Kinderkinetics is a profession that aims to promote and optimise the neuromotoric development of young children (0-12 years), through scientifically based physical activity. It has the following goals:
- Promote functional growth and development;
- Focus on certain movement activities to promote/facilitate sport specific activities; and
- Implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes for children with growth and/or developmental disabilities.
SAPIK (South African Professional Institute of Kinderkinetics) is the professional home of kinderkineticists in South Africa and this Institute regulates the professional acts and the registered trademark (quality control of this intellectual property) of this profession by registration. The School of biokinetics, recreation and sport science of the NWU is the physical address of SAPIK and prof Anita Pienaar is the president.
Kinderkinetics training within the Kinderkinetics programme is structured around the developmental needs of children of different ages, since developmental needs and neuromotoric development of children differ drastically at different ages, as well as the programme content that focuses on typical and atypical development in children. Training is done according to the following programme outcomes presented:
This programme helps children up to 13 years of age with deficiencies to overcome problems with an individualised programme. Aspects such as obesity and specific motor deficiencies, as well as physical assistance are offered to children with specific disabilities.
This programme is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 7 years and is conducted in a group setting. The focus is on the child's gross motor development and the purpose of the programme is to ensure the optimal development of young children.
Programme for the disabled
Water therapy programmes that will be available to, for instance, children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy will improve their functionality in terms of the motor and physical aspects of their development.
A programme for older children between the ages of 10 and 14 years that assists in the development of a healthy balanced lifestyle. Programmes are in group format. The aim of the programme is to make active children into active adults.
Early stimulation for the optimal development of the baby. For babies between 0 and 24 months.
Sporting skills programme
This programme teaches children between the ages of 8 and 12 years basic sporting skills, like soccer, rugby and netball. The aim of the programme is to learn the basic rules, but especially the necessary fundamental skills of the sport. The programme is in group format.