Occupational therapy seeks to ensure optimal functioning in all aspects of a person’s life. Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on early childhood development disorders to improve children’s independence with daily tasks such as dressing, grooming, mealtimes, hygiene and other household and school activities.
Sensory Integration and Processing Therapy is used to teach children to experience the seven senses (see, hear, feel, taste, smell, move and feel the position of joints). Individuals must be able to process these senses in order to appropriately respond. These types of therapy promote a child’s ability to efficiently and effectively accept, organize and respond to information. When this is accomplished, students are better prepared physically, socially and academically for school.
Participating in one of the CoordiKids programs should lead to improvements in the following:
- ability to sit still
- awareness of surrounding space
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills
- enjoyment of movement activities
- emotional maturation
CoordiKids exercises were designed to do 5 times/week, followed by two days of rest. The exercises can be done in just fifteen minutes each day.
Because CoordiKids delivers therapy in short, frequent bursts, children tend to enjoy the programs and remain engaged. With new exercises delivered before previous ones become boring, the program is always fresh and exciting.
Every two weeks, you’ll receive a new exercise that comes with an equipment list (you should be able to use materials and objects you already have – our exercises have all been adapted for home use), progress checklist, tips and hints. Throughout the program, you’ll also receive helpful emails with additional information and suggestions.
Rates of improvement are dependent on your child’s individual needs and the frequency with which you use CoordiKids. Because CoordiKids essentially re-trains the brain by building new pathways, it is important to repeat the same exercises 5 times/week. Two additional days should be designated as “rest” days, which are crucial to cement new pathways. With each new exercise, you’ll begin to notice increases in your child’s coordination, ability to focus and attend to task.
All of our videos include information regarding what your child should eventually attain in terms of preferred posture and ideal number of repetitions to achieve. Therefore, if your child is able to reach the targeted goal each week, you’ll know he/she is progressing appropriately.
While CoordiKids should lead to improvements for all children, we recognize that each child is different and occasionally, accommodations need to be made. If you’re experiencing difficulties, we hope you’ll contact us so we can offer additional support and/or suggest an alternate CoordiKids program that would work better for your child.
After following the program for three months and contacting us with any problems, in the unlikely event you are still not satisfied and are unable to notice any improvements in your child, we will refund 100% of what you’ve paid – no questions asked.
This is an excellent question and multiple theories exist regarding why some children struggle with sensory processing. While there is no single answer that explains the cause for all children, premature birth, stress at the time of birth, repetitive ear infections, or other diagnosed disabilities or health concerns may be possibilities.
More importantly, CoordiKids can help you address such difficulties, improving your child’s social, emotional and educational experiences.
Sensory Motor Skills, which serve as the foundation for efficient postural control, brain bridging and gross motor skills, are also the precursor to fine motor skills and handwriting.
CoordiKids will help your child gain core strength and improve their seated posture. Without a strong core, you may notice your child slouching even when sitting, or clumsily falling off chairs. After participating in one our program, you’ll notice improvement in your child’s ability to sit still at a table and their increased stabilization will lead to better hand coordination and ability to concentrate on fine motor skills, including handwriting.
Yes! After completing one of our programs your child will further develop his/her nervous system, balance, posture and muscle endurance. These things will allow them to remain in a seated position, concentrate, and maintain focus on their work for longer periods of time. As a result, they will be better prepared and able to learn in school.
Absolutely. It’s no secret all children want to be accepted by their peers. CoordiKids will not only help your child improve his/her ability to participate in age appropriate activities and games, but also CoordiKids will boost their self-confidence. Improved awareness of self and the surrounding environment pave the way to improved social awareness and ability to read social cues. While we’re always excited to hear about a child’s physical improvements, we’re even more thrilled to learn of your child’s increased self-esteem and happiness.
Often, improving your child’s level of awareness and self-control also lead to minimizing toileting issues.
Hopefully, your child does not present with difficulties in the area of fine motor, gross motor, or attention skills. However, CoordiKids will both prevent problems before they become issues (at times making you aware of difficulties before they lead to functional issues for your child) and ensure your child is always prepared to focus and learn while at school. Because all children benefit from movement breaks, your child does not need to have a particular area of difficulty in order to benefit from CoordiKids.
Yes! Once new brain pathways are built, provided the child continues to use them through typical exercise and play, they will become part of their permanent brain structure.
Yes! CoordiKids was developed by experienced occupational therapists with over 45 years of combined experience. You can read more about the program’s creators here.
Communicating your involvement with a CoordiKids program to your child’s teacher or Occupational Therapist, if applicable, is a good idea. Teachers can often make use of what your child is learning through CoordiKids to support all children in the classroom.
Yes! Students, no matter their ability level, benefit from movement by preparing their bodies and minds for learning. Additional information, classroom recommendations, and programs designed for classroom use are available on our website, www.childrenproblems.com.