Optimising Learning for Children with Special Needs.
Movement My First Language is a project for adults who live or work with children with special needs. Build your confidence in using movement as a means of empowering learning.
Learning through movement is a language that children are experts in. Movement My First Language is designed to build on the knowledge, skills and training adults already have. With the focus on functional movement you will learn through your sensory and movement systems first, before creating new practical approaches to support children with special needs in everyday life.
The workshops will be in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in April 2019.
What can Feldenkrais do for children & teenagers?
Feldenkrais is about learning in a sensory way. It is grounded in the belief that everybody can learn, grow and develop, regardless of abilities. It is a subtle yet powerful through-the-body movement approach that respects the incredible abilities of the nervous systems and the plasticity of the brain. Working with movement, a Feldenkrais approach unites parts of the self to organise for better everyday functionality.
How do I work with children & teenagers?
I work with how your child already moves. Working in a gentle, playful, non-invasive way, I am looking to invite your child to learn how to move more independently through their own intelligence and sensation. I am not finding ways to fix, solve or correct problems. With my guidance and expertise, your child is empowered to feel changes through their body; these sensations enable your child to solve their movement challenges. My approach is hands-on, using touch.
I work with children of all abilities.
Sessions generally last 40 minutes and take place on the floor, or a low-padded table, or with the child sitting with their adult.
I understand the extra needs and requirements that comes with being a parent and carer of a child who requires more support. I work closely with the family to ensure sessions compliment already established routines using the toys, objects and symbols which are familiar to your child.
What is your background experience?
My Feldenkrais work with disabled children and teenagers is developing from over 17 years of working in family support – working closely with families with disabled children to make every day a little easier.
Alongside this I have worked with special needs children and young people’s charities, special needs schools and colleges, and in residential homes for young adults with challenging behaviours. I have a DBS check, 2018.
I have personal experiences of hemiplegia cerebral palsy. This diagnoses led me to have operations when I was younger, physio routines, leg splints, shoe and arm orthotics, scans and walking equipment. After all the different medical approaches, advice, gadgets and routines I have encountered, Feldenkrais has been the most positive and influential approach to improving my cerebral palsy.
Since qualifying as a Practitioner I continue my career development by attending advanced trainings, the latest training was in summer 2018, ‘Feldenkrais for special needs children’ taught by Feldenkrais Trainer Arlyn Zones.
Scroll down to find out more about how Feldenkrais is beneficial for children who require a little more extra support and attention.
Profound & Multiple Learning disabilities
Autistic Spectrum Condition
Supporting Families & Carers
Feldenkrais & cerebral palsy
Independence Coordination Balance
In our sessions I work with how your child is already moving. It could be they’re already rolling, sitting, crawling or walking and are wanting to move onto the next stage but they’re a little stuck.
Working with your child, we begin to explore parts of the movement puzzle, which they are ready to learn, enabling your child to piece the puzzle parts together in their own way, to find ways to move more independently.
Through a delicate and respectful approach your child will begin learn through movement and sensation, a language they already know, to piece the puzzle together. Using a hands-on approach I support and gently guide your child’s movement through touch.
This respectful way of working is calming. It can help with spasms, involuntary movements and softening high tonus of muscles, inviting your child to engage in the world around them in a more meaningful way.
Feldenkrais is fantastic for
Development delay | Coordination | Communication
Feldenkrais & Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)
Comfort Respect Support
Feldenkrais is a calming, gentle approach to improving through movement. It can be used to support pain management, postural care, wheelchair supports, physio routines.
My way of working supports your child’s ability to learn and how your child is already moving, whether this is gentle and knowing eye movements and subtle body language or larger developmental movements such as rolling, sitting and crawling.
Learning through movement and sensation is a language your child understands so I give this priority. I use a supportive hands-on approach to gently guide your child’s movement, giving them opportunities to learn at their own rate, finding ways to move more independently and comfortably.
I work with your child’s bouncing movements, their guiding hands, their bubbling vocalisations and the symbols and objects they know.
Feldenkrais is fantastic for
Global Development Delay | Undiagnosed learning disabilities | Complex learning difficulties | Developmental delay
I have experience and training with children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and understand that many children will have complex medical conditions and routines.
Feldenkrais & Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
Calming Connecting Engaging
My way of working supports your child’s ability to learn. During our sessions I work with how your child is already moving, whether this is his or her bouncing, spinning, tip toeing movements or flapping hands and bubbling vocalisations.
I use a hands-on approach to guide your child’s movement using touch and verbal conversation as required. In a supportive, respectful way your child will be invited to slow down and learn through sensation.
This approach calms their nervous systems down, inviting them to breathe a little more and be in a situation where they can learn how to move in a more connected way. Calmer and more connected, your child can engage with the world around them in a more meaningful way.
Working with touch, where non-verbal communication and body language is given priority I work with your child’s habits, not against them. I can work with symbols and objects they know.
Feldenkrais is fantastic for
Communication | Melt downs and tantrums | Coordination
My previous training includes autism behaviour management and supporting autistic people with challenging behaviours to communicate more effectively.
I have experience and training in Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and familiar with the different approaches that are used to support ASC – deep pressure therapy, sensory integration, repetition techniques, behaviour management strategies, communication and anxiety approaches. All of these influence how I work with children and teenagers using Feldenkrais, and I can use them if required.
Feldenkrais & supporting families and carers
I understand the extra needs and requirements that come with being a parent and carer of children who require more support. I suggest family members or carers come for 1 or 2 individual session for themselves. This will help you to understand more about Feldenkrais and how works with yours and your child’s abilities to learn, develop and grow. It will also help you feel calmer and more grounded as you manage the challenges of daily life.
A session lasts around 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the child’s needs. 1 adult is invited to stay with the child for the whole session.
£40 for a 40 minute session. £50 for 1 hour. Prices may differ depending on travel and location.
Venue: In and around London. Home visits or I travel to where is suitable.
Home visits are sometimes available. Please contact me for information and prices.
Image credit: Laura Montag. Images taken from my project Stick-Stuck: a curious place to play.