Welcome to The KinActive Community

Providing on-demand resources to parents as they navigate their children's gross motor development.

About KinActive Kids

KinActive Kids was founded in 2020 by Dr. Emily Heisey, PT, DPT with a mission to give parents advice (and a little spice) on all things pertaining to their child’s gross motor development. Our team of incredible clinicians (5 physical therapists and our beloved chiropractor and co-owner, Dr. Matt Otteman, DC) proudly serve patients in-person at our DFW office, online through virtual consults, and, of course, on our KinActive Community – where Dr. Emily, Dr. Matt and other members of the KinActive team share simple, everyday tips and tricks with parents all around the world.

Our mission in the KinActive Community is to help your family achieve a sense of freedom – the freedom of mobility for your little one and peace of mind for you as a parent. All while making gross motor development stress-free, approachable and FUN!

Why You Should Join the KinActive Community

The KinActive Community is an exclusive space that empowers parents and caregivers across the globe to play an active role in their child's gross motor development. 

As a community member, you'll receive access to KinActive's milestone masterclasses, community support and on-demand expertise from Dr. Emily, Dr. Matt and other members of the KinActive team. That's thousands of dollars worth of content, ideas and purposeful play tips for just $19.99/month. Our milestone masterclasses are comprised of six on-demand video courses:

  • Gross Motor Foundations (Birth & up)
  • Rolling (3 months & up)
  • Sitting (4 months & up)
  • Transitions (7 months & up)
  • Crawling (7 months & up)
  • Walking (10 months & up)

Each course is designed to help parents and caregivers facilitate purposeful play activities that are geared toward achieving a specific milestone. While our courses can be helpful in building a gross motor foundation, promoting on-track development or helping a child work toward a new skill, please note that they are not a replacement for physical therapy, chiropractic care, or other in-person services. 

For questions about our Community and courses, please email our team at [email protected], and we'll get back to you in 24-48 business hours.

What are Milestone Masterclasses?

Milestone masterclasses are on-demand video courses that help parents and caregivers promote gross motor milestones from the comfort of their homes using Dr. Emily's best purposeful play techniques. These courses are set up in a unique way -- breaking down complex milestones like rolling, crawling and walking, into a series of goals and skills. This way, you can assess where your child is at, what they need to work on, and how to get there. 

Since the courses are 100% on-demand, you have the freedom to work on new milestones whenever you and your little one want to. You get to create your own schedule and move at your own pace, making gross motor development simple and stress-free. If you have questions, you have access to our community discussion boards where you can receive advice, feedback and support from the KinActive team and other community members!

Our milestone masterclasses are intended to be worked on for 20 minutes a day, with kids typically working through a milestone over the course of 4-8 weeks; however, every child is different, and your little one may need more or less time to master each skill. With our monthly and annual subscription plans, you can utilize our courses for as long as you'd like!

What's Included in Each Masterclass?

At this time, the KinActive Community includes milestone masterclasses to address all milestones from birth to walking. Below, you'll find an outline of what each course addresses. In addition to the curriculum, community members also receive on-demand support from the KinActive team as well as access to interactive Q&As, webinars and other live sessions with Dr. Emily and Dr. Matt!

Gross Motor Foundations Masterclass (ages 0+)

A solid foundation for gross motor development requires more than just tummy time. In this course, Dr. Emily will teach you dozens of age-appropriate play ideas so you can promote on-track development during the newborn stage. The gross motor foundations masterclass includes:

  • Introduction to the four play positions for newborns: tummy time, vertical play, sidelying play and back play
  • Advanced play ideas for ages 12 weeks & up
  • Plagiocephaly and torticollis prevention
  • Overview of handling techniques
  • Newborn milestones to look for

Rolling Masterclass (Ages 4 months+)

The KinActive Rolling Masterclass breaks this milestone down into a step-by-step process to address rolling in both directions - back to belly and belly to back.

This class includes:

  • Rolling prerequisites 
  • Handling techniques for parents
  • The 4 T’s of rolling belly to back
  • The 4 R’s of rolling back to belly

Sitting Masterclass (Ages 4 months+)

Although this may be surprising, sitting is one the milestones we get asked about the most. Starting around 4 months old, a child will have an innate desire to be upright and engage with the world around them; however, contrary to popular belief, sitting is not that simple! It requires muscle work in the arms, core and hips, and this course will show you how to get all of these areas firing through purposeful play.

This class includes:

  • Introduction to sitting and sitting facts
  • The 6 P's of independent sitting
  • Activity recommendations based on level of difficulty

Transitions Masterclass (Ages 7 months+)

Transitions are the key that unlocks a child's sense of independence. In this course, we'll guide you through various tips, tricks and activities to help your little one get in and out of laying down, sitting, hands-and-knees, and standing.

This class includes:

  • Introduction to transitions and side sitting
  • Floor and sitting transitions
  • Pre-crawling and pre-walking transitions
  • Activity recommendations based on level of difficulty

Crawling Masterclass (Ages 7 months+)

Haters will say crawling doesn't matter, but if you're here, you know better! Our Crawling Masterclass addresses the fundamental skills kiddos need to help them get moving on their hands and knees.

This course includes:

  • Crawling prerequisites
  • Fundamental strength activities for the hips, arms and trunk
  • Tips for addressing the janky crawl
  • Tips for addressing the army crawl

Walking Masterclass (Ages 10 months+)

Generally viewed as the most anticipated milestone, walking is what officially ushers kiddos from babyhood into toddlerhood! With walking being the last big milestone, many parents experience some anxiety about how their kiddo is walking, why they aren’t walking, and how to get their child to walk. 

This class includes:

  • Walking prerequisites
  • Assisted walking strategies
  • Activities to promote cruising, balance and independent steps
  • Transitions from floor to standing