You will not be required to ‘exercise’ in the normal sense of the word. Our playful activities are mainly slow and steady movements and your role will be to help your child to learn to do them accurately.
The activities will be demonstrated and you will be able to practice with your child in the session.
We recommend children from 4 years upwards for the individual program. If you choose to use it with a younger child, it may take longer and you will have to be patient and playful.
Babies and toddlers can follow a developmental infant program tailored to their needs and age.
Aim for every day if you want to get the best from the program, but if you miss the occasional session that is not a disaster! Little and often is best. Brain changes occur with frequent repetition. Daily practice for 3-4 weeks is needed to achieve this.
We recognise that there will be times when your child or you will be too tired or feeling unwell. Also special family events may mean that there is little time to fit in the exercises. If this happens you should try to get back on track as quickly as possible.
You will learn our sensory routine first. It doesn’t mean that we consider that your child has a sensory disorder. It prepares the body and brain for the rest of the program. This is also an enjoyable and relaxing way to end the day and help your child sleep. Many parents enjoy it as part of the bedtime routine. Any time of day is suitable for the most of the other activities but, we find that parents often find it is easier to set up a routine at the start.
Find a time when it suits you and your child. When possible, you both need to feel alert rather than tired, as we all learn better when feeling fresh. There are some movements which should be avoided at bedtime as they are more stimulating than most. You will be told about this.
Plan ahead for holidays. Have a short break.
If there is illness, take a break. Continue doing the activities for a little longer to make up for lost time.
Do little and often. If your child finds difficulty being still, try the sensory routine when your child is in the bath or as you dress your child. Ensure touch is firm and slow and take time for your child’s system to adjust. Follow the moving child… … It is possible to use the sensory routine when the child is asleep. Start very slowly and gradually, but still firmly.
Pyjamas are soft, have no bulky pockets, buttons or zips, so they are great for before bed activities. Similar comfortable clothing that is easy to move in is good for daytime activities for both you and your child.
Contact us for clarification. That’s important.
Your child’s program is designed from the physical assessment results and the behavioural assessment you complete for your named child. It is for use with that child. See terms and conditions.