The services offered
to our children as well as pre-school activities include Physiotherapy, Occupational
and Speech therapy, Hydrotherapy and Physchology.
Activities of daily living
are also included in our children's day. Learning to feed themselves independently
(where possible), wash their hands and face, brush their teeth, potty
training, learning to dress and undress are all parts of the daily program.
One of the most important
points to remember when working with children with learning disabilities in
a pre-school environment is that their attention span can be very short. Therefore
we recommend that activities should be very varied and should last no longer
than 20 minutes at which point the activity should be changed.
Music plays a very
important role in our pre-school activities. We have found that children
who respond to no other activity will respond enthusiastically to action
songs and familiar tunes which are repeated. Learning through play and
learning through music are part of our ethos.
Restlessness in our children
can be a problem. They do not like to be confined in the same room for long
spells. We try to overcome this by changing our environment eg. a walk in
the garden, a visit to our playground or a visit to our activity room can
often ease a frustating situation for both staff and child.
Consistency and predictability
are also important points to consider when dealing with children with a learning
disability. The child will feel safe, secure
and happy in an environment where he/she can predict "what is happening
next". Thus the importance of a structured daily routine with allowances
for some flexibility depending on the situation within the group on any given
We take all the above
factors into account when providing our services to the children, to help
them to make the most of their abilities.