Kinetic Konnections April 2012: Music for the Core, Gifted Parenting Workshop May 22

A Note from Cara What a wonderful spring this year! We hope you are actively enjoying the outdoors. A quick update on some unusual ways improved stability is making differences in lives this spring: • New Drivers having the ability to sign their name on their new driver’s licenses. • Preschoolers not needing to wear ankle braces with their newly stable feet • Grade schoolers with stabilit

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Kinetic Konnections January 2012: iPad Apps for Communication & Organization Jan 22nd

A Note from Cara Happy New Year! So much work we’ve been doing over the winter break with such a variety of clients—so much fun! The winter brings different situations we are able to help. • Youth and HS athletes performing better after injuries • Writing and concentration help for our younger students • Skills to enable shoe tying handy for basketball or hockey foot wear changes • Sk

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Kinetic Konnections December 2011: What do iPads and Lollipops have in common?

A Note from Cara How fast the fall has flown, and we are nearly at year’s end. We are enjoying seeing clients for both sports and academic related skills this fall. We have much to share with and hope you will be able to take advantage of some of the opportunities. • Staff Announcements: A big welcome to Leslie Teng, Physical Therapist and Kinetic Bridging specialist. She is seeing clients i

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Relevant Science: Foot Reflex Pathways & the Lower Back

The findings of this recent study from the University of Alberta in Canada correlate with our observations at Kinetic Konnections. When the feet function well, the reflexes triggered by ground contact with walking or sitting end up triggering muscles further up in the body to stabilize. Another interesting insight from the research matches one of our key assessment points—the heel. We see poorl

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Apps Beyond Entertainment

If you’ve had an appointment recently, you have experienced some of the few apps I am using as a tool. And there are also a couple you may catch me playing from time to time. Angry Birds Ok, so it is the current most popular app game, and it is insanely addictive. The game is now available for both Apple and Android devices. Not only is the game fun and quick, it uses principles of physi

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Jordan Sadler Speaks on Social Smarts

Children and their parents can face a variety of challenges navigating from birth through adulthood. We know we should be watching to ensure our children meet their milestones for crawling, walking, fine motor skills and even speech and language. But are you aware that there are similar milestones for social skills? Jordan Sadler, a speech language pathologist, spoke to this issue at the N

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Exercise & Emotions

by Darcy Nee This time of year can trigger a bit of the “winter blues” for some people. The sun sets earlier, the temperature begins dropping and time spent outside begins to dwindle. Author Julia Ross, M.A., addresses this issue in her book “The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Rebalance Your Emotional Chemistry and Rediscover Your Natural Sense of Well-Being.” Ross talks about the cause

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Executive Function

Does your child have trouble planning, prioritizing, and organizing information? Well, if he or she does, you may want to put Michael Gladstein’s phone number on speed dial. Gladstein, a school psychologist, special education teacher and educational consultant, specializes in working with elementary to colleged-aged students with Executive Function skills. Michael first conducts a series of psyc

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Exercise & Cognition

by Darcy Nee Have you ever had anyone tell you to go for a walk to clear your head when you were feeling overwhelmed? Well, they were not just saying that to get you of the room. There is an actual reason for that. According to studies, exercise does provide you with the ability to think clearer and reason better. So when you come back from that walk, you feel more refreshed and ready to resume y

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Tummy Time & Handwriting

[image url="http://kinetic.dev.tilpropreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/200909-baby.jpg" alignment="left" margin_left="0" margin_right="10" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="10" width="200" height="150"]Often, we don't think about how much work is involved in handwriting. However, handwriting is more than grasping an object and scribbling. Although a baby's ability to grasp establishes a developme

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