Therapies

Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Based Therapies

Medical evidence shows that water therapy aids those with various medical conditions. Hydrotherapy has been used for musculoskeletal and nuromuscular rehabilitation for over 100 years. It has been shown to improve motor performance in children with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida and rett syndrome.

Hydrotherapy is based on the principles of hydrodynamics (buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, and flow) and is thought to provide multiple sensory stimuli through water temperature, weigh relief, and vestibular input.

The properties of the water assist active movement, provide postural support and promote relaxation of spastic muscles, improved circulation, and strengthening, allowing a variety of fundamental motor skills to be performed, relative to an individuals skill level.

Aquatic activities also provide opportunities for social interaction and play, which can facilitate language development and improve self-esteem, self-awareness and a sense of accomplishment.

“I witnessed the calming effect the staff provide to all the children which in turn promotes their learning. The staff were familiar to our child they worked at his educational level reducing the lack of frustration of working at too easy or unattainable levels.”

Art Therapy

Art Therapy sets itself apart as a means of utilising the creative process of art and having a low barrier to entry (anyone can be creative in some form or another).

Art therapy can be especially beneficial to children as younger people are usually less capable and less comfortable expressing themselves via words.
By expressing yourself through art, an art therapist can help you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not of comprehended.

Art therapists can help with processing emotions and feelings of struggle so healing can begin. Since art therapists are trained in the arts and therapy, they are capable of guiding you through the process of creative expression.  They are also quite capable of providing insight into creations and helping with self reflection and understanding.

Art therapy can also help with the development of social skills. For some this can improve sensory, processing disorders. Children are able to explore with messy play and for some this is a great improvement for children who are tactile defensive.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is based on the understanding that all human beings are musical – that is, we all have an innate response to music, this remains unchanged by illness, disability or emotional state. Our music therapist uses musical improvisation informed by therapeutic theories to engage, reach out and support each person, whatever their disability, difficulties or diagnosis.

In music therapy, children and family members can experience music improvised uniquely for and with them. They will have the opportunity to interact and communicate musically and to express themselves in whatever way they can – using their body, voice or percussion instruments. Most of all, they’ll be forming a creative and therapeutic relationship with their peers.

Horse Riding

​We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Quex Park where our children are able to enjoy horse riding.

The simple pleasure of working with horses is the highlight of the children’s week, the children’s experience, the freedom of movement, gaining confidence, building relationships, receiving life enhancing physiotherapy and achieving individual goals.

Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider.

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