Natural Somatic Healing
The Spiral Movement Center offers high-quality, individualized somatic motor-re-education programs for children with disabilities and special needs. We specialize in helping these children creatively revisit gross motor milestones so that they can achieve their highest physical potential. Our programs have been extremely successful with hundreds of kids with autism, ADHD, developmental delays, Cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and emotional and behavioural challenges. SMC’s original, holistic programs use cutting-edge somatic techniques that can help your child regain their love for movement.
Somatic Motor Re-education
The Spiral Movement Center offers world-class somatic re-education services for children with moderate to severe postural and locomotive challenges. We use a innovative, non-invasive intervention call Adapted Spiral Praxis which has been very successful in releasing contractures, improving body tone, and restoring physical mobility for children with cerebral palsy, partial paralysis, ataxia and other conditions. Watch our many videos showing the progress that is possible through the power of holistic somatic re-education.
Adapted Yoga Program
Our Adapted Yoga program has garnered attention from Special Needs institutions both in Canada and the US for it’s simple and effective experiential approach. Designed for teens and young adults with special needs, Adapted Yoga can help individuals to gain better body awareness and strength, to learn how build trusting social ties, and to improve relaxation and self-esteem.
Movement!® is a holistic gross motor program that has helped hundreds of children with special needs revisit the fundamentals of moving, socially interacting, and being creative. Originally created and implemented at the Positive Education Program in Ohio, Movement! has proven effective for children across a wide range of challenges including autism, ADHD, hyperactivity and developmental delays. It is one of the first developmental group motor curricula for kids with special needs implemented in North America.
You two have a magic teaching way
– Rosa T., parent
We definitely struck gold with this one.
"Movement therapy". Hard to describe, but basically it's like re-tracing developmental / foundational / core movements like crawling, and rolling, and building on that to increase the child's ability (and confidence) to "move" and be coordinated. The brain-body connection also proves that it helps him with sensory integration (big time), focus, being centred/ grounded, and learning.
And I'm so proud of him!!!
This stuff is not easy for him. It didn't come naturally. He works so hard.
And now he gives a look like, "Yah, I got this."
It can be exhausting, discouraging and overwhelming raising a child with 'special needs', and you have doubts as to whether the therapies you line up for your child will really make a difference. So finding a therapy that has an impact (and that they enjoy!) is like striking gold.
We definitely struck gold with this one.
My doctor was so surprised how Amanda has progressed.
I have been taking Amanda here to the the Spiral Movement Center for almost 3 years. This work has helped Amanda walk, roll, crawl, explore, interact with me and just be more physically engaged with her environment. I feel without it Amanda would not be what she is today. The doctor said that it was wonderful to see Amanda's development because she is a person who is missing hundreds of genes and yet is still able to reach those developmental milestones and progress.
—Ericka , parent
Your movement classes were a joy to watch
– Ms. April, Teaching Assistant, Early Childhood Education Center East
He enjoys the program a great deal
– Laurie M., parent
Stephanie and Yuji bring a wonderful synergy to their teaching
– Laurie Albright, School Coordinator, Early Intervention Center East
Think personal training, therapist and inventive playmate all in one.
—Karen , parent
A wonderful, warm and caring environment
– Nadine L., parent
Stephanie impressed us dramatically
Marcus now sits with his peers, waits for his turn and participates with others in his group! That is probably my favorite part of the program because I never expected to see it happen. To see one special needs child roll down a mat holding onto the hands of another special needs child, to view this, it can literally take your breath away! We are so pleased with Marcus' continued growth in self regulation, gross motor, independence and confidence. We get reports back from the school telling us that he is doing incredible in gym with participation and direction. They were baffled. We told them about the Movement program. What Movements means to us is "watching possible happen!" We are so grateful.
– Jaime, Fern and Alex, parents and caregivers
Every class is different and challenging
– Charlene S., parent