At School for Parents, most of our work involves children with motor learning difficulties or motor development delay. We encourage these children to develop basic motor, sensory and self help skills such as sitting, standing, touching, listening, looking, eating and playing. Children are grouped by their age, specific needs and abilities.
The early intervention that we offer quickly benefits young children with cerebral palsy, or other conditions caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls movement. With the help of our specialised programmes and strategies, children learn to overcome their physical challenges and, so, their challenges to learning.
Specialist help for children with Down’s syndrome
We’ve also developed a range of special communication projects for children with Down’s syndrome, who respond well to the structured repetition of fun songs, rhyme and play. These programmes are designed to follow the guidance of the Symbol UK organisation and are delivered by a qualified Symbol UK worker.
Our programmes for children with Down’s syndrome also included structured motor development activities.
Support for parents of disabled children
A key part of our work is to help parents understand and accept their child’s disability and teach them how to help their child. All too often, parents of disabled children don’t know where to turn – they may feel isolated, powerless or depressed.
Our staff give parents and siblings the emotional support they need to help them cope, as well as offering practical advice and information. We also give parents the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and offer each other mutual support.
To find out more about the specific services we offer, please click here.