It involves the evaluation of the whole person and their development from a neurological perspective, nevertheless taking into consideration the quality of patterns of coordination, sensory-motor problems, perceptual-cognitive impairment, emotional social and functional problems of the daily life as well. It is also used in the management and treatment of children who have disorders of function, movement or postural control because of damage in their central nervous system (e.g., cerebral palsy).
A relationship between physical movements and cognitive and social-affective aspects. The therapy works through a range of movements aiming to achieve a body awareness (brought into time and space) and consequentially the cognitive, affective and relational aspects, which are integrated in the capacity of being and acting in a psychosocial context.
Starting from the assumption that it is based on the reality of things that we can see and observe, it aims to offer a broader overview of the infantile behaviour in the main development domains: cognitive, communicative, linguistic and social. It is important to observe and record everything that happens in each situation and to be aware that the meaning of a behaviour can only be acquired if it is observed in its development.
Whether the behaviour is problematic or not, its observation is what will best help us to understand the personality of the child in front of us.
At TheChildrenTherapist, we focus on helping families to fully understand the situations in which they find themselves, whether it is a problem at school, a difficulty in managing emotions or a delay in language, and to find the most suitable treatments to overcome those difficulties.
Before starting a rehabilitation / habilitation process,
it is important to explore the level of general "functioning" of the child
through a direct observation and assessment of the levels of competence achieved in the various areas of development
The child does not play to learn,
but they learn because they play