The training is based on your child’s present development stage, your child’s situation and motor development via gross motor function activities, structured games, sensory stimulation, and functional training.
Stamina (physical fitness training)
Your child is challenged in order to increase the pulse and oxygen uptake. There are many ways to train stamina, all depending on level and purpose of the intervention. The smaller children are often challenged via games; e.g. jumping the trampoline, rolling around, or crawling under, through and over obstacles. When we work with older children with more resources, the activities have a relatively high intensity over a longer period of time and can include bicycling, treadmills, pools, or working with various games and activities outdoors. In case of endurance training, a movement is repeated many times, and this will also help increasing the representation in the brain of the involved muscles (motor cortex).
Your child is challenged in order to train specific muscle groups. Muscle training is used to improve general and specific muscle functions. For the youngest children with few resources, the training will largely consist of general muscle training and therefore consist of gross motor functions introduced via games. For the older children, the exercises will typically be leg press, getting up/sitting down, heel lift, and stepping on one leg. Most exercises can be graded individually with a weight vest. When your child is familiar with the training, the complexity of the programme is increased and may include home training. Training of children and young people is planned to be fun and thereby motivating.
At Børneterapien, we have a 2x6 m hot water pool. It has an elevation bottom, and the water is 35°C. This gives us the opportunity to train children with different disorders. Pool training consists of several elements. The buoyancy in the water provides a condition of weightlessness. When they are in the water, children that have difficulties moving on the ground can now move their arms and legs more easily or even walk. The hot water relaxes a tense musculature or relieves pain, and it can be a haven for children with room to smile and play. The water resistance also makes the pool a great place to train muscles, physical fitness, and breathing. The turbulence and movements created in the water constantly affects the child and is therefore also a way to train balance.
Guidance and direction
Parents, social educators, and others close to the child can receive guidance and good advice as to how they can stimulate the child’s development with ideas and games. When children use their skills in everyday-life, these skills are automated and developed. We can also demonstrate stretches, provide idea/training programmes, demonstrate and inform about transfers and the right technique for lifting and carrying.
Our physiotherapists can guide you concerning testing, adjusting, and applying for helping aids, e.g. chairs, standing frames, walkers, and bicycles. At Børneterapien, we have a selection of different helping aids; shoes, walking aids, bicycles, and standing frames for testing and sometimes also for borrowing prior to further decisions and applications. We also arrange contact to specialists such as prosthetists, shoemakers, and orthopedists.
We work in a structured manner with pictures to make it easier for your child to cope with the training, just as we can support communication with Signed Speech.