Areas of Development

PLATYPUS (8 weeks to 6 months)

We learn lots of massage techniques in our 45 minute classes. Massage builds muscle tone and strengthens the bond between the carer and the baby. These classes are for all babies under 7 months of age. There is emphasis on gentle vestibular stimulation, muscle tone and body awareness. We also have a look at their early reflex inhibition. Music plays an important part in our lessons for their Temporal awareness and language development. We have precious equipment time for their motor skills which integrate all they have learnt through their senses.This is a parent/baby focused class where parents are given valuable knowledege both verbal and written to facilitate their babies natural development.

GOANNAS (7 months to 12 months)

Once your baby begins to creep they are ready for the challenge of the mobile programme and so are you ! Less time for massage and more time for strengthening skills for crawling . There is more emphasis on body awareness, visual and auditory activities.We work on ladders to help build those muscles needed for walking. They need new balancing skills, adjustment of visual perception and increased muscle tone. They will start to take part in the musical activites by rocking , swaying or singing. At Gymbaroo we will give you many take home ideas to enable you to have fun and explore with your baby as you do at Gymbaroo.

PENGUINS (13 to 18 months)

They are starting to waddle like penguins and are practising their balancing and body awareness skills. They are developing good body awareness so like to explore tunnels. Now they are upright, their eyes and ears need to adjust for seeing and understanding their new world. We help them develop good muscle tone through wheelbarrows, hanging by their hands and climbing steps. During mat time we encourage their own use of fingers in finger plays and the use of musical instruments independently.

KOALA (19 months to 2 yrs)

They are now more confident at walking so they can run and climb and balance. We know they are in the bi lateral stage of development meaning that both sides of the body are working together.They have good muscle control and have imrpoved their skills with their hands in terms of focus and control. During mat time we encourage them to listen and respond to an instruction. Very specific ball skills are introduced and worked on each week.

WALLABY/KANGAROO (2 to 3 )

This 2 yr old year is an important year of change in both fine motor skills and speech. Their hand grip is developed ready for a pencil grip. They are now moving into the next stage of development called Laterality. Class times are more structured as they can begin to improve their concentration. They enjoy puzzles and games that involve eyes guiding the hands and moving objects from one side to the other ( crossing the midline) .Repetition is vital for this age group . We will also start to introduce the concept of doing one thing with one limb and something different with another limb. Sensory integration is developing and a preferred hand and foot is required from now on.

POSSUMS (3 to 4)

Areas where instructions are required will now increase in complexity. Repetition is again vital for the neural pathways to open up. We use team work and sensory motor stimulation on our large equiment to develop their sensory integration and laterality. Following instructions and sitting in a group are practised. They are encouraged to perfect their abilities in cross patterning while they hop, skip, throw and catch. Early reading will be introduced in this class.


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