The aim of Rainbow Gym is to develop your child’s gross motor and fine skills while increasing your understanding of your child’s difficulties and giving you ideas of activities you can do at home to promote their development. Your child will also complete targeted work on the goals they identified with the therapy team.
A parent or carer is required to attend with the child every week. You will work through a programme of activities with your child.
There are seven different programmes and the one which is most suitable for your child to start on will be chosen by a member of the therapy team. When your child is ready they will be moved onto the next programme. Each programme has a list of specific activities your child should complete.
You will work round the different coloured stations set up around the room. Each station works on a specific skill. You should complete the different activities that are set out in your child’s programme.
Information for children:
Rainbow Gym runs every week. Coming to Rainbow Gym will help you to get stronger muscles, stronger hands and be able to get better at things like jumping, balancing and handwriting.
There are different programmes and you will do some of the programmes for up to three weeks. When you are ready one of the Rainbow Gym Therapists will move you up to the next programme.
There are different coloured stations set up around the room. You should complete the different activities that are set out on your programme sheet. Each week you will start out with a group warm up and then you will be sent off to the stations.
Only complete the activities that you have been asked to do.
Your personal trainer (the adult who came with you) will help you to do the activities and will write up your programme sheet. They will also write down how you are managing with the activities, you can ask them to write down how you think you are getting on. It will take you about 30 – 45 minutes to complete your programme at Rainbow Gym.
Each week the Therapy Team will give you home challenges to do at home every night. It’ll be a bit like homework but more fun!
• Bring a change of shoes (trainers or gym shoes are best)
• Wear suitable clothes
• Bring a bottle of water (you might get hot!)
• Bring your inhaler if you have one
• Bring your homework sheet back
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?? After Rainbow Gym
Home activity pack