Tummy Time & Grasp

As parents, we hear the importance of providing your newborn with tummy time from your pediatrician or healthcare provider. Tummy time helps develop core strength and coordination. Well, we also are finding that tummy time is pivotal in the development of the fingers and stability in the hand within the first six weeks of life. There are various development stages of the hand for a newborn. First

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Connecting Music & Movement

Unless you've played a musical instrument you may not realize the level of coordination and postural control required by great musicians. We have had the pleasure of working with many budding musicians at Kinetic Konnections and thought that sharing their experiences might help you regard musical skills in a different light. Parents travel from all destinations to visit Kinetic Konnections and th

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Helpful Parenting Resources

Since we last assembled a resource list we have discovered some terrific additions. The following are directed toward understanding the relationships between learning and movement, as well as understanding brain/cognitive function. We have found these resources to be extremely insightful in varying degrees of technical detail and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy! "The Mislabeled Child

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Art & Fencing

By Darcy Nee With spring just around the corner, there are some decisions parents and children will be making this month to ensure an enriched and entertaining summer. One of these decisions stems from the question, "What activities are available for my child this year?" or rather something like "What would my child like to do this summer that will be beneficial for him or her?" Many of the Kine

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Parent Educational Advocacy

By Darcy Nee In recent months, we have heard from several Kinetic Konnection's parents about the challenges they face when dealing with school-related needs for their children. For many parents, the ability to understand an IEP, a 504 Plan or Triennial Review can be daunting. However, there are local resources parents or guardians can tap to help them become informed advocates for their children'

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The Wii for Kids-at-Heart

By Darcy Nee Not only are children becoming obsessed with the Nintendo Wii and its plethora of video games, including the Wii Fit program, but also their parents, the medical field and older adults. Cara Lindell, Kinetic Konnections' founder, purchased the Nintendo Wii and the Wii Fit program for her two sons last fall. She observed her boys, ages 12 and 17, enjoy the interactive video games, an

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The Wii, Kids & Learning

By Darcy Nee As we have seen at Kinetic Konnections®, a well-functioning body contributes to a well-functioning mind. When the body is able to function efficiently, without compensation, it allows for more energy – physical or cognitive – to do other activities, whether that is in a specific sport, to concentrate, or to write more efficiently. The Wii Fit program with its 40 different activi

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The Wii, Kids & Fitness

By Darcy Nee With the holidays just around the corner, you may already be listening to your child asking about possible gifts. Or, maybe you're in search of a quality gift for the kids this holiday season: one that will encourage kids to move, improve their coordination and balance. According to a few of our Kinetic Konnection parents and children, several of the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit video ga

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Learning & Sensory Processing: Insights from Marlo Payne

Marlo Payne Thurman, M.S., nationally recognized educational consultant, is well known for her work in both public and private schools, and has served in a variety of learning and mental health centers. She founded the Brideun Learning Communities and The Center for Education Enrichment, a private educational consulting company specializing in meeting the needs of out-of-sync learner and Twice Exc

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Emerson’s Coordination & Speech

[image url="http://kinetic.dev.tilpropreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/emerson.jpg" alignment="left" margin_left="0" margin_right="10" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="10" width="200" height="131"]Meet Emerson, a 4 ½ year-old with an autistic spectrum disorder called PDD-NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Emerson had significant problems with communication and play, a

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