Supporting Special Needs Children in the phase of growing is a major challenge for us as practitioners and guides. Each child is unique. Therefore, we aim at tailoring the individual lessons to the potentialities and needs of every child. In doing so, we make use of different methods from the Jeremy Krauss Approach in order to ensure an optimal support of your child’s learning process.
The quality of contact is vital
Special Needs Children require a special kind of contact: careful, sensing and restrained. As Feldenkrais® and JKA Practitioners, we have learnt to use different methods such as ATM (Awarness through Movement) and SAM (Sensory Active Movement) to explore and sense movement and difference in sensory feeling. We build a form of communication based on sensations and touches that allows us to learn together with your child. This provides an important basis for the quality of contact in the individual work with children.
Success breeds the joy of doing
Curiosity and interest combined with the experience how to successfully deal with challenges drive us forward and let us grow. The challenge is to discover what preoccupies your child at its current stage of development and how to arouse its curiosity. We attempt to offer your child various possibilities of dealing with current development challenges on its own. An independent achievement links a positive sense of accomplishment to the learning process and your child will experience the joy of learning.
Variations in place of repetitions
In order to learn new motor skills or to improve those already learnt, we need more than simple repetitions. We place particular importance to variations that are functionally related to the respective issues. Hence, these variations form the leading thread throughout our sessions.
Gaining new perspectives
Being able to process and sort information, the brain must have the ability to perceive sensory differences. This is often very challenging for children with developmental deficits. However, through targeted exercises we search to evoke specific sensory differences that will help your child in its further development. When the perception is changed, the motor skills are improved and vice versa.
Attachment to the child
The Attachment Theory according to John Bowlby and the Emotional self-regulation Theory as a modern “update” of the Attachment Theory are the cornerstones of JKA. In our individual lessons your child will experience an environment characterised by security and comfort – the foundations of confidence and attachment. Only when a child feels comfortable, it is able to learn.
Each child is extraordinary and possesses singular potentials in the formation of a complex, widely linked and lifelong adaptive brain.
Whether or not the brain succeeds in unfolding these dispositions essentially depends on if a child – as confirmed by the latest brain and educational research – is able to develop a feeling of confidence, security and comfort in the intensive relationships with various people.
If such ideal development conditions are available, a child learns to consider new situations and experiences as a challenge and not as a threat, and the interconnections in the brain are extended, further developed and consolidated.1
1Our translation; original: Prof. Hüther: Die Bedeutung emotionaler Sicherheit für die Entwicklung des kindlichen Gehirns. In: Kinder brauchen starke Wurzeln. Karl Gebauer/Gerald Hüther, 2005, p.5ff).