For the Public
Kinderkinetics is an exciting specialized paediatric field which aims to increase the total well-being of typically developing children between 0 to 13 years of age. This is done by stimulating, promoting and rectifying age specific neuro-motor and physical skills.
Kinderkinetics is not a franchise. The profession of Kinderkinetics as a degree is currently presented by various Universities in South Africa.
As a paediatric exercise science, it is studied intensively over a 4 year period and consists of various programs based on scientific and well-researched motor learning principles. These specialized programs are delivered by highly trained health practitioners called Kinderkineticists.
All Kinderkineticists in practice must be registered at the South African Professional Institute for Kinderkinetics (also called SAPIK).
- Program for infants 0 – 24 months of age
This program focuses on the sensory-motor development of a baby from a stimulation point of view. This program also has a preventative, improving and rehabilitative nature. Infants are assessed by Kinderkineticists using the latest version of international recognized test batteries such as the PDMS to determine if a baby’s motor development is on par.
This ensures that attention can also be given towards the milestone development of a baby. Should an infant be delayed in his/her development, the correct intervention can be followed in order to ensure optimal motor development, thus helping a baby to reach his/her full potential.
- Program for Pre-School children 2 – 7 years of age
This program is a fun-filled perceptual-motor developmental programme that is specifically taught to meet the various aspects of gross motor development such as balance, body awareness, spatial orientation, coordination, rhythm and timing.
This program is also designed towards the neuro-motoric development of the child, and aims to prevent educational implications from a motor point of view.
Kinderkineticists will carefully plan and design unique lessons according to the different age groups as well as the developmental phases of the children. Children are assessed by Kinderkineticists using the latest version of national and international recognized test batteries such as the Movement ABC to determine if a child’s motor development is on par.
Should the child be delayed in his/her development, the correct intervention can be followed in order to ensure optimal motor development, thus helping a child to reach his/her full potential.
- Sport Development program for children 8 – 12 years of age
This program is a group-based sport development program where different sport skills are taught in a fun and exciting manner. It also focuses on fitness and ensures that the basic fundamental skills underlying the various sporting skills are established before moving on to specializing in a specific sport. Children participating in this program can also be assessed with the test battery called the Fitness Gram.
The FitnessGram® is the most widely used youth physical fitness assessment tool in the world. It assesses the five components of health-related fitness namely Aerobic Capacity, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility, and Body Composition. The Wellness program focuses on children 10 – 14 years of age.
The latter helps pre-teen and teens to develop an active, healthy lifestyle by encouraging both girls and boys to get moving via fun, gender-appropriate exercises. For girls, the main focus is on aerobic dancing. For boys, physical conditioning using the child’s own body weight, plays an important part.
Some practices also present water safety programs that focus on the basic water safety skills necessary for a child to be safe in the water.
- Remedial and Adapted program for children 0 – 13 years of age
This programme is specially designed and adapted to meet the unique needs of a child from a gross motor as well as a neuro-motor point of view. In this program, each child receives an in-depth assessment using well-researched test batteries that are internationally recognised.
This helps the Kinderkineticist to form a clear picture of the child’s development and aids in helping to identify possible underlying problems as to why a child may battle with his/her development. Sessions are then planned according to well-researched principles and can be presented once or twice a week.
Children with obesity, asthma, allergies and diabetes as well as children experiencing co-morbid disorders such as autism, DCD, ADHD or other neuro-motor based learning problems, will benefit from this program. Kinderkineticists are working in conjunction with other professionals to ensure the optimal development of the child.
Some practices in South Africa offers land and/or water rehabilitation programs for children with Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. This program aims to improve a child’s functionality and/or fitness in terms of the motor and physical aspects of his/her development
If the problem falls outside the expertise of the Kinderkineticist, the child will be referred to the appropriate professionals.