Pick what you need

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Pick the right ideas for your child

Please follow this advice for the rest of the course: We are now progressing to more complex and bigger movements. This course is designed for a wide range of special needs kids. All children are different, and I don`t know at what level of development your child is. Some of this might seem impossible or too hard, some might seem too easy (but there is still a lot to be discovered here!) But you are the expert for your own child!

  • Again, safety first. If your child has issues with the cervical spine - this is sometimes the case with conditions like trisomy, hypotonus, or severe spasticity - you might skip some of these lessons. Do only what is in the range of everyday movement - like getting a child dressed, or movements you saw your therapist do already.
  • Watch the videos, look for areas that appeal to you, and concentrate on these parts. You are not meant to do everything, every time! Remember: you cannot do too little (the worst result would be slight boredom).
  • a small movement the child can feel is more beneficial than a big one it feels overwhelmed with.
  • The emotional state of a child is more important to the learning experience than the movement itself. Stay happy!

Where do you want to work?

So please look for an area to work with:

  • something the child can almost do (by itself).
  • something it can do, but with a lot of effort (which we want to improve to make it just a bit easier)
  • something that makes YOU happy, because you have the feeling that you are working easily and making progress. Your own feelings are a good indication as well!
  • Another thing to look out for is a great joy from your child - this would mean that it just found and integrated something new and is enjoying that. This is a eureka moment for a learning brain! You have found just the right part of the puzzle - stay there.

That is a very good place to start.

Do the "easy parts" as well, but lightly, and as a kind of warm-up without spending too much time. Then look for the situations described above and concentrate your work there. Work for about 15 to 30 minutes, but don`t feel the need to do everything.