ActEi - developing the whole child
Innovative, Fun and Holistic -
a fresh approach
to Movement Education

ActEi is a fun developmental movement programme for 4 - 9 year olds, that uses games, co-operative missions, creative movement, drama, imagination, visualisation and specialised neuro-developmental movements, to help every child reach their potential - physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.



There are 9 books for schools and parents to use and hugely enjoyable inset training sessions to access. For foundation stage, primary PE and supporting children with SEN in mainstream or special schools, the ActEi books are a ready to use resource:

  • Engaging games, creative play and guided techniques combine in each ActEi session. The range ensures all children find success and enjoy their experience.
Easy to deliver instructions that can be read aloud straight from the book. Designed so any adult with or without specialised knowledge can lead successful sessions.
Progressive lesson plans all ready done for the term, age related, 20 and 40 minute plans, including lesson objectives.
Simple assessments to use and score that can help you identify areas of need and select an appropriate ActEi plan and track progress
Stimulate language development and social skills through movement and games.Using movement and play as a stimulus, many of the games also focus on children sharing ideas and observations, and collaborating with each other.
ActEi has a made a massive difference
We've been using ActEi in our IEPs for 18 months and it has made a massive difference. For instance, one boy who couldn't even catch a ball is now doing great
Class teacher, Cranfield Lower, Bedfordshire

If you're not sure where to start, use the ActEi chooser chart in the sign up area of the website. This free online assessment gives you an indication of problem areas. You will also find ideas to help students and samples of ActEi to try out.

The current challenges faced by Schools

Parents, classroom teachers, PE specialists and SENCOs are reporting a continual rise in the number of children showing difficulties with their:

  • coordination and fine motor skills,
  • muscle strength and gross motor skills,
  • spatial awareness,
  • ability to plan, control and sequence movements
  • social and communication skills

As these abilities form some of the essential building blocks to performing physically and learning successfully, this often translates into children experiencing multiple difficulties in PE, games and sport, and in the classroom. Most schools recognise the need for specialist support but find it's increasingly hard to come by, and additional resources can be expensive.

It has been shown that many children with learning problems make significant improvements after following a physiological movement development programme, but in most schools, teachers and support staff leading PE lessons have not had sufficient training in this vital area.

good posture, better balance and just seem more coordinated
Although we haven't done any measures to show definite improvements in the children's performance, all the staff can see a definite difference. The children doing ActEi have a good posture, better balance and just seem more co-ordinated
PE coordinator, Russell Lower School, Bedfordshire
An ocean of knowledge to help children succeed

Happily, there is a vast ocean of knowledge that can be used to help support all children's development, from such diverse fields as; movement science, physical therapy, stress release, bio-feedback, neuroscience, infant and postural reflex integration, educational kinesiology, sensory integration, emotional intelligence, mind-body visualisation therapy, behavioural optometry, physical education and play.

Much of this work rests on the very close relationship of senses, body and mind, and the impact that movement, physical, mental and emotional techniques have on our cognitive ability. ActEi brings the jewels from this ocean of knowledge to be used on the shore by schools and parents in an easy, fun, and fully planned format that respects the constraints on their time.

the music is so memorable and the games such fun
It's amazing how the children remember the names of all the ActEi games and how to do them, but hardly any of our other PE games. I think it's because the music is so memorable and the games such fun.
Reception teacher, Wrestlingworth Lower, Bedfordshire
How ActEi can make a difference

Because ActEi is fun, it's enjoyed by almost all children, especially those of primary school age. However, at ActEi's core are the specialised techniques and movements activities which activate the sensory system, stimulate neurological development, and harmonise communication between the emotions, mental processes and the body.

For this reason they are especially beneficial for children of all ages who struggle. Some of these children have been clearly identified as having special educational needs, but there are many others whose development has not yet quite integrated the necessary physical or mental skills to succeed at school.

The unique ActEi three Step Process

The real magic of ActEi is its unique, three step approach. ActEi is an acronym of the three steps: Activation, Exploration and Integration.

In each session, one or more games from each step is played in sequence.

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ctivation games have been created to increase sensations and awareness. They include traditional playground games and more contemporary games and activities

     
  Socially cooperative and collaborative games
  Active and engaging
  Gently activate the particular motor or sensorysystems ready for more challenging games.
 
     

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xploration games are non-competitive voyages of self discovery. Here there is drama, imagination, reflection and playfulness, enveloping movement or the sense of movement.

     
  Imagination, imagination, imagination
  Creative play and reflective interpretation of ideas
  Exploration of feelings and sensations through movement.
 
