For kids with Autism, ADHD, FASD and other similar conditions, studies show that vigorous activity for more than 20 minutes can help decrease stereotypical behaviours, hyperactivity, and aggression. Exercise not only helps children with autism better engage in the environment, but it also helps promote weight loss and leads to better overall health. Full-body exercises are best for kids with autism to increase coordination, strength, endurance, and body awareness.
Physiotherapist, Aimee Dawson, has extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities, particularly children with Autism. She is trained in The Alert Program® and will be incorporating evidence-based approaches of self-regulation and sensory processing to these classes.
We are collating expressions of interest for an April 2018 school holiday program. Each Fitness Club session will be in small groups of up to 4 children. Attendees will be matched in groups with young people of a similar age and gender to foster friendships and social connections.
An hour Fitness Club session will be $75 per child. Dates and times to be determined based on families' needs and preferences; prices may be updated. Any questions can be directed to Therapy Coordinator, Caris Jalla: firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 6280 0857.
Aimee is a Physiotherapist with over 7 years of experience working in the Disability Sector in Perth and Broome. As an experienced clinician, Aimee provides assessment and intervention expertise for children and young adults at the PATCHES clinic in Nedlands.
She has experience working with children and young adults with a range of different disabilities, including FASD, Autism, GDD, ID, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other rare conditions.
As a physiotherapist Aimee is trained to assess and treat problems with how the body moves. Physiotherapy assesses movement, coordination and posture. Physiotherapists work with children and families and can recommend treatments using exercises, play, and special equipment.
Aimee is trained in the Alert Program which is designed to assist children and young adults with self-regulation so that they can participate in daily tasks more effectively.
The Alert Program® for Children
The PATCHES-Paediatrics Alert Program® for children is a behavioural modification program designed for children, families and educators. The Program teaches about a child’s alertness levels and provides strategies to help keep a child’s internal engine (alertness) running just right.
* How does your child’s engine run?
* Does it run in high gear, low gear or just the right gear?
Our engine levels go up and down throughout the day, which can make it hard to pay attention, learn and play and do the things we like to do. The Program focuses on improving a child’s own executive functioning and ability to self-regulate their behaviours by assisting a child understand how their own internal engine runs. The Program works closely with the child and their families and is practical by design.
The Alert Program ® can be undertaken in either 6 or 12 individualised sessions for families, carers, or educators.