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Learning Through Movement
Kinetic Kid At-a-Glance

Intended for children in grades K through 5

Basic program consists of 6 individually taught sessions for the child and his or her parents
Goal: To give the child and parents the skills that will allow them to apply kinetic learning techniques throughout the school years
Kinetic Kids is an educational program that makes learning more enjoyable and efficient by combining academics with physical activity. The goal is to create strong students who are healthy in mind and body and who have the willingness and ability to control their behavior. All children can benefit from Kinetic Kids, but it is especially designed for those who are active, full of energy, and "always on the go." Providing children with appropriate ways to channel their energy can prevent behavior problems from developing, builds self-confidence, improves physical health, and makes learning fun. Kinetic learning transforms homework from a dreaded ordeal to a time for parent-child bonding.
Movement in Multi-Sensory Learning
Sit and Listen Learners: The belief that learning can take place only if children are quietly seated and listening to the teacher is widespread in American schools. Consequently, most teachers design their lesson plans and arrange their classrooms with these beliefs in mind. Such classrooms work quite well for passive children who like to sit and listen—"sit and listen learners".
Move and Touch Learners: Much to the dismay of a goodly number of teachers and parents, many children do not do well in a "sit and listen" classroom. These children learn better and are happier when they can move around, touch, and manipulate things. Children who learn best through movement are known as kinetic learners, whereas those who like to touch and manipulate are kinesthetic learners. When children who thrive on moving and touching are placed in a "sit and listen" classroom, the results are often disastrous. Teachers become confused, frustrated, and angry because these children do not learn or behave like their classmates. In turn, parents are bombarded with reports that: "Johnny won't stay in his chair. Sally spends all day fiddling with her pencils. Jeremy draws during lectures." Although parents may doubt the accuracy of such reports at first, they usually see the same behaviors when the try to get their children to do homework that involves more of the same type of passive "sit and listen" learning.
False Positive ADHD, LD, BD, and ODD: There are children who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders such as ADHD, LD, BD, and ODD, and who as a consequence, need treatment or remediation. Unfortunately, in all too many instances, when "move and touch" learners are placed in a "sit and listen" classroom, they begin to act very much like children with the above named disorders. As a consequence, many normal children are incorrectly diagnosed with serious and chronic mental disorders. Such "false positive" diagnoses frequently result in the child being inappropriately subjected to invasive and potentially harmful treatments/interventions. One way to reduce the number of these false positives is to create school and home learning environments that meet the learning needs of the broadest possible range of children.
Kinetic Kids and Multi-Sensory Learning
There are many barriers to integrating physical activity with academic learning. The most formidable obstacle being the widely held belief among teachers (and many parents) that to learn "serious stuff " a child must be quietly seated with eyes fixed on the teacher or on an assignment. While this may be true for some types of learning, there are a multitude of situations where physical activity makes learning more effective as well as increasing the child's enjoyment. Kinetic Kids teaches parents, teachers, and children how to add movement to the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic components of a multi-sensory learning program.
Goals of Kinetic Kids
Kinetic Kids focuses on three groups—children, parents, and teachers. The clinic-based, six-session program teaches:
Children how to expend energy in constructive ways rather than getting into trouble by breaking classroom rules.
Parents how to direct their children to use their energy wisely and how to create a kinetic learning environment in the home.
Teachers how to apply kinetic learning for groups in their classrooms, (i.e., provides parents with information to share with their child's classroom teacher).