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BodyWorx: A New Summer Camp Experience at Laurier


Offered in partnership with the Department of 
Kinesiology and Physical Education at Laurier, BodyWorx invites your children to move, think and learn with an all-new summer camp experience! Children will participate in research-based, high-activity programming, all while making new friends and learning how their unique minds and bodies develop. 

Summer 2015 Registration

BodyWorx: A New Summer Camp Experience at Laurier - REGISTER HERE.

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BodyWorx 2015 Program Information

Week 1: July 20 - 24 | $150 per child

Week 2: July 27 - 31 | $150 per child  |  Week 2 is exclusively for children with developmental and/or physical delays. Programming, activities and research will be specialized to meet the needs of this group.

Camp Times: 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: Waterloo campus

Eligible Age Groups (age at time of camp duration)

Group A: 5 - 6 years

Group B: 7 - 8 years

Group C: 9 - 11 years 

Additional Supervision Available

Mornings (8 - 8:45 a.m.) OR Afternoons (4 - 5 p.m.) | $25 per child

Mornings (8 - 8:45 a.m.) AND Afternoons (4 - 5 p.m.) | $40 per child

What are this year's studies?

• Motor planning in a cup manipulation task: Reaching and grasping
Sara Scharoun, PhD student, under supervision of Dr. Pam Bryden
As a participant, your child will be asked to reach for and grasp a cup with both hands in four different contexts: (1) demonstrating the action while imagining the cup is present; (2) demonstrating the action while observing an image of the cup; (3) demonstrating the action while observing the cup; and (4) actually grasping the cup.

• Investigating reach-to-grasp movements across the lifespan: Do object perception and joint interaction influence motor planning and control?
Sara Scharoun, PhD student, under supervision of Dr. Pam Bryden
Your child is invited to participate in a study interested in how children plan and control reach-to-grasp movements when acting independently and passing objects to another person. Your child will be asked to pick-up and pass a 'real' object (hammer or cup), a 'pretend object' (piece of wood) as if it were a hammer or cup, and while imagining an object is present.

Assessment of the Kinematics of Children’s Reach to Grasp Movement During Cooperative and Competitive Tasks
Emma Hubbard, Research Assistant, under supervision of Dr. Pam Bryden
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of different forms of social interaction on the kinematics of children’s reach-to-grasp movement. Your child will be seated at a table and asked to pick up and grasp a block, then place the block in the centre of the table, under conditions of cooperation and competition with the experimenter.

Right and Left Hand Performance on a Tablet Tracing Task
Ethan Loft, Research Assistant, under supervision of Dr. Pam Bryden
In this study, your child will trace a maze outline on a tablet with their right and left hands, in both directions of away and toward the body. The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not children demonstrate greater accuracy and faster speed during inward reaching movements or outward reaching movements, as do young adults.

The 2D:4D Ratio in Children
Helen Protopapas, MSc student, supervised by Dr. Pam Bryden
Studies have shown that there is a relationship between finger length and the hand used for writing. Part of this difference in finger length may be due to prenatal testosterone levels. We are trying to determine if there is a correlation between the length of the index finger and ring finger and overall hand dominance in children and whether it may differ between genders.

2D:4D Ratio and Hand Performance
Gordon Young, supervised by Dr. Pam Bryden
This study will be looking at differences in performance of the right and left hand, as well as the size ratio of each hand. For differences in hand performance, participants will get the opportunity to complete the small and large grooved pegboard task. The grooved pegboard task requires placing pegs in their oriented holes, and removing them as fast as they can. For the size ratio of each hand, the length of the pointer and ring finger will be measured. This is called the 2D:4D ratio, a unique ratio different between males and females. We will be looking at differences in gender as well as across the lifespan.

About the BodyWorx Staff

The staff from Laurier's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education will be running BodyWorx this year. These people are highly trained, qualified individuals who have all had education and experience working with children. 

During Week 2, we will be providing 1:1 volunteer support to campers. 

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

  • please note that cancellation of your program anytime prior to Friday, May 30, 2015 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee (of the program fee)
  • there will be no refund available for cancellations received after May 30, 2015
  • notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to Continuing Studies in-person, by mail, or by email

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