[image url=”https://thebridginginstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/emerson.jpg” alignment=”left” margin_left=”0″ margin_right=”10″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ width=”200″ height=”131″]Meet Emerson, a 4 ½ year-old with an autistic spectrum disorder called PDD-NOS (Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Emerson had significant problems with communication and play, and some difficulty interacting with others. However, as with others diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Emerson is too social to be considered autistic. For Emerson, his affected areas were slow motor skills and speech delays.
Emerson’s mother, Josephine, heard about the Kinetic Konnections program from Emerson’s eye doctor. “After we started the skills building sessions, we saw huge improvements in his language skills and his muscle coordination,” Josephine says on Emerson’s progression.
“The program works great for the child and the parents,” Josephine says about Kinetic Konnections. “During the session, Emerson’s arms and legs are physically moved to test them to see how his body would react to certain positions. At first, Emerson wouldn’t let anyone near him. After several sessions, he was the complete opposite laying still and letting us work with him for 20 minutes at a time. One of the best things about the program is that we learned how to do the exercises with Emerson at home. We were given instructions with pictures to take home which told me exactly what I was supposed to be doing. That made it so much easier than just remembering on my own,” Josephine adds.
“The great thing about the program is that Emerson has a session depending on his progression.” To date, Emerson has had five skill building sessions in a five-month period. Overall, Josephine is thrilled with the program and how much it has helped Emerson. “It’s a very reasonable program and the kids like it,” Josephine says. Now, Emerson is able to run with a more even gait, his arm strength is improved, his fine motor skills are better and his talking skills have improved. “The Kinetic Konnections program was a really great experience, and Emerson made great improvements!” Josephine concludes proudly.