Lets discuss Kinderkinetics
By CPL KINDERKINETICS
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.
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.
- 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.
- Poor body awareness.
- Poor balance.
- Poor hand-eye coordination.
- Uncoordinated compared to other children.
- Delay in milestone development.
- 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.