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Kids In Sports is a specialized educational sports franchise dedicated to teaching children ages 12 months to 12 years sports skills in a safe, fun, friendly, and supportive environment. Our thriving business model affords you the opportunity to make a difference in your community and in your life.

If you have a passion for working with children, coaching, and sports and you are looking to start your own business that is rewarding to own and operate, Kids In Sports may be right for you.

Kids In Sports offers:

Classes

  • Multi-sport classes teaching the fundamentals of team sports
  • Preschool alternative classes combining sports and education
  • After school sports programs
  • Sport-Specific classes for young athletes

Camps

  • Multi-sport summer camps with flexible registration
  • Outdoor and indoor camps
  • Mini and holiday camps throughout the year

Parties

  • Sports-themed birthday parties
  • Specific lesson plans designed for parties
  • Party favors available for parents to purchase
  • Sports events for schools and corporate functions

Kids In Sports

Kids In Sports
1420 Second Ave. (74th st.)
New York, NY 10021

2014 Kids In Sports Franchising LLC

The materials on this website regarding the Kids in Sports franchise opportunity are for general information only and are not intended to be a franchise offer to anyone accessing this site. Offers are made only after delivery of an effective Franchise Disclosure Document in compliance with applicable laws.





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Amblyopia

Amblyopia (am-blee-OH-pee-uh) or “lazy eye” is a condition in which the eye and brain don’t work together as they should. Kids who have it will develop good vision in one eye and poor vision in the other.

Kids often get used to this vision problem, and might not mention it to parents. As a result, their amblyopia might not be diagnosed for months or even years, while parents chalk up poor grades or clumsiness to a child not being academically or athletically gifted.

But sometimes the solution is as easy as visiting the eye doctor. Treatment for amblyopia can correct the way the eye and brain work together and strengthen vision. Early treatment is important waiting or not getting a proper diagnosis could lead to permanent vision loss later.

About Amblyopia

From birth until about age 8, a child’s eyes and brain form vital connections. Anything that blocks or blurs vision in one or both eyes can slow down or prevent these connections.

If that happens, the brain might not fully recognize the images seen by one or both eyes. Then, the brain begins to ignore the images seen by the otherwise healthy eye, and the eye becomes weaker, losing vision strength (acuity). This eye is then referred to as “amblyopic.”

Causes

A number of things can interfere with normal brain eye connections and lead to amblyopia.

One of the most common problems is strabismus . In this condition, one or both eyes wander in (“cross-eyed”), out, up, or down. When eyes don’t line up together, the straight or straighter eye becomes more dominant. The vision strength of the straight eye stays normal because the eye and its connection to the brain are working normally. The misaligned or weaker eye, though, doesn’t focus properly and the brain ignores its signal, eventually leading to amblyopia.

Not all kids with amblyopia will have crossed or wandering eyes in fact many have eyes that are perfectly straight. If so, amblyopia might be due to an anatomical or structural problem that interferes with or blocks vision, such as a droopy eyelid or a cataract .

Other causes of amblyopia are severe far-sightedness (hyperopia), near-sightedness (myopia), or astigmatism (a form of blurry vision). These problems make vision blurry, and it’s these blurry images that are sent to the brain. Over time, the brain begins to ignore these images, resulting in amblyopia in one or both eyes.

Sometimes, having different vision strengths in each eye known as anisometropia can cause amblyopia. When one eye sees more clearly than the other, the brain ignores the blurry eye.

Genetics play a role, too. Amblyopia tends to run in families. It’s also more common in children born prematurely or those with developmental delays.

Signs and Symptoms

Most children with amblyopia won’t complain of vision problems. Over time, they become used to having good vision in one eye and poor vision in the other.

Often, a parent or teacher might realize that a child is struggling with a vision problem maybe noticing crossed eyes, frequent squinting, or tilting the head to see better. Some kids have poor depth perception and trouble seeing in three dimensions.

Regular vision screenings by health care providers are an important part of finding any problems in kids.

Treatment

Treatment for amblyopia involves forcing the brain to pay attention to the images of the amblyopic or weaker eye so vision in that eye gets stronger. This is done with glasses, eye patches, eye drops, surgery, or a combination of these:

  • Glasses. Glasses are prescribed when amblyopia is caused by severe refractive errors and/or anisometropia (when one eye sees more clearly than the other). Glasses help send clear, focused images to the brain, which teach it to “switch on” the weaker eye. This allows the brain to use the eyes together and develop normal vision.
  • Eye patches. In many cases, kids with amblyopia must wear an eye patch over the stronger or unaffected eye. The patch is worn for 2 6 hours a day while the child is awake for several months or years, depending on the condition. There are two types of eye patches: one works like a band-aid and is placed directly over the eye; the other, designed for kids who wear glasses, is a cloth patch that fits securely over one lens.

