The Jeremy Krauss Approach (JKA) is a method which aims at supporting children with developmental delays with fostering their physical, mental and emotional potentials. The method supports the child in its learning process and in its ability to change. As a result, the child will be able to deal better and more efficiently with developmental challenges.
How we learn
The brain is a self-organising system which at first needs to link and connect to be capable of learning how to roll over, crawl, stand, walk, communicate etc. This primarily takes place according to two basic principles of neurobiology: Firstly, the “shooting” neurons start to connect and secondly, everything that is applied start to form stronger connections. That means that a child finds itself in a continuous learning process during the early stage of its childhood.
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Bring chaos into order
The function of the brain is to sort information so that the world makes sense to us. Special Needs Children often have problems with processes like that and face big motor and sensory challenges in doing so. A special competence of JKA practitioners is to create an efficient framework in which children can master these challenges in a playful, attentive and respectful way. In the work with Special Needs Children, the relationship to the child and the awareness of its needs for safety, security and well-being play a substantial role.
See, describe, sense, apply
The ability to see, sense, describe and apply movements in early childhood development is the very basis of the work of a JKA practitioner. In doing so, an exact picture is created showing which abilities have already been formed and which ones do still preoccupy the child in its development at the moment, and also which elements might be offered for supporting the further development. This will take place on both the motor and sensory level.
Models of early childhood development
As a useful guide and in order to be able to see developmental changes and advancements more clearly, the Jeremy Krauss Approach makes use of different models. These models are either oriented towards what phase the child is in or towards the child’s predominant relationship to gravity. One model, which has been very helpful in practical application, was developed by Jeremy Krauss himself and complies with the progressively forming abilities (Progressiv Developmental Ability Formation Model).