At the studio
Useful for these kids
Psicomotricità AT THE STUDIO
Before I start this description I need to tell you that I didn't
find the correct translation for “psicomotricità”, so, I will keep
the word in italian. With “psicomotricità” I intend a global view of
In psicomotricità therapy I work with children that comunicate a
problem in an area of their life and parents spontaneosly or with
suggestion of a specialist decide to consult me.
During the first appointment I evaluate and decide with the parents
if I could be of any help for their child.
When I meet a child I focus on his abilities, obviously his
difficulties emerge during the evaluation, but I prefer to put my
attention on his potentialities which become our start point.
Psicomotricità, in the therapeutic context, is adressed to children
( first months of life to 13 years old), that need help to develop
their potentialities. Sometimes they have delay psicomotorio,
behavioral disorders, lack of communication, learning difficulties,
attention deficit or hyperactivity, autism, speech delay, clumsiness.
evaluation with texts and definition of the setting
individual and / or group therapy
periodic re-evaluation with family, multidisciplinary team and
verification of the resultsti
Tools that I use
Space – the studio where I
meet the child is furnished and thought to facilitate therapy.
There are severeal toys, balls, ropes, big rings, animals, dolls,
little caracters, a desk, drawing stuff, castles, pirate boats,
puzzles, constructions and lots more. Usually this space becomes
a “magic place”, filled up with dreams and wishes of the child,
a place where he can experiment new adventures in totally
acceptance and fearless
Play therapy material (carpet,
matress, ball, ropes, specific games, etc)
the bell and the “talking
books and booklets
theatre, mime and masks
graphic arts, painting and
music and musical instruments
me, with all my heart!
welcoming moment – take shoes off, little talk when possible,
remembering what we did last time, deciding what to do
central moment of the session – games, exercises that either the
child or I suggest, using all the space or at the desk.
Sometimes, I just observe for a little the dynamics
moment of separating from involvement of feelings and tidy up. I
usually give the child 10 minutes advice to prepare him. Usually
at the end of the session we read a short story and we talk of
say good bye and a short verbal exchange with parent
In the evening, I dedicate a few minutes to evaluate the session and
I note what's important to keep for the following appointement.
Each child has a specific, individual therapeutic project, based on
his cognitive aspects and on his personal needs. However I'll write
a few aspects that are present very often in different children:
child's observation – potenziality, capacities and difficulties
importance of recognizing the adult as a reference point, that
the child can trust, lean on, learn from and ask for help
build a good relationship that facilitates therapy with joy,
trust and fun.
Respect of the time of each session ,space, objects and respect
of the other person
increasing attention, listening and capacity to wait
increase verbal and non-verbal comunication
During therapy every child, listening to the messages of his body
and of his feelings, has the possibility to express himself in a
safe enviroment,. The exploration activity of the environment
encourages the sensory-motor, symbolic and functional use of objects,
,he is more autonomous in the space and arrives to construct and
organize a game.
Both in individual and in small group sessions I usually support the
child to respect the other person and to be able to wait for his
turn. When it's possible I ask him to organize a short sequence of a
game and to share it. I often work on improvement of mouvement
coordination. I usually ask the child to be aware of his way of
comunicating his wishes and needs, sometimes if present, stereotypes
and problematic behaviours decrease.
* Networking (family - school - health care system) is essential
to optimize the achievement of results.