With the overwhelming success of the first round of Movement My First Language workshops in Australia in April 2019, planning for future workshops in Europe and Australia in 2020 is in progress. 

“I feel deeply touched by these two days. I have had many of my questions answered and have new approaches to try. I’ve experienced a lot.” Parent, Sydney Workshop 

Opimising Learning for Children with Special Needs

A two-day interactive workshop for parents, carers, family member, school support staff and medical professionals working with children with special needs.

The workshops are suitable for people working and living with children on the autistic spectrum and who have neurological movement conditions.

You will

  • Learn how movement is a crucial part of child development
  • Learn how a movement based approach helps the brain and body to work together.
  • Gain an insight into the proprioceptive and vestibular systems through movement
  • Build your confidence in helping children learn
  • The importance of touch as communication for children
  • Gain a clearer understanding of movement and independence
  • Recognise opportunities to include learning in everyday activities
  • Gain a better understanding of movement, play and learning
  • Create movement games to enhance skills you already have
  • Recognise how the essential principles of the Feldenkrais Method® can help you optimise learning for children with special needs

Who is it for?

Family members, carers, medical and health professionals, educational staff and people who are in contact with children in some capacity.

Designed to be a space for adults to learn new skills and build confidence, the programme will build on what you already know.  There will be time for discussions, share experiences and to ask questions.

With the focus on functional movement you will learn through sensory and movement systems, before creating new practical approaches to support children with special needs in everyday life.

How will I learn?

This workshop will be highly experiential and will incorporate the presentation of ideas, awareness through movement explorations, video material and interactive small group activities.

Learning through movement is a language in which children are experts. Over the two days you’ll have opportunities to be curious, ask questions and develop your understanding of movement and sensation. You’ll build on your own memories of this language which children already know.

The project is founded on and shaped by the principles of the Feldenkrais Method®.

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