Child'Space Method©

Optimising infant development through touch and movement

The Child’Space Method supports and guides parents and babies from birth to independent walking using gentle hands-on innovative techniques.

 

Contemporary research indicates that cognitive and psychological development is influenced profoundly by early experiences.  The way infants perceive, organise and process information directly affects the development of their movement skills and the way they relate to their environment.


Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to organise and re-organise its pathways based on new experiences, can now be observed due to advances in technology and supports the practice of the Child’Space Method.

 

“Because touch, more than any other sense, has such ready access to young babies’ brains, it offers perhaps the best possible opportunity, and one of the easiest, for moulding their emotional and mental well-being.”

- Lise Eliott, 'What’s Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life'

 

How does it work?

Child’Space emphasizes the importance of stimulating all the biological systems in the critical developmental period from birth to independent walking. Involving the parents in the process is at the heart of the method and an essential component of its success.

 

Child’Space fosters new connections between parent and child, through instructive touch, guided movements, and face to face interactions that support both healthy and developmentally challenged babies’ sensory, motor, cognitive and socio-emotional development.

 

In Child’Space parents learn to create an environment of active movement exploration for their baby. They assist the baby in transitioning to meet the next developmental milestone at the child’s own pace, promoting curiosity that leads a baby in a positive direction for learning and physical growth.

The Benefits

  • Creating opportunities for bonding between parent and child through touch, movement, and face to face interaction, in a fun and enjoyable way using song, rhythm and age appropriate play to stimulate and facilitate social relationships
  • Holistic – an approach stimulating and integrating all the senses to empower learning
  • Individualised attention is given to each infant or child with respect to the stage of development, and to their tempo for learning
  • Learning happens in an environment which promotes curiosity and leads each infant or child in a positive direction for physical growth and emotional well-being
  • Developing sensory pathways, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, healthy attachment and a sense of security
  • Stimulating proprioception to increase awareness and position of body parts, a sense of self, building a body image and a relationship to the environment to optimise functional abilities and motor skills
  • Parents, an integral part of the process, are given support and guidance through the developmental sequences, gain confidence in their parenting skills, and in their abilities to support their infant’s or child’s growth and development
  • Activities are suggested for follow up at home between sessions to strengthen awareness and to provide opportunities for further learning.
  • Children respond to the gentle techniques, and gain satisfaction in their achievements, building a sense of pride in their accomplishments
  • Experiences gained through the Child’Space Method facilitate optimal growth during the critical periods of brain development, enriching the lives of parents, families and children, as they reap the benefits from their involvement in the program.

Who Can Benefit?

Parents, caregivers, healthy babies and children, and those experiencing challenges.

 

The method is particularly helpful for conditions such as:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Brain Injury
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Torticollis
  • Delayed or Missed Milestones
  • Low or High Muscle Tone
  • Balance Problems
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulties in rolling, crawling, walking, jumping, climbing
  • Language acquisition
  • Mood regulation
  • Uncomfortable Tummy Time