Coaching Young Athletes Through Sensitive Periods

Children's Fitness, Judo

In the Montessori system, the term “sensitive period” refers to a certain time in a child’s life in which they are more receptive to some types of learning than others. In fitness, especially for children, there are also physical sensitive periods, although I have found they tend to be shorter than mental areas.



Language and Behavior

The sensitive period for language acquisition is at about two to three years old. Children under the age of three find learning languages infinitely easier than an older child or adult. Their mental pathways for language are not as calcified as older students. At around age four, the child’s viewpoint of language becomes more restricted. At this point in development, their mental mindset shifts from simply receiving information to putting pieces of information together in words and figuring out how to communicate.


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