Training Courses & FAQs
If you are a physiotherapist or OT wanting to complete a PhysiFun Course and become an accredited Physifun Trained therapist, you have two options for training:
- You can attend an SASP (South African Society for Physiotherapists) – hosted CPD course, or via webinar at specific dates in the year (please contact your local SASP paeds or sports representative for further information) or contact the chairman of the Paediatric SIG (paediatrics
- You can contact Tracy Prowse (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding doing your own self study course (this is not CPD accredited) via online training.
If you are a charity, teacher or a coach wanting to go on a Physifun course, you will need to be associated with a school, so that we can put the charity/schools’ name on the website. You may not use the Physifun branding for personal use or personal marketing or to run your own personal Physifun classes outside of your school setting- ONLY trained healthcare professionals can run Physifun classes and charge for them. The school/charity is however allowed to use the brand and logo if the name of the school/charity appears on our website. Please contact your local therapist (look under the Contact page for your local therapist) regarding receiving Physifun training or contact Tracy on email@example.com. All therapists have been trained to run evidence based training courses for school teachers, crèche teachers and sports coaches.
What workshops and courses does PhysiFun offer?
PhysiFun Body & Mind Programme: Phys-ical Fun-adamentals & Mindfulness in the classroom and school
6 hour teacher, Early Childhood Development facilitator, PE, sports coach, (physio and OT workshop is separate training). Teachers can use the Physifun ethos of tips, strategies and exercises as part of their school day for movement, attention and sensory breaks or as an extra mural activity. Therapists can run their own exercise classes, as well as offer training to their local schools.
Physifit Developing Sporty Kids
6 hour teacher, PE and sports coach, (physio workshop is separate training). Teachers and coaches can use the exercise programme as part of the sports curriculum to prevent injury. (ages 8 to 18 years). Therapists can run their own exercise classes, as well as offer training to their local schools.
Learning with the Body & Mind
1 hour lecture for all teachers of all primary school children. Understanding how integration of the body and the mind are essential for a child to learn.
Helping your child get ready for gr 1
45 minute talk for parents & caregivers of children ages gr000 – gr1
Developing Sporty Kids
45 minute Physifit talk for parents – (gr 2 -7)
Posture, Core Control, Handwriting, Fidgeting and Sport- how are they all related?
1 hour parent forum talk for parents of all children ages 3 to 13 years on the Long Term Athlete Development Framework, as well as movement and learning
Please contact Tracy Prowse (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your local Physifun therapist (see on Contact Page) if you are interested in attending a course or completing the course online
How is PhysiFun’s training delivered?
PhysiFun has designed several training methods to suit your schools and teachers’ busy schedules.
Individual teachers or a small group of teachers from a variety of schools can attend the 6 hour workshops at a centralized location. Please contact your local Physifun trained therapist to arrange training at your local school or contact Tracy on email@example.com
School Based Training:
This training is designed for schools wanting to train their own teachers and coaches at their own schools. Please contact your local Physifun trained therapist to arrange training at your local school or contact Tracy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers are given information regarding the early development of a child’s fine and gross motor skills, postural & core muscle strength and how this impacts the child’s ability to learn to write, concentrate and learn in a formal classroom setting. The emphasis of this lecture is to provide easy-to-use low cost ideas to the teacher so that they can facilitate the self motivated desire of the child to develop their own skills in a playful learning environment.
Online Training for HPCSA registered Physios and OTs:
Therapists are given the opportunity to attend a Physifun workshop via webinar. The various courses are presented online, allowing delegates who may be located remotely or who were not able to attend to make other courses during the year. It is essential that you have the following:
– A desktop or laptop computer, or tablet.
– A Dropbox account
HPCSA registered Physios and OT’s:
PhysiFun hosts the following courses for Physios and OT’s:
- Physiball 6 hour workshops for HPCSA registered OT’s and Physios (6 CEU’s)as well as
- Physifit 6 hour workshops for HPCSA registered Physios (6 CEU’s)
- Physiball and Physifit Weekend PhysiFun courses for HPCSA registered (13 CEU’s)
Online Self Study The theory of this training is available as online self study with an 80% pass mark required in order to attend the practical training. Contact Tracy on email@example.com if you would like further information. You will need a Dropbox account if you would like to do the online training.
Which therapists can attend a Physifun course?
Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists
What is their scope of practice?
Therapists who have completed either Physiball or Physifit are not employed or contracted to Physifun.
