The Sitting Programme is usually the next programme that is carried out following a lying programme, however this isn’t ‘the law’, it is done this way because the programme builds on the previous tasks in the lying programme. It is also in a position where the body has to work slightly more against gravity, but not completely against it, for example when you are standing or walking.
This programme is carried out either on a stool or in a chair (usually a heathfield) the use of either depends on the ability of the child. Each are used for different reasons and help a child work on different aspects of movement. I’ll give you an example of both to help you understand a bit more:
– A chair would be used to help a child keep their trunk stable, this enables them to focus their hard work and ability on moving their arms and legs.
– A stool would be used to encourage a child’s use of their trunk muscles, at the same time as carrying out tasks with both their arms and legs.
So you can see they both are great pieces of equipment for different reasons and a child doesn’t always have to use the same piece of equipment, it all depends on their aims for the session.
The tasks involved in this programme all build upon each other and are again carried out along side the task series. For an example a task could be to march on the spot in sitting or to hold onto a baton and lift it above their head. Throughout all of these tasks they will become more and more aware of their surrounding and how their body moves when using more than one part of their body, like when you lift your arms up you may end up leaning back.
Again as I mentioned in my last blog, during these programmes it is about every child’s ability to be able to carry out a task as independently as possible. As conductors we are there not only to teach these tasks, but also help every child to achieve them whether that is with physical help or verbal encouragement, this gives them the opportunity to feel independent and successful!
I could go on forever, but hopefully this helps you understand the programme a bit more.
Thanks for reading!