These resources are for our Butterflies who have profound and multiple learning and physical difficulties.

Butterflies is our term for children and young people who have profound and multiple learning and physical difficulties which may also be associated with complex medical and health needs.

It is likely that these children will spend most of their time in a wheelchair or supportive seating system (or in your arms if they are still very small). They rely on your help for most of their activities of daily living, play and stimulation. They experience the world mostly via their sensory systems – touch, sight and hearing – maybe enjoying music, sensory toys, lights and physical contact. They mostly communicate via facial expression, hand gestures or other non-verbal communication.

Core stability in profound and complex medical and health needs

Resources for wheelchair users with learning difficulties

These resources are packed with ideas, information and external links to help your Butterfly play and exercise while at home. Each idea or activity has a therapeutic twist so that you know that everything you are doing is helping your child’s health and well being as well as being great fun.

Massage

Indoor activities for kids including massage

Massage can help to relax tight muscles and other soft tissues. This page gives advice and demonstrations of how to use massage in your home.

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Home Exercise

How to exercise at home for children with disabilities

Exercise is important for everyone – for long term wheelchair users as much as anyone. This page gives ideas and external resources for getting exercise into your child’s day.

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Hand Eye Coordination

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Hand eye coordination is the relationship with what we see and how we use our hands. This page gives ideas for improving your Butterfly’s hand eye coordination at home.

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Electric Wheelchair Mobility Training

Powered wheelchair mobility training and exercises

Great ideas and activities to help your child to learn to use an electric wheelchair. 

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Core Muscle Strength

Core stability refers to the strength in your tummy and back and the amount of control and balance between the two sets of muscles. This page gives ideas of how to improve your Butterfly’s core.

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Upper Body Exercises

We need good shoulder, elbow, wrist hand and finger strength to carry out our hand and fine motor activities including playing and activities of daily living such as eating.

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Messy Play

Messy play is great for exploring new sensations and getting lots of feedback without having to put in too much movement or effort.

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Our Home Videos

Here we have put together a list of our Our Home videos that are suitable for the needs of Butterflies. 

Boccia

Some quick creative ideas for games to play with socks, for all abilities. Learn to play the famous Boccia, which you can play by yourself, with someone else or in teams.

Bear Hunt

This bear hunt is suitable for children who spend much of their time in wheelchairs. You can use lots of objects that you can find around your house to create this!

Salt Dough

Playing with salt dough is a great way to strengthen hand and arm muscles for fine and gross motor skills for all children but especially for those with weak hands or poor fine motor skills.

Laser Quest in a Box

This video is suitable for those children who are in wheelchairs or are less mobile. You can create the laser string quest in any object and include lots of sensory objects for your children to collect.

We also have resources for:

More resources coming soon!

Imaginative Play

coming soon

Communication and Play

coming soon

Fine Motor Skills

coming soon

Music at Home

coming soon

Vestibular Activities

coming soon

Proprioception Activities

coming soon

Calming Activities

coming soon

Apps

coming soon

Crafts

coming soon
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