“Start to be Great!”

ORIGIN

In October 2013, Wu Tuan-wen founded “Kickstart Sensory Integration Education Company, Limited”, formerly “Wholistic Children’s Development Center”. “Kickstart” means to ‘kick off a beautiful start for children’, in which the company’s Chinese listing is named after its CEO. In the past 40 years, Ms. Wu has helped numerous families in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong whose children are suffering from sensory integration dysfunction. 

With her rich clinical experiences, she has walked side-by-side with parents and children on their journey to overcome trauma and emotional struggles. From humble beginnings to the company it is today, Ms. Wu has devoted herself to the care of children and wishes to vastly promote early learning, intensive program, and teamwork by imparting her beliefs and principles. We hope more families can understand the importance of receiving professional services for children who suffer from sensory integration dysfunction.

Start to be Great

Testimonies
83.07-90.06
Wu Tuan-Wen Sensory Integration Early Intervention Center, July 1994 – June 2001

Wu Tuan-wen received her degree in Occupational Therapy and was certified in the United States, returning to Taiwan to found the “Sensory Integration Early Treatment Center”.

90.07-102.09
New Taipei Private Wholistic Children’s Development Center, July 2001- September 2013

The Center grew to function as a Wholistic Children’s Development Center with two departments: daycare and sessional treatment.

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Kickstart Sensory Integration Education Company Limited, October 2013-current

The Center transformed to what Kickstart is today, hoping to help more families and children who are suffering from sensory integration dysfunction with professional services. 

OUR MISSION

Kickstart stands to bring our children into the spotlight. Our responsibilities are to identify and inspire our children’s potential and to help parents know more about their children. Kickstart emphasizes the wholistic development of the children, thus enriching the quality of life for children, parents, and the whole family.

Kickstart believes that every case is special. Every child has his/her unique needs; therefore, our goal is to provide a specific treatment proposal for each child. We also believe parents are the key to a child’s development. In addition to inviting the parents to participate in the session, your therapist will keep an open dialogue about the course of the day, the purpose of each lesson and assignment, or daily life aspects, including how you interact with your child. We aim to help you understand the needs of your child’s sensory integration development and how to address them. We believe if both parties work together, we may kick off a beautiful start for our children and open the doors of hope for them.

OUR CHARACTERISTICS

Kickstart provides professional sensory integration training services. Each occupational therapist is responsible for inspiring the living functionality of each child. With the leadership of the professional and respectable occupational therapy supervisor Wu Tuan-wen, the Kickstart staff uses academic professionalism and clinical experience to precisely diagnose each child’s sensory integration dysfunction problem and provides professional and trust-worthy services.

Kickstart respects each child’s uniqueness thus each session is mainly one-on-one, although some are conducted in a small group setting depending on the child’s needs. We believe every child is different and our teachers are helping each child wholeheartedly and individually. We weigh heavily in parental participation and hope parents will be involved in the child’s training so we can all learn together to help kids grow. We actively listen to each parent’s thoughts and concerns, and each teacher offers careful explanation of the child’s condition to help the family “kick start” a beautiful life.

In order to provide contemporary, innovative and professional sensory integration lessons and services, Kickstart continues to equip and further each therapist’s professional knowledge and skills. CEO Ms. Wu Tuan-wen has long-term partnerships with world-renowned international sensory integration organizations (such as the STAR center, a Pediatric Therapy Network) and is certified with the most updated trainings. Kickstart’s advisor, Chen Yun-ru, is currently studying abroad and receiving the most updated training. Miss Chen returns periodically to Taiwan to train our occupational therapists. In our classroom setting, we have designed a two-floor open and spacious learning environment, along with more than 100 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment and teaching materials, to provide an optimal space for children’s sensory activities.

Kickstart actively and effectively designs advanced proposals in lesson planning and services, including Integrated Listening Systems, quantum reflex integration, Bal-A-Vis-X, “How Does Your Engine Run?” A Leader’s Guide to The Alert Program for Self-Regulation, Brain Gym, yoga for kids, Yoga for the Special Child®, Qigong Sensory Training, Masgutova Tactile Integration and many more. Many parents have reported to us that once their children begin their advanced training, their conditions improve distinctly and the parents are highly satisfied.

OUR SERVICES

The training sessions provided by Kickstart are based on sensory-motor training to each child. In order to increase the effectiveness of each session, Kickstart provides full explanations to parents, one-on-one or in small groups, to help them understand and work on assignments with their children. All home program activities will be provided with written materials.

All teachers at Kickstart are board-certified occupational therapists. In addition, they have trained and interned with Ms. Wu, who is a well-renowned clinical occupational therapy supervisor. They are all skilled in cognition, body development, life adjustment and social training, including fine motor and hand function training, visual perception training, attentional skill training, life independence training, emotional regulation training, oral motor training, and interpersonal and social skills training. Every teacher serves wholeheartedly to design each lesson according to the individual needs of each child. With their creative and inspiring teaching style, every child is given an interesting learning environment whether it is in a one-on-one or small group setting.

Kickstart strongly emphasizes the participation of each parent. The main caregiver of the child will be advised to sit in during each session, and they will be briefed on sensory integration and application skills. In collaboration with us, we hope parents can be a part of each child’s learning and growing experience. After seeing the practical steps that each child takes towards progress and improvement, parents are highly satisfied with the services Kickstart provides.

