What is pediatric occupational therapy?

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.

 

What will CoordiKindy do for my kindergarten students?

Using the CoordiKindy program should lead to improvements in the following:

  • Concentration
  • Listening abilities
  • Balance and coordination
  • Understanding of right/left and sequencing
  • Crossing the midline of the body and brain bridging
  • Motor planning
  • AND your students will be ready for the challenges of Year 1!

 

How long does it take to do the CoordiKindy program?

CoordiKindy exercises were designed to do each school day. Each video takes approximately five to fifteen minutes to complete and exercises may be reinforced throughout the day as necessary.

Exercises are repeated for ten days in a fortnight, however, at care facilities where children attend only part-time, videos may be used repeatedly for as long as necessary. Though the CoordiKindy program was designed to be used over  the course of 15 fortnights, it often takes kindergarten students the entire year to work through all of the videos.

 

My students often lose interest in activities. Will CoordiKindy keep them engaged?

Because CoordiKindy delivers therapy in short, frequent bursts, children tend to enjoy the programs and remain engaged. And, with new videos and exercises delivered before previous ones become boring, the program is always fresh and exciting.

 

What will I receive with the CoordiKindy program?

You’ll receive the complete set of our CoordiKindy exercises, each of which comes with an equipment list (you should be able to use materials and objects you already have – all of our exercises have been adapted for school use), progress checklist, tips and hints. You’ll also receive helpful emails throughout the program with additional information and suggestions.

Though no previous training to is necessary to successfully implement the CoordiKindy program in your classroom, you’ll receive full access to our training webinar – you can view this at your convenience and refer back to it at anytime.

 

Once using CoordiKindy, when can I expect to see improvements in my students and how do I know if the program is working?

Rates of improvement are dependent on student’s individual needs and the frequency with which you use CoordiKindy. Because CoordiKindy essentially trains the brain by building new pathways, it is important exercises are repeated until mastery prior to moving onto subsequent sets. With each new exercise, you’ll notice increases in your student’s coordination, ability to focus and attention to task.

All of our videos include information regarding what your students should eventually attain in terms of preferred posture and ideal number of repetitions to achieve. Specific age goals are not provided as they can differ greatly among younger children, however guidelines regarding expected progress are provided to help teachers determine if students are progressing appropriately, if pace needs to be adapted and/or when additional interventions are recommended.

 

Although we are following the program appropriately, one student is not making sufficient progress. What should we do?

While CoordiKindy should lead to improvements for all children, we recognize 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 adaptations, accommodations, or an alternate CoordiKids program that would work better for particular students.

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.

 

What causes sensory processing difficulties in my students?

This is an excellent question and multiple theories exist regarding why some children struggle with sensory processing and others do not. 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, CoordiKindy can help you address such difficulties, improving your child’s social, emotional and educational experiences.

 

Will CoordiKindy improve my student’s fine motor skills?

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.

CoordiKindy will help your students gain core strength and improve their seated posture. Without a strong core, you may notice students who slouch even when sitting, or clumsily fall off chairs. After participating in our program, you’ll notice improvement in your students’ 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 – by acquiring these skills, your students will also be better posed to practice, learn and acquire good handwriting skills and other fine motor skills in future years.

 

Will CoordiKindy improve my student’s ability to concentrate, attend to task and sit still?

Yes! After completing one of our programs students will further develop their nervous systems, 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.

 

Can CoordiKindy help my students socially?

Absolutely. It’s no secret all children want to be accepted by their peers. CoordiKindy will not only help your students improve their ability to participate in age appropriate activities and games, but also the program 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 student’s increased self-esteem and happiness.

 

Can CoordiKindy help my students with toileting problems?

Often, improving your child’s level of awareness and self-control can also lead to minimizing toileting issues. For some young children, their inherent busy nature makes toilet training more difficult – they are simply too involved in their play and activities to take notice of when it’s time to go to the bathroom. Frequently, as their ability to concentrate increases and they become able to more appropriately channel excess energy, they also become more aware of when they need to use the bathroom.

 

My students, or some of my students, do not have motor or attention difficulties. Why should I use CoordiKindy?

Hopefully, your students do not present with difficulties in the area of fine motor, gross motor, or attention skills. However, CoordiKindy will both prevent problems before they become issues (at times making you aware of difficulties before they lead to functional issues for a student) and ensure your students are always prepared to focus and learn while at school. Because all children benefit from movement breaks, your students do not need to have a particular area of difficulty in order to benefit from CoordiKindy.

 

Will my student’s improvements be permanent?

Yes! Once new brain pathways are built, provided students continue to use them through typical exercise and play, they will become part of their permanent brain structure.

 

Are the CoordiKindy staff qualified and highly trained?

Yes! CoordiKindy was developed by experienced occupational therapists with over 45 years of combined experience. You can read more about the program’s creators here.

 

What information should I share with my student’s parents and caregivers?

Communicating your involvement with the CoordiKindy program to your student’s parents, caregivers, other teachers or Occupational Therapist, if applicable, is a good idea. Often, these individuals can make use of what your class is learning through CoordiKindy to support children in settings outside of the classroom as well.

 

I am also a parent – are there programs available for use with my own children?

Yes! Children, no matter their age or ability level, benefit from movement by preparing their bodies and minds for learning. Additional information, recommendations, and programs designed for home use are available on our website, www.coordikids.com.