KoganSteps: A Movement Intervention
Learn More. Move More.
Help Children Live Richer more Functional lives
Bridging the gap between dance and science,
between Practice and theory.
Dance taught me the power of movement.
OT taught me how to use that power to help children.
Find your creative self in my evidence-based course and using the movement skills you already have, help children move more effectively, learn more, and improve social skills.
Ana Nery Fragoso, former Director of New York City Department of Education Dance Department, introduces Ellen as NYC occupational therapists and teachers begin a KoganSteps workshop.
Children learning movement studies from a KoganSteps workshop. Informed movement practices are targeted to the child's needs.
The mission of KoganSteps: A Movement Intervention is to inspire all children, especially those with autism, or other neurological challenges, to unleash their special strengths and individual potential through a highly effective, enriching movement therapy that celebrates each child's unique gifts.
Start Date: (TBA)
KoganSteps: A Movement Intervention, offered in both a live and webinar format, is designed to help service professionals and educators, integrate movement practices into their current treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other neurological dysfunction. Most of us take our movement skills for granted but this is not a luxury that these children have. While many of them are not in wheelchairs and can walk well enough, their movement deficits are still serious and interfere with every area of their lives. Based on empirical observation, researchers are now calling for a body-oriented approach (Hildebrandt, 2016). KoganSteps, created by a dancer and occupational therapist, is such an approach.
Driven by “what works” and supported by research and science about mirror neurons, imitation, and rhythmic cueing, Ms. Kogan presents a new way to think about movement, exploring how functional movement skills help children move more effectively while promoting emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration. Participants examine the three elements of all physical activity, Space, Time, and Energy, while exploring the underlying skills that are necessary for functional movement. Through a simple assessment tool, The Movement Evaluation Continuum, they learn to:
1) identify a motor control deficit in an individual child or group of children
2) create a fun and interesting movement activity that addresses that deficit
3) integrate it into a lesson or treatment plan in such a way that, over time, positive change occurs
Just as important, they learn that they do not need to change how they themselves move. Rather they integrate new knowledge into the natural movement skills they already have.
This is an interactive presentation that uses music, props, and visual cues. Participants are directly involved in doing activities while they are learning. Several different disciplines are intertwined in such a way that the strategies are easy to understand and beneficial to all disciplines. Participant Response Evaluations describe Ms. Kogan as “engaging”, “knowledgeable”, “caring” and “passionate” and attendees state that they “can't wait to share and utilize new knowledge. Ultimately participants leave the session with a greater understanding of how they can use movement to help children live richer, more functional lives. Comfortable clothing recommended.
The Tire Dance
Using a ramp and a box to jump off, The Tire Dance was originally created to help children learn to bend their knees. Over time it was used to increase awareness of other body parts, memory, planning, sequencing, dealing with one's own weight and moving forward and backward in space.
The Movement Evaluation Continuum (method/evaluation) used in KoganSteps: A Movement Intervention is not currently a validated screening tool, however, it is based on a compilation of related evidence.
In KoganSteps: A Movement Intervention, learners will be introduced to the concepts of “Space, Time and Energy,” which translates to motor skills, processing skills, social interaction skills, and client factors presented in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 4th Edition.
Sign-up will become available soon when the live and webinar format schedules have been decided.