OUR VISION

Kickstart encourages the team to serve with passion and respect, to provide creative and inspiring activities, and to design professional and intense lessons, so we can assist and work with families in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. We hope to integrate neurophysiology, cognition, emotion and socialization in order to balanced development physically and mentally of each child. Through games and experiences, each child will learn self-regulation, relaxation, calmness and energy generation so that their sensory integration problems will be improved. Thus, a proactive learning motive and a wholistic development produce a “Kickstart” of a beautiful life!

“child’s healthy growth”
as our theme

  1. Sensory Modulation training lessons are designed for children with the following difficulties:
    1. Tactile Defensiveness
      1. Picky about wearing clothes, shoes, and socks in daily life; especially hypersensitive to certain clothing materials, and/or does not like clothes or belongings to be wet or damp
      2. Contesting to washing, combing, and cutting hair, washing his/her face, and trimming nails
      3. Does not like to be touched or touched unexpectedly, and does not like people even only close to him/her
      4. Does not like to touch specific materials, such as one does not like to walk barefoot on grass or sand and does not like to touch paints nor glue
      5. Might feel like being hit and violated when gently touched by others; may even show emotional reactions and avoid social activities
    2. Auditory Defensiveness
      1. Being scared of vacuums, blenders, and construction noises
      2. Overly scared of sudden and loud sounds such as firecrackers, fireworks, and announcement trucks
      3. Often inquiring “What is that sound?”
      4. Behavior of covering ears
    3. Oral Defensiveness
      1. Picky eating, not liking vegetables or hard fruits
      2. Poor acceptance when changing to solid food as a baby
      3. Sensitive to food temperature
      4. Often retaining food in the mouth, taking a long time to finish a meal
      5. Dislikes brushing his/her teeth, going to a dentist or an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist; tends to have adverse reactions when asked to open their mouths for check-ups
    4. Gravitational Insecurity
      1. Being nervous and anxious when leaning backwards, falling forward or making summersault
      2. Overly sensitive to height or falls (therefore always being very careful while moving)
      3. Being afraid when both feet are off the ground, such as partaking in activities like climbing, jumping, swing, sitting on a rocking horse, going down the slide, walking on the balance beam and so on
      4. Afraid of being on a swing when it’s really high or fast; cannot be on it for too long and does not enjoy it as other children do
      5. Walking slowly up or down the stairs, or has to hold tightly onto the rail
    5. Sensory seeking
      1. Overly enjoying climbing high or low
      2. Constantly moving, especially hands, feet and mouth
      3. Touching everything and hugging people
  2. Fine motor movement training and hand function training, designed for children with the following difficulties:
    1. Illegible handwriting
    2. Too tight or loose hand grip while writing; hand is easily tired
    3. Inaccurate pencil gripping position while writing
    4. Inadequate grip with scissors, chopsticks or buttons
    5. Having difficulties with crafts
  3. Visual perception training, designed for children with the following difficulties:
    1. Skipping words while reading or copying homework
    2. Cannot recognize or remember characters, numbers or signs
    3. Reversing letters while writing; difficulties hand copying letters and symbols
    4. Not liking activities such as puzzles, building Legos, and assembling models because they cannot accomplish it effectively due to their poor spatial relationship ability
  4. Attentional skills training, designed for children with the following difficulties:
    1. Easily distracted or daydreaming in class
    2. Cannot focus on homework or a certain activity for a long time
    3. Not responding after calling his/her name many times
    4. Cannot finish a project step-by-step or follow instructions
    5. Often misplacing or losing things
  5. Emotion regulation training, designed for children with the following difficulties:
    1. Easily Irritable
    2. Easily frustrated
    3. Easily nervous and anxious
    4. Stubborn
    5. Difficult to adjust to new environments
    6. Lack of self-control, easily provoked
  6. Oral motor training, designed for children with the following difficulties:
    1. Slurred speech
    2. Slow language development
    3. Frequent drooling
    4. Swallowing without thoroughly chewing food or only liking soft foods

 

 

 

 

  1. Overly shy, stranger anxiety, not willing to interact with peers
  2. Lack of self-control, easily quarreling with others
  3. Tend to be more ego-centric; cannot work with others or highly competitive
  4. Poor at differentiating and recognizing social emotions; cannot observe other’s emotions or does not have compassion toward others thus offending others

Focusing on the quality of the child’s daily life, pinpointing the areas where self-care is obstructed and causes(for example, dragging one’s feet due to low Arousal level, problems with eating and putting clothes on due to poor fine motor coordination). We provide parents with related information and strategies to improve quality of life with self-independence.

Parental education lesson

Educating parents about child development and how to improve in all aspects of life by assisting their children and encouraging parents to actively engage their child in sports/play and after-school activities.

Profession training

Providing an occupational therapy center for special education students to intern, practice and research, and for current occupational therapist to continue their education. Also a place for students majoring in special education and early childhood education to intern and research.

Target clientele:

  • Children and teenagers from age 0-18, with the following disorder:
    1. Sensory integration, dysfunction
    2. Autism, Asperger’s syndrome
    3. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
    4. Delay development
    5. Learning Disability
    6. Down Syndrome or other genetic disorders
    7. Cerebral palsy
    8. Emotional disorder
    9. Child sleep disorder
  • Parents and teachers
  • Anyone who cares physical and mental health

Style of services:

  1. One-on-one
  2. Small group
  3. Education and teaching counseling for parents
  4. Topical seminars for parents
  5. Special education workshop

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 9 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM
closed on Sundays and national holidays.

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