     

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ntegration games are movement exercises and techniques that have a specific developmental goal and are based on successful approaches used by specialists and physical therapists.

     
  Guided techniques and activities
  Skill focused and individually challenging
  Integrates the experiences and sensations from the previous 2 steps
 
     

The difference ActEi makes is that in each session focuses on one particular area of development, bringing each child through a process of physical activation, relaxed exploration of the sensation this brings, and then integrating this into their mind and body system, and eventually, their skill set.

Another special feature of ActEi is that it is holistic. There is a deliberate focus on experiences involving co-operation and community, introspection and expression, communicating ideas and experiences verbally and non-verbally, and on empowering children to experience self awareness and awareness of others.

Sample ActEi now by completing the ActEi chooser chart. This will identify the priority areas.
It will suggest the relevant books, for the individual or group you are thinking of, and you will be able to sample a game or activity for free.

  1. 1. Sign in to our free resources and select ActEi,
  2. 2. Choose either the physical or classroom assessment and go through the questions
  3. 3. Based on your responses you get an indicator of the underlying difficulties, a recommendation and a free activity to get you started.
 

 

 

 

Complete with background theory, age based 20 or 45 minute session plans, music, assessments and screening guides, the ActEi books are an invaluable resource enabling schools and parents to:
  • support children's early physical development.
  • improve children's ability to attain age related skills and targets.
  • deliver PE lessons that also develop social and communication skills.
  • identify early signs of need for additional support and monitor progress.
  • provide additional strategies for children with SEN.
ActEi - Vestibular (Balance)
Children with hyper-vestibular (unable to filter sensory information) are always on the go with excessive spinning, tumbling, swinging and running or jiggling of their legs. Hypo-vestibular children (diminished awareness of stimuli) move with a slight rigidity, have a poor sense of balance and reduced muscle tone.
Children with hypo-vestibular problems may:
  • Have poor balance and frequently fall over, especially in running games.
  • Seek out spinning activities - rarely get dizzy.
  • Have poor spatial orientation - left and right confusions, moving shapes around in their minds eye.
  • Have delays in motor development, language, reading and writing.
  • Swing on the chair and jiggle the legs when sitting at a desk or floor.
Children with hyper-vestibular problems may:
  • Dislike seeing or seeing or doing spinning activities.
  • Continually feel they are in motion.
  • Withdraw from physical activities.
  • Move and play with an apparent rigidity to their head and neck.
  • Avoid playground games and sports that provide too much stimulation.
Using combinations of balancing, spinning and controlled movements, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce the impact of poor vestibular functioning and improve, balance, stillness, whole body coordination, postural stability and sensory processing.
ActEi - Tactile
When a child's tactile system is not processing effectively they can be easily distracted, clumsy, have poor dexterity, feel emotionally insecure, have a low pain threshold, and over react to unexpected touch.
Children with tactile difficulties may:
  • Dislike contact sports
  • Avoid rough and tumble activities
  • Prefer to wear loose fitting clothes
  • Dislike dirt and muck on their skin
  • Not be able to identify body parts
  • Need lots of physical contact with people they trust
  • Be clumsy with poor balance and coordination
  • Have poor balance, motor skills and spatial awareness
Using combinations of individual and social tactile approaches, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce the impact of poor tactile processing, and improve a positive emotional connection with touch and physical interaction, emotional security, physical confidence, awareness of the body and positive vocabulary.
ActEi - Reflexes and Gross Motor Skills
Because of the broad role reflexes have in our physical, cognitive and sensory development, retained reflexes can affect concentration, behaviour, attention, coordination, dexterity, balance, vision, spatial awareness and muscle tone.
Children with retained reflexes may:
  • Have a poor a posture and 'slump' at a desk
  • Be over sensitive to sudden noises or thing in the visual field
  • Fidget a lot
  • Avoid backhand swings in racket games
  • Hold their pen and book at a right angle to their body
  • Struggle with their hand-eye coordination
  • Have poor sequencing skills
  • Have poor visual perceptual problems that affect reading and writing
  • Have poor fine motor skills
  • Struggle with activities requiring coordination and balance
Using combinations of repetitive and complex movements and positive self imaging approaches, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce the impact of retained reflexes, and improve the ability to organise movement, control of movement, balance, coordination and overall physical confidence.
ActEi - Muscle Tone and Core
Children with low muscle tone will often look 'floppy,' get tired quite quickly especially during PE, slouch over their desk and hang on their chairs. They are prone to fidgeting, general low level energy and may have a weak chewing action.
Children with poor muscle tone may:
  • Appear quite floppy
  • Not engage in physical activities that require strength or endurance
  • Have weak core postural strength resulting in clumsiness and poor posture
  • Struggle with weight bearing activities in gymnastics, games and sports
  • Fall over when engaging in activities that require balance
  • Lean on walls and desks for support
  • Struggle to sit still in their chair
  • Have poor levels of fitness and stamina
  • Eat in a sloppy fashion and with their mouth open
