Most people wont know what a Lying Programme is, what it involves or understand the point of it. The lying programme is where a Conductive Education session usually starts. This is because when you’re lying down and carrying out a task you are working against gravity much less than in standing for example. It is also a way to help recognise your body’s symmetry. Symmetry is important when your child has Cerebral Palsy, because they are less able to realise what specific parts of their body are doing exactly and can forget to use one side of their bodies sometimes.
The children start a lying programme on their backs and the first task they need to do is lie straight. Now this might seem really simple, however for these kiddos this could be one of the most difficult and complex tasks they have to carry out!
I should say before we continue, the lying programme can either be carried out on a wooden plinth as shown here or on the floor. The reason we use the plinths is to help a child be able to feel every part of their body.
Throughout the rest of the lying programme there continues to be tasks, carried out whilst lying on their backs. These tasks build on each other and involve using their legs, feet, hips and arms, as well as tasking using both their arms and legs simultaneously. Once all the tasks on their backs are completed they roll over and end with a few tasks carried out on their tummies.
Each task is carried out along side the task series, part of this is a set rhythm, which is decided by the conductor. This gives every child the ability to initiate, carry out and complete the tasks as independently as possible. The task series, which also sets out the tasks, is a tool to help a child gain intention and active participation. So in other words we do not do the tasks for them‼ We are only there to help and support them in achieving the tasks.
I could go into so much more depth about this, but I just want to help you understand the basics of what exactly it is we do during a lying programme.
Thanks for reading!