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.
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.
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.
Hand Eye Coordination
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.
Electric Wheelchair Mobility Training
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.
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.
Fine Motor Development
Good fine motor skills enable children to do carry out activities of daily living including feeding or dressing themselves, playing with toys, doing their school work with a pen or typing, using a tablet or using their hands to communicate.
Our Home Videos
Here we have put together a list of our Our Home videos that are suitable for the needs of Butterflies.
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.
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!
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.