Child’Space practitioners create an environment and interact in ways that stimulate a baby’s healthy functioning. It is a holistic method in which the practitioner builds on the client’s present resources, awakening and reinforcing core functions while guiding her to use them spontaneously, creatively, expressively. Eventually the practitioner finds ways to bridge that experience (and the confidence of being able to learn) to less familiar, less-developed domains. It is a personalized approach.
The strategy of focusing on learning and functional adaptation makes the Child’Space Method applicable to babies with special needs, or with poorly understood, subclinical or multiple interrelated issues. Here is a list of some diagnoses, for which clients have benefitted through the Child’Space Method. The work can be adapted to help older children as well, including those diagnosed with autism or epilepsy, and those with profound disability.
Child’Space practices may be helpful to children with the following issues or medical diagnoses:
- Refusing tummy time
- Late walking, skipped crawling, or other developmental delays or missed milestones
- Premature babies
- Over or under sensitivity to touch, sound, temperature, textures, movement etc.
- Picky or fussy eaters
- Limited ability to nurse
- Frustration or learning ‘blocks’
- Problems concerning coordination, strength and balance
- High or low muscle tone
- Flattened head or neck tightness
- Club foot
- Hip dysplasia
- Postural issues
- Neurological conditions, such as brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and brain injury
- Genetic or metabolic conditions
- Autism Spectrum
- Down Syndrome
Within these 1,5 years with Child’Space I’ve seen and still see a lot of improvements in Irina (quadriplegic cp) – her spasticity decreased, she began to talk, her posture and the quality of her movements improved, she has much more flexibility in her trunk and her spine, and she became more calm and regulated – and all these is so encouraging, that I decided to choose the Child’Space as a main «therapy» for my daughter. She loves the Child Space lessons more than any other lessons, as it allows her to develop while playing and enjoy the process of learning. I myself became much more confident in interaction with her – in playing, touching, etc. and I would say that I’m much more attuned to her than it was before our Child’Space experience, and she feels it. We understand each other better, and it makes our life easier and happier