Children’s Program


PSIA-AASI Central Children’s Program

This is a multi-disciplinary program.


New for the 2019-2020 season!

The National Children’s Specialist 1 E-Learning course will be replacing the CS1 workbook. This course is now available on the LMS. (It is advised to take notes while completing the E-Learning module)

Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.

Cross Country Children’s Specialist 1 participants must complete the CS1 XC Workbook.

Please submit CS2 and Cross Country PDF or Handwritten Workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org or by postal mail to P.O Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635

For email workbook submissions, allow at least one business day after submission to register for the clinic. For postal mail, allow at least 5 business days after submission. Please note sending your workbook via the submissions email is highly recommended.


  • Prerequisite: PSIA-AASI Level 1 certification; Children Specialist 1 E-Learning Course

    Prerequisite: (XC CS1) If you are participating in the CS1 XC discipline Clinic; complete the CS1 XC workbook.

    Pathway to obtaining a CS1 
    • Are current on your National & Central Dues
    • Have attained a Level 1 certification or higher in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard, Cross Country or Telemark
    • Complete the Children Specialist 1 E-Learning Course Online on the LMS. (It is advised to take notes while completing the E-Learning module) 
      • Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
    • Register for the clinic.
    • Complete the 2-day On-Snow portion of the Children’s Specialist 1 clinic. 
    Required Materials:
    Recommended Materials:

    *For Snowboard specific Children’s clinics, The Fundamental Movements (Flex and Extension / Rotation) and Board Performance (Tilt, Twist, Pivot & Pressure) will be explored with fun applications for a children-specific clinic. Please see  “Snowboard Specific Movements” for more information.


    What: This clinic is an assessment‐based certificate program offered to PSIA/AASI certified instructors. The clinic will help you understand how children; think, feel about themselves, interact with others, and move as they grow and develop. You will see how this understanding can be creatively applied to Beginner/Novice into Intermediate Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it to the CS National Standard.

    Why: Children are the largest population we teach. Teaching children is a rewarding experience. It is about having fun with kids while providing a truly inspired safe, fun and educational experience. In this clinic, you will gain children specific developmental knowledge and learn instructor skills to enhance your education, experience, and expertise in teaching children snow sports.

    How: CS1 is a 2-day clinic; The clinic is designed around the concepts and knowledge gained by completing the Children’s Specialist 1 E-Learning course as well as reviewing the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition & the PSIA AASI Children’s Specialist National Standards. In the second part of the clinic, each participant will apply this knowledge to a specific age and stage of development. Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal and written feedback from the clinician throughout the clinic and at its end.

    *For a more detailed description and evaluation criteria download the PSIA‐AASI Children’s Specialist National Standard.

    CROSS COUNTRY: If you are participating in the CS1 XC discipline Clinic; complete the CS1 XC workbook.

    ***Please submit Cross Country Children Specialist handwritten Workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org or by postal mail to P.O Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635. For email workbook submissions, allow at least one business day after submission to register for the clinic. For postal mail, allow at least 5 business days after submission. Please note sending your workbook via the submissions email is highly recommended.

    Please contact the office at info@psia-c.org if you are unable to register 48 hours after your email workbook has been submitted for the on-snow clinic

  • Prerequisite: Children’s Specialist 1 (CS1 ) ** and possess PSIA-AASI Level II or III certifications.

    Pathway to obtaining a CS2 
    • Are current on your National & Central Dues
    • Have attained a Level 2 certification or higher in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard, Cross Country or Telemark
    • Submit the Children’s Specialist 2 Workbook* – You will need to bring a copy to your clinic (The workbook must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the clinic. Once the workbook is submitted you may register for the On-Snow clinic.) 
      • To download click here
    • Register for the clinic.
    • Complete the 2-day On-Snow portion of the Children’s Specialist 2 clinic. 
    • *Cross Country participants please note that there is no Workbook requirement for XC Children’s Specialist 2. 

     

    Required Materials:

    Recommended Materials:

     

    What: The clinic builds on your knowledge from CS1 with the focus placed on how children move. You will gain a deeper understanding of how and why children’s movements change as they grow and develop. You will apply this understanding to select and create appropriate learning activities to advance a child’s development in Beginner/Novice through Advanced Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it to the CS National Standard.

    Why: Great teachers understand the why and accurately assess abilities, determine the strengths and weakness of their student. Great teachers know how to target learning to improve a student’s skill level. In this clinic, you will learn what it takes to be a great children’s snowsports teacher and will be recognized as one.

    How: CS2 is a 2-day clinic with the pre-event requirement of a workbook. Participants will need a copy of the Children’s Instruction Manual, 2nd Edition and the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Movement Guide to complete the CS 2 Workbook.

    The workbook must be submitted at least 2 weeks ***prior to attending the clinic and must be submitted to the office before registering for the clinic.

    The clinic is designed around the concepts and knowledge gained by doing the workbook and will be reviewed and practiced, during the first part of the clinic. In the second part of the clinic, each participant will apply this knowledge to various age and stages of development. Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal and written feedback from the clinician throughout the clinic and at its end.

     

    Cross Country: Cross Country participants please note that there is no Workbook requirement for XC Children’s Specialist 2.

    ***Please submit Workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org or by postal mail to P.O Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635. For email workbook submissions, allow at least one business day after submission to register for the clinic. For postal mail, allow at least 5 business days after submission. Please note sending your workbook via the submissions email is highly recommended.

    Please contact the office at info@psia-c.org if you are unable to register 48 hours after your email workbook has been submitted for the on-snow clinic 

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