THE FIRST-STEP METHOD
The First-Step method is developed by Feldenkreis therapist Shai Silberbusch from Tel Aviv. Shai and his team of experts have contributed significantly in the development of many children with special needs and developmental delays.
Since 2009, I have been representing the First-Step therapy for Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. In fact, I have seen the incredible benefits of the First-Step therapy in the treatment of my younger son (link) and since then devoted myself to spread this therapy method in order to reach as many children with special needs as possible.
The First-Step method is based on meticulous observation of childhood development. It has an holistic approach and seeks active participation of parents in the developmental process of their child. Thus, you as parents engage in the intensive therapeutic process of your child, and receive continuous support from the team. The method aims at filling the developmental gaps of your child via sensory and motor development perspective. It focuses on the opportunities and potentials of your child, rather than the obstacles and hindrances. This constructive approach helps conscious investment in the prospects of your child. You can find more detailed information on the method below.
So far, therapies of many children have been financially supported by the Association for Childhood & Rare Diseases (AEMO) in Lausanne and Children with Rare Diseases (KMSK) in Zürich. Moreover, the Association for the Brain Injured Children (HIKI) in Zürich supports this method as an effective therapy in the treatment of brain injured children, and featured some testimonial articles on their children bulletin: Benedikt and Karli. We are happy to cooperate with your local association for the therapeutic process of your child.
THE FIRST-STEP THERAPY
First-Step therapy treats children with special needs and developmental delays. It addresses a broad spectrum of disorders including genetic syndrome, brain injuries, autism and communication disorders, motor delays and disorders, low muscle tone, epilepsy, severe eating disorders and ADHD. The therapeutic process is an intensive learning process in which parents actively participate. In fact, parents’ role is central in creating a facilitating environment for their child’s development. Receiving training, information and support contributes significantly in their child’s development and the progress of the therapeutic process. Thus, First-Step therapists provide parents with continuous support to cope with different lifestyle, physical and mental difficulties that raising a special need child entails.
Years of experience in treating special children proved that every child can learn new functions, overcome their vulnerabilities and create new learning pathways that lead to improved performance. Hence follows the First-Step motto: “Every child can realise his/her potential”.
First-Step therapists generate an environment that is well-adapted to the individual growth-path of the child and provides him/her with the appropriate approach and therapeutic tools. At the beginning of the therapeutic process the team identifies and explores the child’s potential and opportunities. They determine his/her individual growth-path with milestones/opportunities specific to the child’s personal needs in the framework of his/her developmental delays. Hence, during the therapeutic process the team looks beyond the hindrances of the child’s syndrome or problem and focuses on opportunities and potential.
Gradually, the child fills the gaps by learning the skipped developmental steps, which hindered his/her development by creating or reinforcing the developmental disorder. Consequently the child’s developmental gap between his/her age and developmental level shrinks.