At Conductive Care we work a little differently to a longer, group Conductive Education session, as our sessions usually last for 1 hour, but don’t worry this doesn’t mean they are less beneficial! Our sessions are individually tailored and specific, to insure that we are covering exactly what each individual child needs to be working towards.
Here are 5 key aspects that are included in one of our sessions.
1. Lying or, as some parents like to call it, Stretching, however the tasks we do in lying are so much more than that! During lying we get the children to start to initiate their movements and encourage them to carry out the movements independently, as much as they can. This is because in lying, these children will not be working against gravity and therefore the tasks can be easier to do.
2. Sitting. This can be both on the floor with their legs stretched out straight, or crossed legs and also on a stool. All types of sitting will be the start in helping your child control their trunk. This is a heavy part of the body, as is the head, and so sitting is a good way for a child to start to get their trunk muscles working! There balance and spatial awareness will also be tested in these positions, as they will gradually understand that other parts of their body can help them balance themselves, and realise where objects are around them (close enough to help support them or not.) These positions also can help with other things, but for now let’s just stick with the basics.
3. Kneeling. This is an aspect that again, isn’t just carried out in one way. Kneeling can be 4 point (both hands down and on their knees just like a dog) or 2 point/high kneeling, where their weight is through their knees, they are pushing their bottoms forward and they can place
their hands on something high to keep them balanced. Every child will carry out this task differently, but this is where controlling more of the bodies muscles start to become important. In 4 point kneeling, the child is working on putting weight through their hands and knees while also controlling the balance of their trunk and legs. With this there is so much more for them to think about and take in. In 2 point kneeling, the child is working on putting more weight through their knees and keeping their back straight and trunk controlled, whether that is by balancing themselves on with something in front of them or doing so independently, it’s still a lot for their brains to take in.
4. Standing. This is where it all starts to come together! Many of the aspects that a child carried out in lying, sitting and kneeling will all be used again in standing. Their core/trunk balance is needed, their weight bearing through their feet is also used, and at first they will be using their hands to keep them up and weight bearing, but also help balance themselves. Again, there is so much for them to be thinking about, but they get the hang of it quicker than you think!
5. Finally Walking. The most complex part of the session, but also one of the most exciting (in my opinion!). At this point they are using everything they learnt and more! Weight bearing, balancing, trunk control and now movement is added. When making steps whilst holding on to the ladder, at first they may require a lot of manual help with their legs, but those little brains of theirs soon click, and gradually learn what they need to do to lift and place their feet. They will take slow steps and will need less and less manual help, the longer they have been in sessions. Eventually the child can continue what they have learnt using a walker, so they can be more independent.
We won’t go into any more depth than this, but as you can guess this is definitely possible. Over the coming weeks I will talk about each aspect of the sessions in more depth, explaining more about why we do these things and what aspects of a child’s development this helps with, but for now, I hope this comes as an insight into what we get up to during a session. If you want to see more pictures of what we get up to during our session, head over to the gallery section of our website.
Thanks for reading!