  • Write and colour in without much accuracy or skill
Using combinations of aerobic, anaerobic and plyometric techniques, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce the impact of poor muscle tone and weak core, and increase muscle strength and tone, core stability, gross motor skills, fitness, stamina and whole body conditioning.
ActEi - Proprioception (spatial awareness)
Children with poor proprioception generally have poor body space awareness, coordination and regularly need to watch their movements. They often fall and trip, bump into things and people and need greater levels of repetition to master new movements.
Children with poor muscle tone may:
  • Have difficulties in knowing where different parts of their body are in space
  • Appear unable to recognise other people's 'personal space'
  • Regularly runs and bumps into furniture, walls, desks and other people
  • Avoid endurance activities
  • Cannot tell directions; gets lost easily
  • Watch all their actions - they need their eyes to tell their brain how and what they are doing
  • Need greater levels of repetition to master familiar, general and skilled movements
Using combinations of explosive movements, static postures and space awareness techniques, the ActEi games in the proprioception book aim to reduce the impact of poor proprioception, and improve spatial awareness, awareness of others space, sense of how their body moves, coordination, balance, physical confidence, muscle tone and joint stability
ActEi - Body Awareness
Children with limited body awareness will often have poor self image, spatial awareness and posture. They may also be poorly coordinated, find it difficult to identify different parts of their body, and may feel uncomfortable taking part in physical activities.
Children with poor body awareness may:
  • Struggle to copy a movement demonstrated by someone else
  • Find it difficult to identify and name parts of their body
  • Draw themselves; without body parts, poorly proportioned to other people, sad expressions
  • Consistently express negative and derogative comments about themselves
  • Bump into people and have a poor sense of theirs and others personal space
  • Be ambidextrous but lack skill with either the left or right side
  • Have a poor self image
  • Feel uncomfortable taking part in group activities
Using combinations of amusing and unusual movements, positive imagery and social activities, the ActEi games in this book focus on reduce the impact of poor body awareness, and improve body schema (internal awareness the body), positive self image and vocabulary, knowledge of the body and confidence in using it, agility, physical skills and self esteem.
ActEi - Co-ordination & Laterality
Children with poor coordination or laterality may appear clumsy and look awkward when playing or running. They will generally find catching awkward and playing racket games difficult. In the classroom they often have poor handwriting and may read and write some of their numbers and letters back-to-front.
Children with poor co-ordination may:
  • Be unable to identify one dominant hand - ambidextrous but lacking skill
  • Have difficulties in coordinating their movements, 'two left feet'
  • Struggle to track the movement of a ball, especially when they have to catch it
  • Have to exert a lot of effort in their fine motor skills to achieve accuracy
  • Read or write with a book to one side of their body
  • Have problems with fine motor skills (writing, scissors, tying shoe laces)
  • Find hand-eye tracking difficult - writing and reading tasks will require a lot of effort
Using combinations of hand-eye, homolateral and cross lateral techniques, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce the impact of poor coordination, and improve left and right coordination, laterality, awareness of dominant and non-dominant hands, coordination of the whole body and fine motor skills.
ActEi - Visual Perceptual skills
Children whose visual system is not processing effectively can find striking and fielding games difficult have poor peripheral vision for invasion games. In class they can quickly tire during reading and writing, struggle to copy from the board, have poor visual memory and write words or letters back-to-front.
Children with poor visual perceptual skills may:
  • Rub their eyes frequently with near point visual activities like reading and writing
  • Blink or turn their head away when trying to catch a ball
  • Find it difficult to track the path of a ball
  • Struggle with left and right, up and down and spatial dynamics in general
  • Have trouble weaving between players in invasion games
  • Struggle copying from the board
  • Read a book very close their face
  • Space their letters and words haphazardly
  • Have poor visual memory
Using combinations of natural vision training, behavioural optometry and eye tacking techniques, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce the impact of visual perceptual skills, and improve eye tracking in all direction, depth and near point perception, peripheral vision, colour perception, memory, figure ground and visual closure.
ActEi - Calm & Relaxation
When children's stress and anxiety levels are high they will often perform poorly in tasks that they could do well at, find it hard to laugh at simple things, overreact to small criticisms, have a poor self image and may experience anxiety and mild depression.
Children who are stressed and anxious may:
  • Have a constant low level of anxiety that makes them slightly on edge
  • Have poor sleeping habits
  • Poorly perform in tasks that they could do well at
  • Find it hard to laugh at simple things
  • Become easily frustrated by seemingly small irritations
  • Experience a constant low mood that does not have highs
  • Experience the poles of happy and sad with little balance in-between
  • Have a poor self image
Using combinations of physical movement, deep relaxation techniques and positive imagery, the ActEi games in this book aim to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve an awareness of how feelings affect thoughts and physical actions. There are a range of techniques to manage emotions effectively, achieve greater self control, enhance positivity, happiness and sense of fun.
 
