it's time to explain what I learned.
This is very holistic therapy... everything is about learning, and improving movement and independence, but the exercises are hidden in fun games and songs... with lots and lots of praise, enthusiasm and trust.
I can't walk... and I can't crawl... not without help.
I can't get myself into a sitting position...
But, I'm much stronger and have new motivation to continue trying
as hard as I can, to do the things everyone else does, without thinking.
We've got a range of new songs and tricks, new language and prompts...
all which will help me to continue getting stronger and stronger.
Here are some of the things I learned and got better at while I was in Adelaide:
I sat on a chair... a regular chair, and held on to a small bar.
I needed some support, but not much.
On the ground, I sat on the floor, cross-legged.
Arm wraps made my arms feel stronger.
Sometimes, I sat all by myself... sometimes, I needed a gentle touch at the back of my head, or on my arm, to remind me to sit strongly. And sometimes, I needed lots of support. Singing songs helped distract me from the sore muscles, and reminded me to sit well.
My arm wraps helped my arms feel stronger. I can't get myself into a crawling position, yet, but I am better at holding myself in this position!
and cool fun games and songs, to distract me while I was learning.
(And to stop me from feeling my sore muscles!)
There was singing while I was walking... but my muscles still hurt. I got much, much better... and much stronger. I am proud of my improvement and my efforts!
I quickly learned to trust the conductors, and even managed to sneak in a few little kisses and cuddles.
There was a lot of pushing and working during my therapy, but there was a lot of laughs and smiles, chats, songs and love... lots of love!
Future Footprints aims to teach those with Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities through Conductive education, to reach beyond what is expected; motivating them to improve, to achieve and to gain independence, socially, physically and cognitively
Future Footprints is Adelaide’s only private and comprehensive Conductive Education (CE) Centre. Future Footprints is an Approved Better Start Provider in Australia.
Conductive Education is a complex education system for children and adults with neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Parkinson’s, stroke related disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
CE teaches participants skills to meet the challenges of everyday life. They need to be active in this process, not just passively ‘receiving’, but more ‘working’ to achieve. Conductive Education focuses on the skills needed to become more independent.