Ignite! Prototype Academy
The Ignite! Prototype Academy is an enrichment program designed for school-aged students. The philosophy behind the program is that we can use exercise to optimize the emotional, physiological, behavioral, and hormonal benefits of purposeful movement. Movement has been shown to improve brain chemistry and develop many foundational skills essential to learning. The programming is designed to prepare students for academic success by using subject-specific movements, focus drills, goal-setting, and organized practice. Students participate in the program in a realistic setting as they develop skills essential to learning.
Who is this program for?
Ignite! Prototype Academy is for school-aged students of all ability levels. Cognitive, academic, and learning tasks are integrated into individual or small group setting. Some students who take part in the Ignite! Prototype Academy have learning disabilities or struggle with learning; however the program is designed to be personally beneficial for students at all levels. Whether your child struggles with attention or behavior, Ignite! Prototype Academy is for them!
What does a typical Ignite! Prototype Academy session entail?
Sessions begin with warm-ups to raise the heart rate and establish the environment. Students then participate in developmental movement programs to correct alignment as a basis for good posture, improve coordination, and use natural movements presented in a developmental sequence. Students then work with coaches to set goals and intentions for the session. Coaches also help the students to identify “bright spots,” or positive connections to the experience. Students then have the opportunity to practice skills that they have been working on. Next, they participate in a “Workout of the Day,” or WOD. This includes focus drills and a “just right” challenge that is equal to a student’s skill level. This also includes an academic or cognitive aspect. Finally, coaches lead students in a casual self-evaluation of the session.
What are the projected long-term benefits of participating in the Ignite! Prototype Academy?
The Ignite! Prototype Academy designs programming to aid students in developing self esteem and self-awareness. Students engage in activities to strengthen their ability to identify times of engagement and stress, self-regulate, and take corrective action as needed. Sessions are aimed to help students improve concentration, memory, coordination, organization, and social communication.
Who are Ignite! Prototype Academy coaches?
The coaches in the program have the experience and background knowledge to work with students who face a variety of learning challenges. They focus on helping students learn how to move past triggers and they respond to students to match the task to an ideal learning state. The coaches work with students to establish routines and mantras to manage internal regulation. At the Ignite! Prototype Academy, our coaches have been selected based on their experience and background knowledge in working with students who face learning challenges.