|Uniting AEA’s IAFC with ATRI’s Symposium, the International Aquatic Fitness & Therapy Conference allows you to customize the week of training to suit your needs – therapy, fitness, or both. Here is a highlight of one of the fitness-focused sessions being offered at IAFTC 2023 in Orlando, Florida (April 30-May 5) from Author Ian Levia.
|Cueing is a teaching technique used to inform or prompt a student to perform a desired skill or behavior. It is most often used as a way of helping a student complete a skill or task independently. Appropriate methods of cueing include the following:
Verbal Cueing is the most used method and involves the instructor verbally describing the desired movements or positions to the student.
Visual Cueing involves the instructor demonstrating the desired movements or positions or other cues received visually
Kinesthetic Cueing involves the instructor physically manipulating the student’s body to help them achieve the desired movements or positions.
Tactile Cueing involves the instructor placing their hands directly on the student’s body to help guide them into the desired movements or positions.
Proprioceptive Cueing involves the instructor applying “appropriate pressure” to the student’s body to help them find the desired movements or positions. This type of cueing is very effective in helping the student develop body awareness.
Effective cueing enables and ensures that the intended message is not only delivered but also received. It’s important to note that simply receiving the information is not enough! The delivery method will determine how the information is received, the student’s reaction, and the retention of the information for future recall. When cueing is effective, it:
· Creates a safe and enjoyable learning environment.
· Allows the instructor to provide precise guidance to each participant.
· Helps to create an atmosphere of unity and community within the class.
· Challenges participants and push them to the next level.
· Creates a mental connection between participants and the instructor.
What are some mistakes Instructors make when cueing? The passing of information from the instructor to the students can be considered sacred from a philosophical point of view. Not only does the instructor provide safety, correct technique, and motivation, but they are also passing on a collective set of tools that the clients will rely on for future use. The instructor shapes the student mentally and physically for what/who they will ultimately become. Don’t think for a minute that what happens in the class stays in the class. Common cueing mistakes include:
· Not providing enough details.
· Not being aware of the student’s level of experience.
· Not giving cues consistently.
· Not using positive reinforcement.
· Not being patient.
How do we make cueing more efficient and effective? The answer can be very simple or complex, as cueing isn’t a one size fits all option. Your appreciation of the importance of cueing and the parameters influencing its delivery will determine which is for you. Here is where you begin!
· Have a clear understand of what is cueing.
· Understand that there are varied methods of cueing.
· Know when cueing is effective what will be the outcomes.
· Be aware of and avoid the common mistakes made when cueing.
· Vary the intensity of the cueing by using different levels of energy.
AUTHOR Ian Levia is one of AEA’s amazing IAFTC 2023 Presenters. Find out more about Ian and the sessions he is offering here.