We advance the inclusivity of movement-based extracurricular programs
Our Vision is for all children to experience life integrated with their peers
Our Mission is to offer extracurricular opportunities for all children to move, learn, & play together
What Are We Doing?
KIoC partners with movement-based extracurricular programs who are excited to provide services to children with and without special needs. We support extracurricular programs to teach, instruct, or coach all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or social-emotional limitations. More specifically, we train the program staff, lead constructive conversations about diversity and special needs, and provide ongoing support to the programs as needed. When programs feel confident in their ability to welcome and accept the differences in every child, they are ready to make a permanent change towards being inclusive.
Our Current Extracurricular Program Partners
Who Are We?
Kids Included of Colorado was founded by two occupational therapists, who recognized the importance for all children to learn through movement and the subsequent need to empower movement-based extracurricular programs to serve both neurodiverse and neurotypical children. KIoC was officially established in 2016.
What Need Are We Addressing?
There are many extracurricular programs available to neurotypical children. However, there are very few programs and even fewer that provide inclusive opportunities for neurodiverse children or children with special needs. Children with special needs want to move, play, and engage in the same activities as neurotypical children.
At KIoC, we believe that all children, including those who are neurodiverse, who have a diagnosis, who are told they are different, who have a special need, and who grow up with a disability:
- Should participate in extracurricular activities
- Move their bodies
- Learn motor based skills
- Play with their classmates and peers
- Feel confident and welcomed in a group
- Achieve everything they hope to alongside everyone else
Inclusive Movement-Based Extracurricular Programs Are Important!
There are 1,278,431 children in Colorado.
More than 345,000 children in Colorado are considered overweight.
74,885 children in Colorado receive special education services.
The World Health Organization recommends that children engage in 60-minutes of moderate physical activity every day, but only 75% of children in the US meet this guideline.
There is significant evidence to support the fact that children with disabilities have lower physical activity levels, higher obesity rates, and are not involved in team sports compared to their typically developing peers.
55% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have motor difficulties, which makes engaging in physical activities challenging.