an enhanced strength, agility and endurance to accurately accomplish the goal of climbing to the top. In this case, the kids could develop their grip and hand strength when they do the activity that comes in varying circumstances such as different obstacles, rocks, and many more factors. This activity also requires for a kid to have manageable core strength and leg strength to keep themselves at that height. In rock climbing, everything that you do is subject to strengthening the kid’s motor skills.
- Bilateral coordination – It’s hard, even for us adults, to coordinate the left and right side of our body. Yet we find it hard to multitask when asked to use two of the different side of our body and rock climbing is an excellent way for your kids to control their bilateral coordination. The alternating use of their opposing arms and legs makes it an excellent teaching method for coordination. The kids could learn how to differentiate the movements of the left and right side, enhancing so that they could be ambidextrous. They would have to plan out their actions, by grasping their left hand on one side while reaching out to the next rock using the right hand without letting the left hand go.
- Sensory processing – Muscle strength and endurance is not the only thing the kids could get out of this tiring task. They could also enhance their proprioceptive input that affects the sensory input in our muscles and joints. The vestibular system is also improved when they start from the bottom all the way up to the top of the mountain! Well, not really a mountain, but a simulation of a mountain. It is also an excellent therapy for kids who are experiencing acrophobia or the fear of height to at least alleviate their anxiety.
- Locomotor skills and visual perceptual skills – Climbing is another method of increasing your kid’s decision-making skills, especially in their motor planning skills. With the varying shapes and colors you can find in indoor rock climbing, it could serve as another problem set for your child to solve. The different colors are used so that when the instructor gives out instructions and commands, the kids could readily perceive and apprehend the direction. Just like in a game of Twister, the instructor could hand out controls such as “left hand on the green rock.” From there, they could increase the difficulty by assigning kids on more arduous tasks such as skipping many rocks to enhance their motor planning skills.
- Increasing their confidence – It’s no good that the kids should be within their comfort zones. Especially for kids who prefer staying indoors, it could be another method of exposing them to the physical world through safe means. Increase their confidence and help them develop positive self-esteem.