When: Term 2 each year
Duration of group: 1 hour a week for 6 weeks
Senses Australia’s Early Movers Group is designed to give parents and carers strategies and ideas to progress their child’s gross motor development learning through play. The group targets children aged between 0 – 5 years. It consists of six sessions and is run by physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Each session will have a slightly different focus with information sheets provided and activities to do at home in between sessions. Within the Early Movers support group, we have:
The Sitting Strong group, which is focused on developmental skills including hands to midline, prone, rolling, transitioning from side lying to sitting, sitting and hand use to interact and play with toys.
The Finding My Feet group, which targets important skills for crawling, standing and walking by facilitating and practising transitioning from side lying to sitting and transitions on and off the floor, sit to stand transfers, trunk rotation, weight shift and functional use of the hands.
The Stepping It Up group increases a child’s participation in transitions including on and off the floor, sit to stand and walking. Children are encouraged to develop gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling, standing and walking to increase use and strength of the upper limb and play skills such as switching and cause effect. The group also supports parents and carers to develop handling and positioning skills, while helping children improve muscle tone, strength, coordination, balance and postural control.
Children are required to have a parent or caregiver attend for the duration of each session as will be shown how to facilitate their child to move.