Laban Propst is a pediatric exercise physiologist who earned a Master’s of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the creator of the Building Blocks program and has over 15 years of experience working with children. While pursuing his Master’s degree, Laban uniquely focused on how exercise and motor development activities could be used to improve children’s development and overall health status. He has also earned two Bachelor degrees, one in Physical Education and another in Exercise and Sport Science.
Laban has developed and implemented programs for children at all developmental levels. In collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Psychology department, he implemented his Building Blocks program for children on the Autism Spectrum as part of their widely recognized DREAM Camp. He has also developed training programs and activity guidelines for teachers and childcare providers. Most recently, Laban designed developmentally appropriate activities for Cherokee Health Systems’ Project Diabetes grant in Knoxville, TN. Laban’s passion is working with any child who can benefit from his experience and expertise.
Laban continues to develop his Building Blocks program and has expanded its services to the field of therapy. Where traditional therapy methods may fail, Laban uses exercise (exercise therapy) and motor development activities to help children with disabilities. While in NC he implemented Building Blocks for children with severe cognitive, physical, and/or medical disabilities at Gateway Education Center. Often children who participated in the Building Blocks program improved much quicker and improved skills or function at a higher level than expected from traditional therapy.
Laban’s mission in life is to improve the health and development of children and implement a new and exciting way to provide therapeutic services for disabled children. From providing a superior physical education program to helping a disabled child improve development across multiple domains, Laban continues to help children every day.