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Kinetic Kids Programs
Kinetic Kids offers year round, comprehensive group programs for children with special needs with physical and cognitive disabilities! The sports and recreation programs run in four seasons including Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
~ Kinetic Kids offers sports programs, art and music programs, educational programs.
~ Each season provides a different line-up of programs.
~ Most programs run once a week for 30 minutes to 1 hour for 6-8 weeks.
~ We also offer 1 day special events such as outdoor explorer and educational programs.
~ Programs are designed and facilitated under the guidance of physical and occupational therapists.
Kinetic Kids has customized divisions to best meet the needs of children with a wide variety of diagnoses in a group environment. Divisions include Allstar, Champions, Parent and Me, and Competitive. Please click the division description link below to see which division is most appropriate for your child.
Kinetic Kids plans to offer the following programs each year (subject to change).
Click an activity below to see more.
Thes art classes are offered to special needs children and their siblings. It allows children to explore their creative side through activities. Classes may take place at ARTPACE and include a day learning about various artists and exploring their artwork with a picnic lunch on the rooftop. Another program focuses on holiday projects such as decorating cookies, arts and crafts, creating jewelry or treasure boxes, and more.
Baseball is offered to children of all functional levels. Within each season, we have both t-ball and coach pitch options. Players learn the fundamentals of fielding, batting, and throwing. Seasons consist of both practices and games with the goal of skill development. While we ensure every child has fun, they are learning the game of baseball. We hold a final baseball party and awards ceremony at the conclusion of each session.
Basketball is offered for children of all functional levels. This class allows children to learn the basics of basketball play. At the end of the season, the team will show off their newly developed skills in the final exhibition.
Competitive Swim is offered in the summer for children over 6 years of age that have mastered 2 or more swim strokes. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 feet independently without a one on one volunteer.
Dance is offered for children who are able to walk independently or with an assistive device (walker or crutches) and follow directions. Participants learn salsa, jazz, ballet, and other forms of dance in an 8 week season. A final recital is held at the end of each session. This year Kinetic Kids will offer line dancing for our teen division which will teach popular dances so everyone is prepared for dancing at school or a social setting. This program is a 30 minute class that follows our traditional dance class.
Kinetic Kids takes athletes to a regional sports competition for athletes with physical disabilities each summer. We travel to Edmond, Oklahoma for the Endeavor Games in June. Children can compete in swimming, basketball, track and field, and tennis. This is a rare opportunity for our athletes to be surrounded by hundreds of peers for competition. The Endeavor Games is a nationally-recognized competition that allows all athletes with physical disabilities to participate in a multi-sport event similar to the Paralympics. Events will be held on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmund, Oklahoma.
Flag football is offered for children of all functional levels (ambulatory and wheelchair athletes)to learn punting, kicking, throwing, along with offensive and defensive plays. Players will have a contest at the end of the season to show off their new strengths.
Golf is offered to children of all functional levels (ambulatory and wheelchair athletes). Each participant needs to be able to follow directions independently in a group setting for safe and successful participation. Kids will learn skills of swing, stance, and tee off.
Gymnastics is offered to children who are able to walk independently or with an assistive device (walker or crutches). The gymnasts perform on the trampoline, overhead bars, parallel bars, balance beams, vault and floor. A final exhibition is held at the conclusion of the gymnastics class for families and the community.
Kindermusik is offered to children ages 2 – 6. It integrates music with movement to stimulate brain development and nurture creativity as well as developing language skills, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem, and musicality from musical and imaginative play.
Lose the Training Wheels
Kinetic Kids will offer one bike camp in the summer. During this 5 day camp, children learn to ride a conventional bicycle without training wheels. Children attend a 75-minute session for five consecutive days of the camp. Children must be over 8 years of age, independent walkers, and able to pedal a bicycle with training wheels.
The music program is for children over 5 years of age. It consists of Music Exploration and Keyboarding. In Music Exploration, children learn and explore a variety of instruments including guitar, keyboard, harp, accordions, resonator bells, and drums. In keyboarding, children learn notes, music, and songs. Both classes will perform at a music recital at the end of the season.
