Date:June 03, 2016

Academic success

Movement Transitions for Learning

 

When all the advice for executive function, reading, anxiety, and behavioral transitions work for others, yet you are still searching…we offer a different perspective.

 

In addition to professional experience with many aspects of gaps in child development, our team has personal experience in our own families with:

  • Advocate for child including alternative school environments
  • IEP process
  • Anxiety- school and social
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental asynchrony, gifted, 2e, perfectionism, homework refusal
  • Regulation challenges—eating, sleeping, calming
  • Confidence in recreational pursuits—sports, fine arts, performing arts
  • Processing- visual, auditory, general speed

 

Success in academics
There are several key transitions in the learning process—learning to read, reading to learn, and making inferences from reading. We find gaps in these academic skills mirrored in subtle gaps of movement transition.

 

  • Reading is a complex set of motor skills requiring a stable body to allow the eyes to function easily and appropriately.
  • Abstract reasoning used in math and reading synthesis relate directly to infant development at age 4-5 months—development of the visual memory called object permanence.
  • Spatial processing and internal sense of time have their root in visual-motor skills associated with crawling.

We help quickly catch-up by restoring gaps in the associated micro-movement fundamentals supporting the integration of visual function and the body needed for reading, visual memory, and fine motor skills. The added bonus is social and recreational skills improve too!

The road to independence

From middle school student to high school student to college student to independence—every parent’s hope and dream for their child! The second most dynamic period of physical and cognitive maturation is the teen years. Rapid physical growth often leads to anxiety and growing pains. The teen years are often a period we find new gaps in essential movement transitions because growth has changed the physics of the body. Anxiety, posture, coordination, social confidence, and organization are just a few of the most common areas which improve as we re-balance and refine movement skills.

What do we do?
We assess very basic age-appropriate micro-movements to observe if they are developed, symmetrical, and sequencing correctly. When we find gaps we use Kinetic Bridging® stretches to restore the missing relationships. The movement of daily routines and activities reinforce all the new relationships so there is no home program required.

 

How we work together

  • Initial baseline session: We review a detailed history and assess fundamental core coordination and visual-motor skills.
  • Subsequent follow-up appointments: Often 6 weeks to 12 weeks apart, follow-up sessions support continued progress with increasingly complex developmental milestones. Most children improve significantly with 3-5 sessions.
  • Traveling from a distance? We will develop a custom scheduling plan to optimize progress relative to your travel schedule.

 

Why don’t children catch up on their own?
Transitions are essential for children as they mature. Transitions can be academic, social, and/or recreational, and there are many reasons for them to go awry. We find underlying motor skills and visual/auditory integration were sufficient for less complex demands, but hidden gaps hinder needs for increased complexity. Often these students become disenchanted with school or begin needing extra support such as, tutors and less demanding course levels—supports or work-arounds, not remedies. By restoring associated micro-movement gaps students close these gaps and get back on track.

 

Insurance Coverage: Insurance does not usually cover Kinetic Konnections® services. Our clients find our services to be an economical option when they have limited insurance coverage, or when they need a ‘boost to achieve progress goals in other therapies.