The standing programme is the 3rd programme within a Conductive Education session. This is where everything learnt throughout the previous two programmes are brought together and used in a position where the body is completely working against gravity, so therefore much harder!
The equipment used within this programme is usually a wooden ladder (as seen in this picture) and for the more advance or to mix it up now and again, parallel bars and ladder back chairs are also used. Children will also use equipment such as arm splints to help keep their elbows straight, in order for them to be able to concentrate on pushing up through their feet and keep their boy standing up.
A standing programme can start in a few different positions, which is chosen by the conductor or indicated in a conductor’s task series and yes a task series is used again within this programme. Tasks, as in other programmes, build upon each other and gradually get more difficult. As an example one of the first tasks would be to simply stand whilst holding onto the ladder. Simple for use, but for kids or adults with Cerebral Palsy or other neurological disorders this can be very difficult. The tasks then continue with keeping the standing position whilst moving the arms or legs or both. Gradually more difficult tasks are carried out while keeping their balance and their bodies standing up.
Throughout this programme, as in others, conductors are their not only to lead the programme, but also to support the work of the children or adults. They help them to enable the tasks to be completed and giving them success and belief in themselves. Gradually this help is changed and used less until they can carry the task out independently!
I could really go on and on, but for now that explains the basics of the programme and I know that helping a child or adult stand can be one of the best feelings for both them and me!
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