Therapies offered at the day service
Details of the therapies offered here at The One Heart Wholeness Centre
- PHYSIOTHERAPY Gebre, our volunteer physiotherapist, has created an individual physiotherapy plan for each child, tailored to help them meet the Aims & Objectives set by the staff team and relevant to improving their mobility. Each plan includes a projection plan based on the disability presented and the assumed progress that each child could make once regularly using their own physiotherapy plan. The staff at the day service work, using these plans, to help each child improve their mobility and the dexterity in their joints. At the staff monthly meetings these plans are reviewed and adapted, using the projected plan created by Gebre, to meet the progress each child has made, new Aims & Objectives are set and their individual physiotherapy plans are adapted accordingly.
- WATER THERAPY During water therapy a child is immersed in the water and is better able to perform exercises. Water reduces the pressure on bones and joints which enable the child to move freely. This benefits the child by strengthening muscle tone, improving coordination and increasing endurance. It is a great way to increase range of motion & agility . It is one of the best therapy tools available because the child does not have to worry about gravity. Water therapy is beneficial for children that are both hypotonic or hypertonic, movement becomes much easier for them , they have increased body awareness, their joints relax and they have improved flexibility and all while they are having fun. During water therapy the children follow the same physiotherapy Aims & Objectives as set for their on land exercises.
- MUSIC THERAPY is a fun way for children living with special needs to improve the dexterity in their upper joints and enhance their sensory motor skills. There is substantial evidence to prove that this therapy helps increase attention span and auditory processing. It can improve behavior, language and cognitive functioning. It has been proven to decrease self stimulation and agitation, increase socialization and enhance sensory motor skills. During music therapy the children listen to a range of Amharic & English children's songs and using hand on hand technique the children are encouraged to make their own music using wooden instruments donated by Layidou; a French organisation that support the project by donating sensory equipment for use in therapy.
- SENSORY ROOM Time in a sensory room helps children improve their visual, auditory and tactile processing as well as fine and gross motor skills. By providing a sense of calm and comfort, sensory rooms help children learn to self-regulate their behaviours , which ultimately improves focus. The sensory room serves two main purposes; it is a safe space for the children to relax and can be used to encourage the children to follow light patterns whilst stimulating them visually. The sensory room is a powerful tool for stimulating their senses.