Gympanzees' Video Webinars

Book your Zoom Session now or find out more by emailing maddie@gympanzees.org

Our Video Webinars are hosted on Zoom and are run by specialist paediatric therapists. There are usually two or three sessions per week and they are free to attend. The sessions are kept small in numbers, with a maximum of only 4 families per session to ensure the sessions are geared specifically towards the children.

The sessions are informal and very relaxed. You can attend with your microphone off and/or camera off if you want or get involved in discussions and ask questions specifically related to your child. It’s completely up to you how involved you get!

Upcoming Video Webinars

Join Annie for our next Zoom Webinar on Autism and communication apps.

This talk involves looking at some of the different apps currently available, including Proloquo2Go and Grid 3, seeing how they work and how easy they are to program. We are specifically looking at communication and Autistic children who are nonverbal or preverbal. This requires a unique mindset when deciding what to program for social communication and choices. We will include tips to have fun with these apps, look at bespoke ways to start out with your child and problem solve your communication app questions.

Annie Kingston is the director of Autism Bristol, a local company providing bespoke, fun and high quality speech therapy for 0 – 25 year olds. She was born and trained in Australia however has been working in the UK for long enough now to be used to the rain. She has 2 main areas of focus: cerebral palsy and autism. She worked in the NHS as a lead in autism before taking a radical change and becoming a manager of therapy department of a Scope school in Cardiff for children with cerebral palsy. She loved doing joint therapy in a hydro session but as the years went on, she became more interested in the development of eye gaze technology which has the power to change someone’s life in such a profound way. She loves working in Autism for the same reason. Working with children that are pre-verbal and giving them the tools to communicate is one of the most rewarding things. She is constantly fascinated by how much they have to say about their world and what is important for them to communicate. Communication is more than the words we use; it’s about being able to have a voice and being heard. It’s about making connections with the people in our lives and being able to develop meaningful friendships and relationships.

Previous Video Webinars

All of our previous webinars can be found here. You can access the Powerpoint presentation and also the video presentation with audio for a more in depth presentation. 

"I'm so glad I did the zoom session! It was a real lifeline at a challenging time. It helped me to understand my son's frustration and consider ways I could help provide the stimulation he was craving. The zoom call was inspiring and I learnt so much about a topic I didn't know much about and I was amazed at how applicable it was to my son. It was such a positive experience and I am so thankful for the work Gympanzees do and the difference it has made on our lives."
Proprioception
Parent Feedback

Practical tips to support concentration and motivation.

Catherine Williams is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with specialisms in supporting children and young people who have neurological differences, including Cerebral Palsy, ASD, DCD/Dyspraxia and Brain Injury. She is passionate about enabling youngsters to participate in meaningful ways within their family, school or college and in their wider community. Cath is based in Wiltshire and has a private practice.  
 
 

Contact Catherine:
catherine@handsup.org
07793 749007

"The call was informal but informative, I learned things about my daughter that now make total sense to me!"
Getting Engaged
Parent Feedback

What is it? How does it effect your child? How can you use it at home to benefit your child?

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016.

"I was inspired to apply some of the ideas and suggested activities the very next day. It helped me to better understand my son and I would have paid a premium for that so it's incredible that it was offered for free!"
Proprioception
Mel

Complex Feeding Difficulties

Feeding difficulties are present in around 25% of typically developing children, rising to around 80% in children with developmental difficulties such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Helping children who find mealtimes a challenge can be stressful and hard work. Natalie has put together some practical ideas and strategies, to help make mealtimes, good times.

Natalie is CEO and Founder of The Feeding Trust, a not-for-profit social enterprise for children with complex feeding difficulties. She is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) who specialises in neuro-developmental disabilities and feeding difficulties. Natalie runs a multi-disciplinary feeding clinic in the Midlands with a team of specialist feeding therapists from Occupational Therapy, SLT, Psychology and Nutritional & Dietetics.

