Kinderkinetics Explained

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Kinderkinetics is often mistaken for just good old Physical Education, but in fact it is much more than that. A Kinderkineticist is a trained and qualified therapist that works with a variety of children, in a variety of settings to help develop and encourage gross motor specific skills and perceptual motor skills.

KINDER refers to children and KINETICS refers to movement, therefore Kinderkinetics = child movement.

To qualify to become a Kinderkineticist one must first complete an undergraduate degree in Sport Science then be selected into the Honours programme. After completion of your honours, a Kinderkineticist will then registered with SAPIK the South African Professional Institute for Kinderkinetics.

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Benefits of a Kinderkinetics Programme:

Kinderkinetics programmes are designed for children to learn through play and movement. The structured programmes aim to:

  • Enhance brain development.
  • Help children to reach their movement milestones.
  • Enhance academic learning experiences.
  • Promote physical activity.
  • Develop fundamental movement skills.
  • Develop sport specific skills.
  • A break from technology.
  • Encourage an active lifestyle.

How do you know if your child will benefit from a Kinderkinetics programme?

Kinderkinetics is a programme both for typically developing children as well as children with special needs. Children who require extra stimulation as well as children with motor movement difficulties will benefit from such a programme.

If your child does any of the things listed below, they may benefit from the Kinderkinetics programme.

  • Rests head on hand when at a desk.
  • Too much/little pressure when writing.
  • Avoids the jungle gym/playground.
  • Struggles to eye-track when reading.
  • Low muscle tone.
  • Letter reversal.
  • Struggles to differentiate between left & right side of body.
  • Difficulty copying off the board.
  • Daydreaming.
  • Poor attention skills.
  • Seems to be wary of motor movement.
  • Plays rough on the playground and with other children.
  • Withdraws themselves from playing with other children.
  • Struggles to follow instructions in correct order.
  • Needs to stimulate academic learning in a fun and different way.
  • Slouches in chairs.
  • Clumsiness.
  • Poor body awareness.
  • Poor balance.
  • Poor hand-eye coordination.
  • Uncoordinated compared to other children.
  • Delay in milestone development.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Anxiety when he/she has to execute skills in the presence of others.
  • Does not like sport & active recreation.
  • Gets easily frustrated with motor tasks.
  • Displays extra body movements that are unnecessary to the movement pattern.
  • Spends more time on technology than playing outdoors.

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