Children with special needs reap all the same benefits from extra-curricular and school holiday activities as children without additional needs, sometimes more so. However, there is typically a much smaller range of activities offered that cater specifically to the children who need it most.
For children with high physical needs, the options available are fewer still.
This is one of the reasons why Aevum Physiotherapy is proud to offer a range of fun and supportive school holiday classes, which aid the development of children with special needs.
Children with any special needs, including those in wheelchairs, are welcome to participate in these classes, which provide a qualified instructor for every child in the class.
Aevum Physiotherapy classes for kids
Intensive sessions provide an opportunity for your child to have a session every day (or every second day) for one or two weeks during the school holidays. This regularity allows Aevum’s physiotherapists to prioritise one or two of your child’s goals, such as walking unaided, dressing independently or sitting/standing without support. They will help your child work towards these over a short period of time through consistent practice. Frequent repetition of these movements will boost your child’s abilities and help them reach their goals more quickly.
Hydrotherapy sessions are a great alternative to regular clinic/land-based physio. They are not a substitute for swimming lessons. Instead, the natural properties of water simply serve as the perfect environment for teaching physically-challenged children. The buoyancy makes learning skills like hopping and jumping much more achievable and the confidence this instils in children propels them towards conquering even greater goals.
Hydrotherapy sessions also involve lots of varied games and movements to help build core, arm and leg strength so that they feel able to tackle more complicated exercises.
These classes are a great opportunity for your child to meet other kids while exercising. There will be a focus on games involving dance and music, along with some other fun activities that allow your children to relax in a social setting where they are well-supported.
Children will develop ball skills, hand-eye coordination and agility through fun games that involve kicking and throwing. These ball skills classes incorporate a light soccer game, where children can put their new skills into practice, and the class will finish with a social activity like parachute games or dancing to end on a fun note.
Whether your child is just starting out, learning to pedal, learning to ride without training wheels, or up to more advanced steering skills, this class is for everyone learning to ride a bike. The class will begin by breaking down components of riding, and then put it all together for a small group riding game. You can bring your own bike, or use Aevum’s training bikes and equipment.
Please note: All classes are for children with special physical needs, and children must be assessed by an Aevum Physiotherapist before attending classes. If this is your child’s first time attending Aevum Physiotherapy, a free discovery session with an Aevum kids physiotherapist must be booked prior to joining any class. This will allow the class instructors to understand your child and their needs, so they can offer them the best support during class. This free consultation can be booked by calling the clinic to schedule an appointment at any time.
When are classes held? Mon-Fri during winter school holidays at various times.
Where do classes take place? Aevum Physiotherapy, Kirrawee
Who are these classes suitable for? Children with special needs 4-16 years old
How much do classes cost: $60 per 1hr session
How can I book my child into a class? Book a class for your child with Aevum Physiotherapy online. New clients should call the clinic on (02) 8544 3231 to schedule their free discovery consultation before booking.
Do parents participate? No, Aevum has a qualified helper assigned to every child to ensure each child is safe, included and able to participate to their full potential. However, parents are welcome to stay and watch the class.