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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 he’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 Bridging® 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.

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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? 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

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Non-Covid Reasons Your Child (and You) May Be Dreading a Return to School

School focus challenging? Or is it really a fine motor challenge?

Beyond all the environmental and logistical challenges related to returning to school, some more fundamental challenges can also add to your child’s frustrations — focus and fine motor skills.

Does your child seem lazy or resistant to doing their work?

There is often more to consider with our children’s behavior than merely motivation. At Kinetic Konnections, we meet family after family struggling with challenging school behaviors. Our assessment process often surfaces subtle, yet significant, glitches in fine motor skills. This is frequently an underlying cause for the lack of focus or avoidance of work. Read more

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Nighttime Sobbing? Daytime Behavior Challenges? 😵

Sobbing or acting out? Growth may be the culprit

The sun, warmth, and outdoors are the perfect catalysts for growth in your children.

With that growth comes two common challenges to being a parent — pain and dis-regulation.

As a parent, there is nothing more heart breaking to have a sobbing child in the middle of the night, “my legs hurt,” with little to offer for comfort other than Motrin.

Equally frustrating is the growing child who seems like they are out of control, going from zero to one hundred on the emotion scale in a nano-second.  Read more

Learning to ride a bike

Is Your Child Struggling with Learning to Ride a Bike?

A positive outcome of the stay at home time has been a resurgence in bicycle riding.

Are you trying to teach your child to ride so they can enjoy the thrills of bike riding too?

For a child, a bicycle represents freedom.

The ability to get out and about on their own is a significant step in a child’s self-development. It is often a big element for their social development too.

Being able to ride a bike means the freedom to:

  • go out to explore
  • rendezvous with friends
  • exercise
  • be independent.

Read more

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Visually Organizing Our Days — For Ourselves and Our Family

Boundaries and organization to your day facilitate active time too!

Our newsletters have focused recently on ways to use movement to organize and calm given all the turmoil in the external world. This edition provides a tactical focus supporting a more structured, productive day, and calmer household.

It’s magical how much a visual plan makes for a smoother day for everyone. Erika, one of our Bridging Specialists and a mom of younger kids, and I share how we incorporate visual planning into each day. Read more