WHAT TO EXPECT AT AN INDIVIDUAL LESSON:
Each lesson begins with simple activities which help baby to feel her body parts more clearly and serve to calm her at home. These activities are followed with an exercise that is tailored to the precise skill baby will benefit from learning next. It is the skill that her brain and body are ready to do, she just does not know it. As we show her, we witness her first kicks, rolls, or crawls. These hands-on skills are taught to parents for daily practice with baby at home. The skills include bending and straightening the leg, rolling her on her side, and showing her how to open her palm so she can better push her upper body off of the floor. These lessons are playful and baby enjoys them. Lessons often end with a song, while emphasizing the components of speech development while singing to baby.
60 minutes is allocated for each lesson, but babies only need 10-15 minutes to learn something new. This leaves time to feed or change baby as is necessary. We understand that this is part of baby’s routine and time is included in the lesson to allow for these activities to occur as the lesson proceeds. With regular lessons, baby’s ability to focus expands from the 15 minutes to a 45 or 60 minute focused lesson. At the end of each lesson, baby is usually tired from learning and should nap.
The best time to schedule a lesson is when baby is usually at her best, often before or after a nap.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A GROUP CLASS:
The group lesson consists of a small group of mothers and babies at approximately the same developmental stage. The teacher demonstrates on a doll while the mothers work with their babies. After awhile, the teacher moves around the class giving individual skills to each mother for precisely the next micro-skill the baby is ready to learn. Each mother may learn a different skill because each baby is unique. Class ends with songs performed in a circle while holding babies and bouncing to the music….they love it!!!