Inclusive Physical Literacy Approaches for People with Disabilities

Date: 3rd August 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 13:00pm AEST
Cost: Free
Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Barnett, Deakin University
Location: Online via Zoom Webinar

Join ASPA’s Physical Literacy Special Interest Group for a webinar featuring presentations from:

Ben Hall

Paediatric Exercise Physiologist and Director, Ocean Kids Health

Bio: Ben is a passionate and dedicated Paediatric Exercise Physiologist and Director of Ocean Kids Health. With a strong commitment to working with children, he strives to help them achieve their goals while creating a fun and engaging environment. Ben holds a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology from ACU, complementing his Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science.

Driven by his love for Paediatrics, Ben pursued additional studies at the University of Melbourne, completing the Rehabilitation for Paediatrics subjects. Prior to joining Ocean Kids Health, he gained valuable experience working as an Allied Health Assistant at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  Ben also has over 5 years of experience as a swimming instructor and has dedicated over a decade as a volunteer in surf lifesaving, demonstrating his commitment to the well-being of young individuals.

Within his role at Ocean Kids Health, Ben specialises in evidence-based physical therapy for children with motor delays, movement difficulties, and injuries. He works closely with children and their families, utilising his expertise to enhance their movement and play skills. Ben’s approach promotes physical literacy, empowering children to thrive and excel in their physical abilities. With his compassionate and dedicated support, children are empowered to reach their full potential.

Dr. Laura St. John

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Bio: Dr. Laura St. John is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She earned her PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Toronto, where they conducted research supervised by John Cairney. Her dissertation focused on measuring physical literacy in individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Her research focuses on understanding the health and well-being of individuals with ID, with a particular focus on females with IDD. Currently, Dr. St. John is exploring the interplay between physical activity, physical literacy, mental health, and reproductive health in females with IDD. Dr. St. John is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through her research and ongoing advocacy.

Twitter Handle: @laurarstjohn

Sean Douglas

Program Manager, Schools + Youth, Special Olympics Australia

Bio: Sean has worked in grassroots and inclusive sport for over 10 years at Sport Australia and now at Special Olympics Australia, where his focus is on improving the physical literacy of people with intellectual disability.

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