Sophie specialises in working with special needs children and babies with a wide range of needs and conditions. Her extensive experience has helped many children and their families to develop and learn beyond their limitations. Sophie uses gentle, non invasive approaches where children learn new abilities, gain confidence, develop communication and behaviour, and learn to live with increasing independence and well being. Sophie works with respect, warmth and humour allowing the children to realise more of their potential. She has worked with children with a wide spectrum of needs including:
● Cerebral Palsy, spasticity due to accidents and premature birth, brain injury, childhood stroke, autism spectrum, genetic disorders, different forms of epilepsy, down syndrome, congenital brain defects, brachial plexus injury, scoliosis, undiagnosed developmental delays and difficulties, perception difficulties, muscular dystrophy, attention deficit disorder, movement difficulties after accidents or surgery
● learning difficulties
● behaviour difficulties
Read testimonials on Sophie’s work with children here: Testimonials, Children.
More about working with children:
When a child cannot not sufficiently move, whether it be intentionally, or involuntarily – as we see in the many involuntary movements of a new born – the child misses out on the complex variation of movements which lay the foundation for developmental learning – not only of movement skills, but also elements of cognition and behaviour.
Feldenkrais method can help to evoke this organic learning process for special needs children, helping the child to learn new ways of functioning. With a basis in neuroscience, Feldenkrais method does this by using movement to send new information to the brain. The skill that practitioners have to provide this information creates new and relevant neural pathways in the child’s brain. This process helps the child to learn new ways of moving, acting, behaving, and perceiving them-self. Helping a child to improve their ability to perceive them-self and act as they intend, can improve all areas of a child’s life, be it physical, emotional, or mental.
In addition to her extensive clinical experience Sophie has completed considerable post-graduate training for working with children with special needs and learning difficulties, including becoming a certified practitioner of the Jeremy Krauss Approach for Special Needs Children and Child Development and Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners with Theory and Techniques from Anat Baniel Method (sm) for Children, taught by Nancy Aberle.
More about Jeremy Krauss Approach (JKA) for Children:
The primary focus is on helping Special Needs Children develop their potential and abilities – physically, mentally and emotionally.
It supports a child to learn, change and overcome developmental challenges of various kinds through a process of Progressive Developmental Abilities Formation.