Developmental Baby Massage
A Ten Step Plan to Reduce Infant Disabilities
This plan is devoted specifically to assist babies and young children who are developmentally delayed and mothers and fathers who have reason to believe that their baby may be developmentally delayed.
The cranial brain is malleable and adaptable and the patterns created are susceptible to change. In order to change however new patterns have to be created. This is best done following birth in the correct order. However, this can also be achieved in the months and sometimes in the child’s first years.
The ten step sequence of ‘Therapeutic Play’ is to limit disabilities / potential disabilities for babies suspected of developmental delay from birth. Also with babies and young children already suffering from developmental delay.
‘Therapeutic Play’ is best practiced in sequence with lots of loving touch.
These ten steps are to be followed one after the other in the order given.
Each of these steps in development is meant to be achieved according to your baby’s ability and not their age.
To gain the utmost in benefit for your child you must first ensure that your child is fully comfortable in one stage before attempting to progress on to the next.
Some children sit early and walk late while others sit late and walk early. Others have a more difficult start and are slower to develop at first for a variety of reasons. However, a baby’s development is not a race so do not compare the progress of your child to others.
If your baby’s progress slows or stops then you may need to go back a step before he/she can start to move forward again – remember tiny steps is the way forward. These steps can be adapted to suit the individual needs of most babies and young children.
For those ‘stiff’ babies affected by Cerebral Palsy or similar the first step is to heal the whole body spasm that renders the child rigid and prevents physical development of any kind.
This can be achieved relatively easily and then other areas of rigidity can be addressed in a similar fashion to create flexibility before strengthening and coordinating voluntary movement
For those ‘floppy’ babies affected by Prada Willi or similar helping the child to lift and control their head comes first and once this has been achieved further strengthening of the spine will allow coordinate movement.
Step by step from sitting to standing to walking. All of which is best practiced as early as possible before the size and weight of the child makes it all too difficult.
Nature has her own developmental ladder and following the ten steps your child will progress one step at a time. What is desirable is that your child achieves the motor skills they need, not how quickly they achieve them.
Only movement restores movement and the way forward with the correct technique is practice, practice, practice.
Waving toys in front of a child that has stiff arms will not enable him or her to reach out and grasp them anymore than expecting a child to sit and stand normally when their legs and hips are too stiff or too floppy.
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