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Bal-A-Vis-X: rhythmic Balance/Auditory/VISion eXercises

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Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (RSSAA) Lower School

2775 Newport Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of BALance/Auditory/VISion exercises, of varied complexity, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Exercises are done with sand-filled bags and racquetballs, sometimes while standing on a balance board.

This class is helpful for occupational therapists and OTAs, physical therapists and PTAs, teachers, social workers, recreational therapists, parents, and/or seniors. People who will benefit from this program include people with learning disabilities, TBI, neurological, orthopedic, pediatric and geriatric challenges.

In distilled essence, Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) enables the whole mind-body system to experience the natural symmetrical flow of a pendulum. BAVX requires focused attention, demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching. It is school friendly and just plain fun.

The movements can be done by non-athletes, athletes, physically challenged, children, and seniors. Improvement is noted in nuances of sound, academic success, visual form perception, and ocular tracking. Behaviorally disordered, attention deficit, learning challenged individuals note that congnitive integration and attention span increasses and impulsivity decreases.

Gifted and "regular" students note academic improvement with decreases in stress headaches. Orthopedic patients improve posture, strength and coordination. Athletes report higher batting averages and better ball handling skills. Challenged students are noted to have improved balance, coordination and speech. For all - confidence, self-esteem, and learning retention are enhanced.

This is a Level A (17-hour) training. It covers the foundational and adaptive exercises, including the principles, rhythms, patterns, and procedures of the first 175+ foundation exercises, plus modifications of the basic exercises for the very young, elderly, people with other physical challenges, and a vision tracking assessment procedure.


What are the hours of the training?

Friday, August 4, from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Saturday, August 5, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Sunday, August 6, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This workshop is for people 18 years and up, but we do have 2 slots for students 12 years of age and older if they are serious about wanting to learn the program and wanting to actively participate.

What is the registration fee to attend?

The early bird fee for the 17-hour course is $260, which includes the "Illustrated Bal-A-Vis-X" manual. After July 15, the fee goes up to $280.00. The two slots for children are half price.

There is an option to take only the first two days of the course ( half class). The earlybird rate for the half class (12 hours) is $195 if registered by July 15, and includes the "Illustrated Bal-A-Vis-X" manual. After July 15, the fee goes up to $205.00. Children would be half price (two slots available).

Repeaters are half price.

Supplies (balls, sandbags, tracking balls, other books, DVDs, and balance boards) will be available for purchase on site.

Who are the instructors?

Katy Held and MaryAnn Short, who were both sanctioned by Bill Hubert, the originator of Bal-A-Vis-X, to teach BAVX in 2008. Katy and MaryAnn have attended and/or hosted all levels of Bal-A-Vis-X trainings at least 23 times each. Katy has been an Educational Kinesiologist since 2004. MaryAnn is a retired (30yrs) PE/Health & Classroom teacher as well as College Professor at GVSU. Katy and MaryAnn have both used Bal-A-Vis-X regularly with students of all ages. They have co-taught Bal-A-Vis-X courses in Arizona (ArizOTA Convention), Chicago, Indiana, Kentucky, and Clinton Township, MI (Macomb ISD 2016 and MASPOT March 2017).

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Katy Held at 734-649-7457 (text or call), or katy@learningheart.com.

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