We Are Redifing Inclusion
By advancing the inclusivity of movement-based extracurricular programs
Our Vision is for all children to experience life actively while building compassion through movement
Our Mission is to equip movement-based programs to include children with different developmental needs
What We Do
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
This is the Greater Problem
Children with different developmental needs do not have equal access to inclusive movement based activities. To be healthy children that grow into successful adults, children need to move their bodies. The benefits of moving are far-reaching, from increased health or increased mental acuity. The bottom line is that children with different developmental needs do not move as much as their neurotypical peers, which sets them up for a disadvantage as they grow.
Here is What the Problem Looks Like in Our Community
Inclusive Movement-Based Extracurricular Programs Significantly Impact A Child’s Development!
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.
The Current Solutions Should Be Better
For children with developmental differences, the options to participate in a movement-based class are:
- A class with children with the same diagnosis
- Private lessons
- Participating in younger aged class
- Enrolling in an inclusive class but the child is not participating to their full ability or the child is ignored or the parent has to provide one-on-one support
We Focus on the Scientific Research
There are three main points of research on which the KIoC curriculum is based:
- Movement and movement-based learning is beneficial in childhood development
- Neurodiverse children and children with special needs do not participate in physical activities at the same rate as neurotypical children
- Inclusive experiences are beneficial for the learning and social development of both neurotypical and neurodiverse children
We Invest in Our Current and Future Community
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