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ActEi - developing the whole child Complete set of 9 books
Support every child's sensory, physical and personal development with this complete set of ActEi books.
This resource helps you improve a wide range of areas including:
  • Body Awareness
  • Calm and Relaxation
  • Coordination& Fine Motor Skills
  • Muscle Tone and Core
  • Proprioception (spatial awareness)
  • Reflexes and gross motor skills
  • Tactile
  • Vestibular (balance)
  • Visual Processing
Buy the complete set at this price get one book free.
Not sure where to start? In three steps we can give you a recommended programme, and an insight into some of the underlying problems a child may be facing.
  • Sign in to our free resources and select ActEi,
  • Choose either the physical or classroom assessment and go through the questions
  • Based on your responses you get an indicator of the underlying difficulties, a recommendation and a free activity to get you started.
Free for parents and educators - resources, assessments,
support and strategies to help
every child achieve.
ActEi - developing the whole child

Practical and intellectually stimulating - the ActEi training sessions are a must for teachers, support staff and SENCOs

The one day inset training is a balanced mixture of practical activity sessions and classroom learning. During the active sessions everyone takes part in a range of games that are guaranteed to get you puffing and laughing. There are activities that show you how to evoke the imagination and express ideas creatively, and specialised techniques that challenge and progress physical abilities.

With ActEi training you will:
Expand your knowledge and understanding of children's physical and cognitive development and how to help them reach their potential.
Deliver inclusive PE sessions where all children can take part and everyone has an equal opportunity to develop their skills.
Master a new set of skills to easily identify children who have early signs of need for additional support in PE and in the classroom.
Deliver outstanding ActEi sessions where children will rapidly improve their physical, sensory processing and personal development skills.
Create differentiated sessions for children with SEN, support IEPS and target additional support for children recognised as having difficulties in PE.

 

I wish I knew all this before! Why didn't anyone tell me?
"These books are so clear and well presented and everything you've discussed makes so much sense, I wish I knew all this before! Why didn't anyone tell me? There are two things in my long career that I feel made total sense and could really make a difference, and this is one of them"
Feedback from an ActEi workshop at Bedfordshire SEN conference, 2011
Who Should Attend?

The one day course is available as a school Inset. It is a great day and we would highly recommend it to:

Foundation stage staff  
Primary class teachers delivering PE  
PE teachers in special schools
Secondary PE teachers supporting pupils with SEN
SENCOs and staff supporting statemented children
Support staff helping deliver PE lessons  
The organisation of the day:
Morning
Practical -
Introduction followed by demonstration of an ActEi session and participation in a cross section of the games and activities.
Theory - Using physical and sensory development to improve children's skill in PE and learning potential in the classroom
Break  
Theory - The role of movement in the development of the brain and nervous system
Practical - Participants working in groups delivering ActEi from the session plans included in the 9 books
Lunch
Afternoon
 
Theory - Using the assessments, tracking progress and integrating ActEi into IEPs
Practical - Putting it all together - ActEi sessions to improve performance in PE, additional support session for specific groups, mini sessions for the classroom and individual plans.
Theory - Summary

By the end of the training you will be able to easily assess and identify early signs of need for support, pick up a book and deliver outstanding sessions, skillfully create personalised and tailored sessions for individuals and groups, and have confidence in your skills and ability to really make a difference.

How do we get ourselves trained?

Whether you're a school, group or interested persons, we can easily organise workshops, presentations or a day training for you. Simply click the course enquiry button, fill in the details and we will get back to you with a price and availability. We will post national training dates and if you've signed up with us we will update on upcoming events.

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