Kinderkinetics is a specialised paediatric profession which refers to the holistic development of children (ages 0-13 years) through movement therapy. It focusses on the sensory-motor movement, to optimise the neuro-motor and gross motor skills of children, neuro-typical and special needs. All programs are scientifically based, age-appropriate and focus on stimulating, refining and optimising motor development.
A kinderkineticist carries out scientific evaluations to identify delays (growth and/or developmental, health problems such as inactivity or obesity and health and developmental constraints) in children's development and address these delays through individualised and group programmes.
From the pre-natal period up to 6 years of age movement is highly important for brain development. This period is also a fundamental phase during which children develop their basic movement patterns. Stimulation through movement positively influences learning during this early stage and prevents any future delays in motor development; it also forms a base from which important motor skills can develop. Movement for children up to the age of 13 years old is just as important and beneficial to establish an active lifestyle which is a key habit to carry on through life. Neuro-motoric development greatly impacts school readiness and achievements. Academic skills are integrated into the programs which encourages the child to learn through movement. Individual attention is given to each child during all sessions because each child has his/her own developmental pace.
Children that experience any motor development difficulties, delays or form part of the special needs population (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADD&ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Dyspraxia, Sensory processing disorder and intellectually impaired) benefit greatly from movement therapy. Kinderkinetics is therefore both remediating and preventative in its effect.
Melissa Loock, is the founder and owner of Melissa Kinderkinetics and an accredited Kinderkineticist with the South African Professional Institute for Kinderkinetics (SAPIK). She completed her BSc. Honours degree in Kinderkinetics at Stellenbosch University.
Melissa Kinderkinetics aim to optimise children's holistic development by encouraging children to integrate movement and learning, whilst having fun. We make sure all children's milestones are on par and that their gross motor skills (balance, coordination etc) are developing as should. Through this we want to create opportunities for children to reach their optimal development and be the best version of themselves. Our ambition is to integrate the body and the brain and to inspire children to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.
Benefits of Kinderkinetics:
Increase brain development
Development of sport-specific skills
Well-developed fundamental and motor skills
Appropriate rehabilitation programs for children with developmental difficulties
Increase brain development
Overcoming sensory problems
Encourage an active and healthy lifestyle
Achieve motor development milestones on time
For Children with:
Any child wanting extra stimulation
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Dyspraxia (speech delay)
Not school ready
Attention span & concentration problems
Reading and writing difficulties
Children aged 0-13
ADD & ADHD
Scientific evaluation regarding different areas of development and to identify if any gross motor or fine motor delays are present. Includes in depth report.
*prerequisite for remedial therapy.
Ensures that children's age-specific gross motor skills are on par so that any motor developmental delays can be prevented and to ensure optimal development of children. It also enhances the child's existing gross motor skills.
Fine motor skills, cognitive development and school readiness aspects such as reading and writing skills, language and attention span are also incorporated.
This is a fun-filled program for toddlers in a group setting. This program focusses on age appropriate gross motor skills such as running, jumping and ball skills and focusses on various aspects such as coordination, balance, midline crossing, body awareness and colour recognition. Fine motor aspects are also incorporated.
This program focuses on the development of the sensory and proprioception systems from a stimulation point of view as well as reflex inhibition, while keeping milestone development in mind such as rolling, crawling, walking and running. It aims to develop the senses, brain and muscles.
An evaluation is done to identify any sensory or motor delays. Should there be any delays, an adapted intervention will be followed to meet the needs of a child from a gross motor as well as a neuro-motor point of view to ensure optimal development.
This is a program where different sport skills are taught in a fun and exciting manner.
Combining gross motor skills with the basic water safety skills necessary for a child to be safe in the water. This program enhances water confidence and aids rehabilitation.
This program focusses on socialising, working as a team and having fun as a group. Different gross motor skills, correct techniques and appropriate motor skill execution are taught. Aspect such as agility, fitness, coordination, balance and muscle strength are incorporated.