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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.

What are your traditions?

Traditions can take many forms. Some are food and drink related. Some are about shared activities like cooking together, going for a drive to see the beautiful lights, and getting out for a hike.

Did you find that some of your traditions were harder on you than you remember?

  • Seasonal activity isn’t as easy as you remember? We are here to re-balance your micro-movements.
  • Calm and focus need a boost? Here are three quick tips to help.

An in-person or virtual session may be the missing piece to keep the peace or to enjoy your seasonal activities. Our goal at Kinetic Konnections is to keep your body optimally organized to behave, focus, and be active for the things you enjoy in life.

Our Kinetic Konnections tradition

Our team meeting is a cookie exchange. But not just not any cookie exchange! We challenge ourselves to creatively adapt holiday favorites to gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. What a great variety we came up with this year (photo above)! They were all delicious!

We couldn’t meet in person, so our sharing was via Zoom. It was a lovely way to kick back together, listen to the story behind each other’s cookies, and enjoy each other’s company.

As we close out 2020, we want to send gratitude, joy and love to you all — and keep it safe out there!


Cara making new videos

Looking ahead — something new!

Yes, that’s Cara recording new videos.

We’re very excited about the upcoming launch of an online program designed for parents to help calm a child.


Interested in Bridging education?

January 2021 will kick-off a new professional cohort. Let Cara know you’d like to get details as they are finalized.

 


You are now able to schedule your 30-minute virtual sessions online through the MindBody Fitness app!
New and existing clients are welcome to use this option.

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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

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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

Teen studies at home

Do You Struggle with How Your Child Sits for E-learning?

Maybe your child knows what works best for them

It’s already started.

You set up the perfect virtual school space so they can focus. But your child just won’t sit properly.

They prefer to

  • sit on their knees,
  • sit cross legged,
  • sit on the floor,
  • slouch on their bed, or
  • half stand.

Now what? Don’t sweat it. Your child may be studying in the way that actually works best for them, even if it doesn’t look right, or comfortable. Read more

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Is Your Child Struggling to Concentrate?

Concentration challenges?ย Five reasons why behavior may not be to blame

You’ve put your best foot forward for the start to an unusual school year.

  • You’ve done all you can to sort through so many emails to put together the daily school schedule.
  • You’ve set up a school work space with laptop or iPad, chair, and desk/table.
  • You stocked up and organized snacks and drinks for easy access.

Now it’s up to your child. Will they be able to pull it together to focus and learn? There is often more to consider with our children’s ability to stay on task than what you read in parenting blogs. Read more