What does a programme look like?
A programme consists of two parts as follows.
1. A 20 - 30 minute series of structured activities individually tailored to your child's developmental needs. Each activity lasting between 1 and 5 minutes in length. Although we supply the programme as a structured routine, it can be split, rearranged and re-ordered to fit in with family commitments.
2. A set of developmental recommendations, again uniquely tailored to your child's needs, which are not suitable to be incorporated into a structured programme, but can be incorporated into the general 'lifestyle changes' which will be necessary to help your child develop. Such recommendations might concern nutrition, or exposure to an adapted sensory environment, amongst many others.
How intensive is a programme?
Basically, it is as intensive as you want it to be. Bearing in mind that less repetitions of the programme activities are likely to lead to less progress being made. There are also children who have problems with specific types of sensory hyper-sensitivity, where initially a less intense approach might be recommended. In general terms however, we need to remember that neurodevelopmental problems can have drastic effects upon children, which require more than a weekly thirty minute session of physiotherapy / speech therapy to combat them. Parents should be prepared to work with their child consistently, 6 days per week. Parents who wish to enrol their child on a programme, but maintain this commitment fully are still welcome, but should realise that progress is likely to be slower for their child than a child who is carrying out a full programme.
What are the logistics of the programme?
Most activities which will be prescribed for your child will be able to be carried out by one person. However, certain activities may require two people. You may therefore need to recruit volunteers to help you from within the family or your circle of friends. I find that the inclusion of friends and family to assist with the programme can be beneficial to your child in terms of his social development.