The game is the best medicine– Lao Tzu
WHY PSYCHOMOTRICITY WITH CHILDREN WITH COGNITIVE DISORDERS?
Cognitive disorders are all alterations or dysfunctions in cognitive abilities: attention, memory, perception, reasoning. From these basic functions come the complex cognitive abilities such as orientation, language, praxic skills, executive functions; they are deficient in psychomotor retardation and genetic pathologies, syndromes, but also in cases of autism, ADHD, learning disorders, etc.
Psychomotricity is of help to children with lacking cognitive abilities because the playful dimension and the ways in which the child experiences and strengthens these skills are motivating and capable of bringing out the potential. The therapist creates the right mediation through tools that characterize psychomotricity such as body, sensoryity, movement, play, graphic and manipulative production. Here too, as in other areas of intervention in Imparole, the use of canned structured games to work on the process, the word and with it “the question” as a key instrument for mediation plays an important role. In fact, the neuro-psychomotor therapy in Imparole is the result of the integration between various methodologies, including the Feuerstein Method and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK DOES THE NEURO AND PSYCHOMOTOR THERAPIST SEE THE CHILD?
Cognitive therapy for cognitive disorders is one-weekly or two-weekly and is often supplemented with speech therapy and/or pedagogical therapies.
HOW CAN THE PARENT HELP THE CHILD EVERY DAY?
Parents are involved in the therapeutic setting in various ways depending on the therapeutic project. The objective is to ensure the bridge between the therapy room and the home to make the therapeutic intervention more effective. The techniques of counselling interview integrated with psycho-pedagogical practices, accompany parents in periodic meetings in order to share objectives, tools and activities to be included in daily life. In this way, the focus is broadened on parental and educational competence, in order to bring it ever closer to the real need of the child and the family context.
HOW DOES THE NEURO AND PSYCHOMOTOR THERAPIST WORK WITH THE TEACHER?
The therapist plans interviews with teachers to understand how the child experiences his or her difficulties at school and whether they affect relationships with peers and teachers.
Strategies are always suggested to facilitate the child’s acquisition of skills within the school context and rules of behaviour that work in a positive sense on his/her feeling of competence.