- Client’s history.
- To be done before first session for ±30 minutes.
- Presence of a caregiver during first anamnesis is required.
- For accurate treatment plans and follow up’s, therapist may continue to request the presence of caregivers.
- Children sit in circle, share names and how they feel.
- Children stand or sit (depending on physical capacities) each one introduces their name expressed with movement.
- Warm-up: body parts upper/lower, use of imagery such as, ‘lean your head to the side as if someone will kiss your cheeks’.
- Stretching: arms, torso, legs and hip joints.
- Breathing techniques: towards a sense of well-being.
- Grounding: physical consciousness of lower body part such as bending legs, touch knees, bend forward with arms and circling around with knees bended, bending and stretching legs, stamping feet on floor, etc. This provides physical self-awareness and a sense of being ‘here’ and ‘now’.
- Use of props: balls, colorful clothes, handkerchief’s, bamboo sticks, ropes, bean bags, etc.
- Body Scanning: visualization of the body guided verbally by the therapist. If client here allows self-touch or hands-on might be introduced.
- Self-awareness: therapist guides client with imagery work, storytelling, fantasy travels for children (i.e. Progressive Muscle Relaxation by Jacobson).
- Use of music: supports client to connect rhythmically to sound and own physical and emotional expression.