Contact Natalie:
natalie@feedingtrust.org
0121 289 3204

"The presentation included great information and the advice was directed toward each individual child."
Complex Feeding Difficulties
Parent Feedback

What is it? How does it effect your child? What can you do at home to help your child’s tone?

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016.
"The content and pace was pitched just right, and because of the small group size was tailored to the needs of my son."
High Tone and Spasticity
Parent Feedback

What can you do to help your child develop at home? What should I look out for? Top tips and sharing ideas – with Stephanie Wheen – Children’s physio and CEO of Gympanzees.

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016.
 
"This Zoom call was by far the most comprehensive overview i've had to date. I think this is the first session i've been to where someone has talked about learning difficulties. I wish I had it sooner! And I think every parent of a child with DS would benefit from having this. You covered the theory which I feel is really important, but bought it to life so we could recognise movements and positions in our children. You provided time to talk to each of individually as well as, as a group. It was just like being in a group session together."
Down Syndrome and Physiotherapy
Parent Feedback

Athetosis and Dystonia. Does your child with a neurodevelopmental condition extend back with their whole body or are their limbs always on the move? This webinar will explain why your child moves the way they do and how you can help them with their movement and gross motor skills at home.

This webinar will be most useful to families with children of 18 months and older, those with a diagnosis of dystonia/dyskenesia/fluctuating tone or athetosis.

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016. 

"The therapist was very warm and friendly and I quickly felt a safe space to discuss what can be difficult issues. The session was also clear and comprehensive plus a personalised approach with suggestions we can put into action immediately."
Athetosis, Dystonia and Fluctuating Tone
Parent Feedback

calm sensory equipment

Learn more about each of the senses and how difficulty in one (or several) can impact participation and function in day to day life. Get tips and tricks of how to help your child at home. This presentation would be suitable for parents/carers who have children on the Autistic Spectrum, Developmental Coordination Disorder (dyspraxia), Downs Syndrome, CHARGE as well as Cerebral Palsy.

Ann-Marie Baker qualified as an OT 20 years ago in Canada. Her background has been primarily in paediatrics where she has worked in homes and schools/nurseries. She has her own private practice (Function First Occupational Therapy Limited) where she provides assessment, treatment and consultation to families and carers. She works with a wide range of conditions and is passionate about the area of Sensory Processing.

Contact Ann-Marie:
ann-marie@functionfirstot.co.uk
07477503921

Sensory Presentation

"I thought it was a really good presentation with lots of information which was relatively easy to follow. I liked that there was the ability to ask general and specific questions."
Understanding Sensory Processing
Parent Feedback

Low tone and hypotoniaLearn more about Low Tone and how manage it at home with your child. Some identifiable symptoms of Low Tone include your floppiness when you try to move your child’s arms and legs or try to pick them up, finding it difficult to move or when they move it looks like a big effort or your child has a weak neck or body and struggles to keep upright. This session is suitable for parents with children who have many different conditions including some undiagnosed syndromes, some brain abnormalities, some children with Down Syndrome and many others. 

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016. 

Low Tone/Hypotonia Presentation

"How knowledgable Stephanie was and how she presented the information, very easy to follow and understand. Extremely beneficial, and the fact that she could tailor the information for child specifications. Very helpful for the development of our daughter and exercises and advice that could be acted upon immediately."
Low Tone/Hypotonia
Parent Feedback

communication for cerebral palsy

This talk explores

(1) whether we are covering enough vocabulary and

(2) is it the right vocabulary at the right time. We will look at

(3) how to use social language to interact with others, whether it’s family members, friends, carers, people at school or the person at your corner shop.

We have the opportunity to delve specifically into AAC such as electronic voice output communication, including tablets, iPads and eye gaze. 

This talk is for parents who have children with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities, impacting on their speech, language and social interaction. It will focus on school-aged children from reception up to and including secondary school.

