child doesn't seem to acquire the skills as fast other skaters in
his/her group class. What can I do to help him/her catch up with the
Does your child regularly attend the group classes and practice 2-4 times each week?
Acquiring physical skills depends on the receptiveness of the skater to focus on the instructions during class and to retain that information to implement the concepts at self directed practice sessions.
Have you purchased a pair of skates that fit properly for your child? Having their own skates provides pride and develops responsibility for their care. It is very important that the blades be properly maintained so the edges are sharp and not nicked or rusted.
What kind of work habits does your child have when they practice? Not all children can focus their attention for extended periods of time and they become easily distracted without constant supervision.
Have you spoken to the instructor and determined if your child is easily distracted during the class? He/she may have a hearing or vision problem that has not been detected.
If you child is bored, he/she might respond to a 15-minute private lesson that both challenges and provides positive reinforcement that excites the learner.
Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.
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