Therapists will be able to use the Physiball exercise programme as a tool to use in the practices with children who are receiving 1 to 1 or group therapy.
With respect to school based classes – this is an agreement with the school and the therapist will promote themselves as a physiotherapist or OT able to deliver Physifun exercise classes or provide Physifun training.
What are the HPCSA’s regulations?
The restrictions and regulations regarding their own promotion of these classes are based on the Ethical rules and regulations from the HPCSA and therapists need to familiarise themselves with the ethical rules regarding associating themselves with businesses, franchises or other such commercial entities. Physifun is not a business or a franchise and the undertakings of the therapist when running Physifun classes is completely under their own practice banner.
“The HPCSA holds the view that all health care professionals should at all times act in the best interest of the patient and place the clinical needs of the patient paramount. To this end, a health care professional should always try to avoid potential conflict of interests and maintain professional autonomy, independence and commitment to the appropriate professional and ethical norms.” To this end, therapists using the Physifun exercise programme should see it as another “tool in their toolkit”, as one would if they were running a Pilates class or a Back Rehab class or a Falls Prevention class.
What can therapist charge to run the classes at schools or in their practice?
Physifun recommends using either rehab code 72505 or 72308.
Therapists need to decide which code to use according to the amount of children in a class and their hourly rate as a physiotherapist. (This is addressed in Physifun’s Ethics lecture).
Physifun recommends using the 72308 code which is the general group exercises code . In this case a therapist would be running a general Physifun exercise class for up to 10 children with no underlying pathology. If you are not charging through medical aid then there is no limit as to how many children are in your group.
The code 72505, says that specialist equipment and venue is required This could be interpreted that one would use this code when conducting a group class for children with ADHD or DCD, for example. It would be difficult to have more than 5 or 6 children in a class due to this underlying pathology, therefore, you could justify using the 72505 code.
“72505: Group rehabilitation. Treatment of a patient with disabling pathology in an appropriate facility requiring specific equipment and supervision, without individual attention for the whole treatment session. No charge may be levied for the venue. “
“72308: Group classes. Not more than 10 in a group.”
What are Physifun Cue Cards?
Physifit and Physiball colour cue cards are photographic representations of the exercises in the Physiball and Physfit gross motor programmes. They have written descriptions on each card of the exercise. They are a useful reference when planning which exercises to use for the exercise classes and helpful for the children as a visual reminder for the exercise they have to complete. All Physifun trained therapists can have access to the digital cue cards after they have completed training (via Dropbox).
What is in the Physiball digital folder?
The Physiball digital folder contains the following information:
- Physiball Movement and Learning Digital Workshop
- Physiball Digital Notes to accompany workshop
- Physiball Exercise Cue cards
- Physiball Exercise manual
- Physiball Exercise Class Structures
- Physiball Community Cue cards (using little or no equipment)
- All Physifun pre participation checklists and teachers’ checklists to identify children who might have movement, postural and handwriting difficulties.
- Assembly Presentation
- Parent talk – Movement and Learning
What is in the Physifit digital folder?
The Physifit digital folder contains the following information:
- Physifit Exercise Cue cards
- Physifit Exercise manual
- ABC (Agility, Balance, Coordination) Exercise Cue cards (for children with these kind of difficulties)
- ABC Exercise manual
- Physifit Developing Sporty Kids in Schools Digital Workshop
- Physifit Developing Sporty Kids in Schools Digital Notes to accompany workshop
- General Parent forum lecture “Posture, core stability, handwriting, fidgeting & Sport-are they all related”.
- Pre-Participation Evaluation Physical Examination Form- also freely available from AAP website
Who can have access to these digital folders?
Any HPCSA registered physiotherapist or OT who has attended a Physifun course and has been accredited as Phsyifun trained therapist. You may not share this digital information with teachers or schools unless you are going to provide face-to-face training to the school AND you have let Tracy know the name of the school (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What do teachers receive on the course?
- Arrangements need to be made with your Physifun trained physio or OT who is going to provide you with the training. They can provide you with Printed or digital theory (theory behind the programmes)
- Printed (costs/printing to be arranged with your trainer) or digital practical manuals (Gross motor programmes)
- A subscription to PhysiFun’s monthly newsletter with interesting facts, tips for running the exercise programmes and tips for parents. You will need to do this via our website after completion of your course.
The training cost depends on what workshop you wish to attend and how you wish to receive the training (e.g. centralized, school based, community based, self study) and the hourly rate and expenses of the therapist who is providing the training.
Please contact Tracy for pricing on online training