Annie Kingston is the director of Autism Bristol, a local company providing bespoke, fun and high quality speech therapy for 0 – 25 year olds. She was born and trained in Australia however has been working in the UK for long enough now to be used to the rain. She has 2 main areas of focus: cerebral palsy and autism. She worked in the NHS as a lead in autism before taking a radical change and becoming a manager of therapy department of a Scope school in Cardiff for children with cerebral palsy. She loved doing joint therapy in a hydro session but as the years went on, she became more interested in the development of eye gaze technology which has the power to change someone’s life in such a profound way. She loves working in Autism for the same reason. Working with children that are pre-verbal and giving them the tools to communicate is one of the most rewarding things. She is constantly fascinated by how much they have to say about their world and what is important for them to communicate. Communication is more than the words we use; it’s about being able to have a voice and being heard. It’s about making connections with the people in our lives and being able to develop meaningful friendships and relationships.

Physical Difficulties and Communication Presentation

"This webinar was one of the best things I have attended this year. Annie was exceptionally insightful and the fact that it was limited number of parents meant she was able to provide us individualised advice and input which went FAR beyond what I expected. I left feeling excited, inspired and really motivated and enabled to put in practice some strategies for my daughter. That Annie shifted her focus based on our needs was brilliant- and the notes Stephanie provided after really helpful (and again unexpected)."
Physical Disabilites and Communication
Parent Feedback

Fine Motor Tips from an OT for Children with ASD and developmental delays. This webinar covers practical ideas for play and learning, self care and developing pencil skills. 

Catherine Williams is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with specialisms in supporting children and young people who have neurological differences, including Cerebral Palsy, ASD, DCD/Dyspraxia and Brain Injury. She is passionate about enabling youngsters to participate in meaningful ways within their family, school or college and in their wider community. Cath is based in Wiltshire and has a private practice.

fine motor skills

Fine Motor Tips from and OT for Children with Cerebral Palsy and movement difficulties- covering principles behind the development of skills; using equipment and simple solutions; play, self care and pencil skills. 

Catherine Williams is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with specialisms in supporting children and young people who have neurological differences, including Cerebral Palsy, ASD, DCD/Dyspraxia and Brain Injury. She is passionate about enabling youngsters to participate in meaningful ways within their family, school or college and in their wider community. Cath is based in Wiltshire and has a private practice.

Download a copy of the presentation here.

"I’ve a 4yr old girl with quad dystonic CP so I joined the Zoom Session which was incredible. I have learnt so much from both and the fact the therapists have been able provide individualised input as well as generic insight has made the sessions incredibly beneficial. I did not expect this and they really listened to the needs of our children and tailored things excellently. I’ve also loved hearing the stories of other parents. I can’t quite believe these sessions have been free as the quality is so high. I have left feeling enthused, enabled to try new strategies with my daughter and positive- feelings that have been in short supply through lockdown. I cannot thank you or the experts who have given up their time enough. Will be recommending you on all my networks Just hope i can visit you guys in person one day! Thank you so much."
Physical Disabilities and Fine Motor Skills
Parent Feedback
Autism and behaviour zoom webinar

What is underlying when we see behaviours that challenge in autistic children?

What can we do to support the child and reduce the distress they are communicating and support positive communication?

This session will talk through these questions during this presentation and provide some ‘take aways’ that parents/carers/teachers can put into practice.

Jodie Smitten is an independent children’s well-being practitioner specialising in autism. Jodie has many years of experience in working alongside autistic children and their families; advocating for identification, educational adjustments, changes in parental approaches and positive self-identity. Jodie has degree in psychology, a post graduate certificate in autism & Asperger’s syndrome and is undertaking a Masters in the same subject. Jodie is also a parent of autistic children.

Download a copy of the presentation here.

Watch our Zoom Webinar on Preterm children with Cerebral Palsy.

The webinar will include information on specific physical and sensory features of prematurity, how this presents as children get older and how we can help them enhance their physical development and quality of life. The talk will be for parents of children who were born very premature (before 32 weeks gestation) and have Spasticity.

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with 18 years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities. She has also has a brother with a disability so knows the disability world as well as child health and how to help these children through exercise. She has been running her successful physio practice, Wheen Physio for Children, in Bristol since 2012 and founded Gympanzees in 2016.

Presentation coming soon!