The Outdoor Explorers program is a one day program offered three times a year. This is an opportunity for children and families to experience the outdoors in a safe and fun setting with structured activities. Past activities include: canoeing, archery, target paintball, arts and crafts, hiking, and camping skills. These activities are open to the entire family to allow children to explore the outdoors and be active while promoting fitness and appreciation for nature.
Parent & Me Swim
Parent & Me Swim is offered for children under the age of 5. Parents learn water safety skills and basic swim instructions with their child to progress their child’s swimming strokes.
Parent and Me Gymnastics
Parent and Me Gymnastics is for children ages 18 months – 5 years. Children and parents explore movement through basic gymnastic skills and routines. This class also serves as an introduction to gymnastics for children new to our program.
Soccer is offered to children who are able to ambulate independently or with an assistive device and follow directions independently in a group setting. They will learn the fundamental skills of soccer and progress to game play. At the end of the season, a final game will be held with trophy presentation.
We offer several Swimming classes throughout the winter, spring, summer and fall. All swim classes are designed to empower each child to utilize their skills and abilities to be their very best. We focus on helping children become more comfortable and confident in the water while introducing basic swimming and safety skills. At the end of the season, swimmers show off their skills in a swim meet.
Track and Field
Track and Field is offered for children 7 and older with physical disabilities that walk independently or use walkers or other assistive devices. Track events include 60m, 100m, 200, 400m. Training for the field events includes learning discus, club, shot, and javelin.
Wheelchair basketball is offered to children 7 and older that can self propel in a manual wheelchair over 100 feet. This program teaches children and teens in wheelchairs the game of wheelchair basketball and train for competitive play. Kinetic Kids provides sport wheelchairs for participants that need them on first come first serve basis. Some youth will travel to tournaments for competitive play. At the end of the season, the team will show off skills in the final exhibition.
Wheelchair Tennis is offered to children 7 and older that can self propel in a manual wheelchair over 100 feet. This program teaches children and teens in wheelchairs different strokes and skills for the game of tennis. Kinetic Kids provides sport wheelchairs for participants that need them on first come first serve basis. At the end of the season, each tennis player will have the opportunity to show off newly learned skills in the final exhibition.
Wheelchair Track and Field
Wheelchair Track and Field is offered for children 7 and older with physical disabilities that can self propel in a manual wheelchair over 100 feet. Track events include 60m, 100m, 200, 400m. For the Track events, participants may use one of Kinetic Kids’ racer wheelchairs or train in their own wheelchairs. Training for the field events includes learning discus, club, shot, and javelin.
In order to best serve this population, Kinetic Kids programs are designed and facilitated by physical, occupational, or speech therapists so children are able to enjoy sport and recreational activities in a safe and friendly environment. We strive to make each child successful and feel that employing therapists helps us meet that goal.
A significant area of growth within Kinetic Kids since 2006 was the progression to multi-level programming. This means that children in our program will now be more closely matched with their peers with regard to cognitive and physical abilities within each program. Click to see the division descriptions.
Currently there are no diagnosis restrictions or mobility restrictions that eliminate a child from participation in our programs. There are certain classes that are more appropriate for some children based on level of mobility and cognitive age level.
Although there are no restrictions based purely on diagnosis or mobility, there are requirements for participation in Kinetic Kids’ activities and they are as follows:
- Participant must have the personal desire to perform the activities within each program
- Participant will not prevent the instructor from teaching
- Participant will not prevent other participants from learning or participating
- Participant must demonstrate a willingness to cooperate and function in a group setting and be able to follow directions
- Participant must pose no threat or danger to self or others before, during, or after participation in our activities
- Participant must be medically stable to participate in the desired activity and have clearance from their medical doctor for such participation.
Kinetic Kids reserves the right to remove any child from the program who does not meet the basic criteria. Kinetic Kids is not an individual therapy provider, programs are designed for children who can participate in a group setting. Appropriate placement into an alternate program will be attempted, but we must keep the safety of the group as a guiding priority. If one of the instructors must give an inordinate amount of time to a child who is not suitable for the program, that situation compromises the safety as well as the enjoyment of the group as a whole. We appreciate your consideration of these guidelines when determining the appropriate program for your child.