7 steps to calm

Struggling With a Child’s Behavior?

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Be the first to experience our new on-demand program to support children.

7 Steps to Calm is a seven-week on-demand program needing only minutes a day for specific movements to help calm your child and restore peace at home.

What is the basis of the program?

Over the past 15 years we found that when your child’s micromovements (tiny movements within the body) are disorganized due to birth, injuries or medical procedures, their behavior and coordination are disorganized too. When gentle rocking and wiggling movements are used to guide your child’s body into better organization, the behavior, sensory, focus and coordination improve too!

Our name for the process is the Bridgingยฎ Technique. It is an engineering-based approach within an early developmental hierarchy, so the results are self-sustaining. Read more

father and child in a tense moment

Struggling with a Child’s Behavior?

The Link between Micromovements and Behaviors

Behavioral Reactions: Even-tempered? Anxious? Quick-tempered?

Your child’s temperament should be able to shift up and down to meet the changing situations of their days and weeks. Their reactions should rise to meet the occasion and then calm back down. This is known as modulation.

Stress happens when a child’s behavior ramps up like a rocket or gets stuck in high alert. Both of these are examples of poor modulation. Read more

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Traditions and Taking New Steps ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ ๐Ÿ’™

The old and the new!

Traditions … how you build bonds and memories with special people in your lives. Knowing what to expect and letting it happen in the same old, yet unique way each year.

Your traditions may have been challenged this year, but hopefully they’ve transitioned to something new and better for the years ahead. Read more

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Three Quick Ways to Calm Your Child, or Yourself

๐Ÿ˜ฑ You feel exhausted.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ You’re feeling stuck, and struggling to get anything done.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ Your child seems to be spinning out of control.

And, there are more weeks of at-home time staring you down.

At Kinetic Konnections we specialize in helping you and your family with the micro-movements needed for your nervous system to return to a calm and organized state.

Here are three simple tactics to help and why they work. Read more

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Lasting Effects from Injuries. Who is Easier to Help — Kids or Adults?

How is helping an injury different between kids and adults?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

We recently explored this question related to surgical recovery.

However, injuries are a more common event at all ages so let’s explore the differences between helping adults and children erase the after-effects of an injury. Read more

are kids easier to change than adults?

Do Kids or Adults Change More Easily?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

Why?

It depends on what event derailed the movement and regulation continuum, and when in time the derailment happened.

Like the trains our children play with, a train on tracks is a useful metaphor to explain this derailment:

  • Did it jump the tracks and needs help getting back on track?
  • Did it end up on the wrong track blindly going on its way toward a different destination? or
  • Is it stuck in a web of various tracks going multiple directions?

Read more

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What Does a Virtual Session Look Like?

Virtual session for your kids: What does it look like?

From a mom from Southern California-

“Charles has made so much improvement- so grateful for your help.

He was so much more regulated after the session and heโ€™s jumping for the first time! Those are the major noticeable changes – but I can go on and on.

Thank you again.”

At Kinetic Konnections we love being able to offer alternatives to support your family in more flexible ways. Check out the reasons why a virtual session may be a good option for your family in our last BLOG post. Read more

virtual Bridging session

Would My Child Benefit from a Virtual Session?

Why should you consider a Virtual Bridgingยฎ Session?

virtual Bridging sessionThere are several reasons why you might want to give a virtual session a try.

  • Distance: You literally can not get to our office because you are geographically distant.
  • Schedules: The ever-changing hybrid schedule with school doesn’t allow you enough time to plan for a visit to the office.
  • Behavior: Your child has a tough time transitioning out of their element. Working on some organizing movements in their familiar setting is easier on everyone.
  • Covid Risk: Due to risk factors in the family you may not feel comfortable with an in-office session.

Read more

what kids miss during quarantine

What Do You Find Yourself Missing These Days?

Taking a lesson from our kids

As parents we are so busy trying to hold it all together.

We worry about our parents, our children, our friends, our jobs, the animals, etc.

It’s. So. Overwhelming!

Part of the pity party referenced in our last post might include acknowledging what we are missing.

I thought this graphic communicating what a child was missing these days (shown above) was so simple, yet powerful! What a great way to gain insights on why a children might be struggling emotionally.

(The graphic is courtesy of my friend Kim Brahm, a pediatric Occupational Therapist at The Balanced Kid in Westmont, IL.) Read more

Back to school

Parents, Do You Have Back-to-School Stress Too?

It’s OK not to be OK

Transitions are hard!

Michelle Obama quoteEvery year we hear of families going through the stress of back to school. For some, the addition of the daily structure is a godsend. For others, the rigidity of the school day is a nightmare to navigate.

This year brings much of the same but with an added layer of complexity.

In a typical year, back-to-school challenges include:

  • Who is dropping off, picking up or car-pooling?
  • What school supplies does this class/school need?
  • When to get to bed and when to wake up?
  • How do after school activities fit in?

And now add:

  • Which days are virtual, and which are in-person?
  • Where do we find the online class and assignment links?
  • How many face masks do we need?
  • Are the face masks washed?
  • Is the hand sanitizer filled?
  • Where do I get a thermometer for daily temp checks?
  • Did I remember to brush my teeth?

Your head is ready to explode, right? Read more