For Additional Learning Needs, Autism and Challenging Behaviour

                                   Sensory movement and communication

The ‘Sensory Movement and Communication Sessions’ are about keeping the inner healthy connections alive. The idea is to keep alive the movement impulse the root of all development  as well as replace intellectualized movement which tends to encourage dissociation of mind and body with harmony and well-being through breathing, muscular fluctuation and feeling (Bartenieff 2002).

In the ‘Sensory Movement and Communication Sessions’ a bombardment of positive experiences beyond the boundaries of ordinary everyday activities is established. There are three major assumptions concerning its practice:

  • Movement is the language used
  • The relationship between the therapist and the child/adult through movement supports and enables behavioural and emotional change
  • Significant changes occur on the movement level that can affect total functioning.

A typical session consists of:

1. A welcome creatively using gesture and movement
2. Warming up the energy of the body
3. Grounding through rhythmic games

4. The creative space to sing, dance, share and be seen
5. breathing, balancing and belonging organically
6. A goodbye time verbally or non-verbally creatively using gesture and movement.

The benefites are increased happiness and development of communicaton and social skills as well as relaxation techniques that improve the overall health and wellbeing of each individual.

The cost for group sessions is:£75 and for 1 to 1 is £35

                       Movement Psychotherapy

This form of therapy provides a way for me as the therapist to establish the channel of communication that is necessary in order to learn the feelings and the personality of the child or the adult with additional needs. The universal language of movement is the language used because it is non-verbal.

Being able to express in random and controlled ways what it is they are needing to communicate and having the situation and the environment cope with this in ways that allow him/her to adapt to the space around.

In this interacting and exploring I am witness to movement patterns showing how they are communicating and relating and this in essence is the beginning of therapeutic intervention as they learn skills by adapting for example to the music through their ideas and movements.

The goal is to channel the communication patterns into ‘dances of relationship’

The starting point is understanding and joining them and respecting the organic timing for building a relationship of trust.

The cost for individual sessions is: £40

 

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