Making sure a child wears the eye patch can be a challenge. But kids usually adapt well, and the patch simply becomes part of their day. In the meantime, distraction with a new or exciting toy, a trip to the park, or just playing outside can help kids forget they’re wearing an eye patch.

  • Atropine drops. Sometimes, despite parents’ best efforts, some kids won’t wear their eye patch. In these cases, atropine drops may be used. Just as a patch blocks the vision in the unaffected or straight eye, atropine drops will temporarily blur out the vision in the strong eye, forcing the brain to recognize the images seen by the weaker eye.
  • Surgery. If strabismus is causing amblyopia and treatment with glasses, patches, or drops doesn’t improve the alignment of the eyes, eye muscle surgery might be an option. Surgery also might be done if amblyopia is caused by a droopy eyelid or a cataract.

    Surgery involves loosening or tightening the muscles causing the eye to wander. This type of surgery usually doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay.

  • Eye Exams for Kids

    Kids reach “visual maturity” by about 8 years old; after that, vision problems can be harder to treat. The earlier amblyopia is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances to improve vision and avoid permanent vision loss.

    Sometimes there are no apparent signs of a vision problem, so it’s important for kids to have yearly vision screenings. These exams should begin in the toddler and preschool years so that problems are caught before a child reaches visual maturity.

    Most screenings are done at the pediatrician’s office or at school by the school nurse. If problems are found, your child will be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for further evaluation and treatment.

    Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your child’s vision.

    Date reviewed: January 2017





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    Reaching Your Goals with a CDA certification

    If you love working with children, and are in search of a rewarding career that won t take years of college to obtain, you might consider earning a CDA certification in child development. This certification can take you many places towards your career goals, and many times begins at a nearby child daycare center.

    Definition of a Child Development Associate

    A CDA certificate is generally needed to work in any childcare setting, whether it be a daycare, medical, counseling, or court and legal facilities. Wherever you want your career to go, it will begin in this area with a CDA certificate that allows you to work with children. The certification acknowledges that you are prepared and knowledgeable in child care and development.

    A person who is CDA certified is recognized as a specialist in child care development. If you are seeking CDA certification to further your career, or if your present employer requires that you receive certification, there are some requirements that you must meet in order to apply for your certification.

    Every CDA certification is approved through the state in which you plan to work, but also the Council for Professional Recognition, in Washington, D.C. which issues and renews certifications. There are three types of CDA certifications: center-based settings, family child care settings, and home visitor settings. Each certification has the same basic requirements, but the training will vary slightly depending on the type of job you hold. Many daycare facilities require center-based setting certification, while many state and legal agencies require field workers who have training in family or home settings.

    You are not required to have a degree in order to be CDA certified. Most community colleges offer child development classes that will lead to certification, or, if you currently work in a child care setting, stepping up to a CDA position may be possible. In fact, many employers will require that you receive certification before working directly alone with children.

    CDA Certification Requirements

    In order to apply for CDA certification, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and completed 120 hours of classes (12 college hours) on the subjects required. You will be assigned an observer while you are in training, and the hours will be documented and noted by the observer. Once completed, you will be required to pass a basic written and oral exam, sent to you by the governing council. If the council is confident you display the competency required in child development, you will be issued a CDA certificate, renewable every three years. The study and training are completed in about 12 months.

    Application for a CDA Certification

    During the application process, you will be judged on your level of competency displayed in child care development knowledge, your ability to care for children, your advisor s observations, and parents observations. These are generally questionnaires sent home with parents who will grade you according to their opinions of how you handle children. These notes will be a part of your application to the council, along with documentation of your completed courses of study. The competency standards you will be judged on are safety, health, learning environment, communicative, creativeness, social, guidance, family, professionalism, and management abilities.

    You will be required to include an application fee when applying for your certification. The process may take several weeks before your CDA certification is approved and received. You may find several online classes available for certification. In addition, there is a one-year certification program available for those who have never worked, or not currently employed in a job that directly cares for children. It is also available through the council for certification for a fee, and must be renewed for the three-year certification once your hours of experience are logged.

    For more information regarding a CDA certification. visit your college counselor, child care employer, or contact the Council for Professional Recognition, 2460 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3575, or online at www.cdacouncil.org.

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