Rainbow Gym

This page is for families who have been given this link by an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist only.

  

 

Due to Coronavirus or COVID-19 we have suspended Rainbow Gym happening in local venues. If you were attending Rainbow Gym you can continue with your programme at home.

We have changed Rainbow Gym for home use. Continue with your warm ups and rainbow gym programmes. You can find these on this page and also watch videos to go with them. For your fine motor programme see the videos of fine motor games and fit these into your day and child's play. Keep working on your child's individual goal. See our top tips video for teaching a new skill, goal advice and ideas for staying active.

You know your child and you know your home. Be safe, work in a clear area with your child. Stop if your child has any pain. 

 

Click on the tabs below to find details of how to contact your Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist during this time if you need further support:

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at West Centre or Acorn Centre:
0141 207 7100

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at Woodside Health Centre or Bridgeton Child Centre:
0141 201 5665

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at Gorbals Health & Social Care Centre:
0141 201 5030

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at Aranthrue Centre or Skylark Centre:
0141 314 4600

  

Warm up exercises should be completed at the start of each programme. Click here for warm up exercises or see demonstration videos below for each warm up exercise:

1. Jog on the Spot

Jog on the spot for 30 seconds keeping your knees low.

2. Wall Pushes

Stand in front of a wall, and then place your hands on the wall at shoulder height. Push the wall in by bending your elbows and hold this position for as long as you can up to a count of 5. Repeat this 10 times.

3. Star Jumps

Do 20 star jumps.

4. Arm Circles

Hold your arms out at shoulder height. Make 10 small circles with your arms. Make 10 large circles with your arms.

5. Wall Squats

Stand with your back at a wall. Put your hands on your hips. Move slowly and smoothly from a standing position into a squat, hold this position for five seconds then move back to standing. Repeat this 10 times.

Make Your Own Beanbag Video

For activities that require beanbags why not try making your own homemade beanbag. See the video below for how to make your own sock beanbag.

 

How to make

Materials: Sock & Beans/Lentils/Rice/Barley

Note: In the video children’s socks sized 9-12 are used, but any regular socks can be used. It will just change the size of the bean bags slightly.

a. Turn sock inside out.

b. Tie a knot just below the heel line.

c. Turn sock back the right side showing.

d. Fill the sock with beans, lentils, rice or barley.

      e. Leave enough room at the top to tie a tight knot and it’s finished.

Tip: Tighten the topknot every now and again, and for a safe guard, also use a hair band under the knot for a double fastening.

For your fine motor programme here are games to fit your child's play routine.  If you don't have Theraputty at home you can use playdough.  Do 2 of the theraputty exercises and choose from the using your hands videos.

At Rainbow Gym, you work on goals with your child so they can be more independent. These goals are individual to your child. Their goal might be to learn to ride their bike, to tie shoelaces, to go back to school being able to do their school tie themselves. Our KIDS website has lots of advice and resources on life skills to help you when working on your goals:

Here are our top 5 tips to help when you are teaching new skills:

1. Choose the right time

2. Set the “Just Right“ challenge

3. Find out what works for you and your child

4. Keep it Fun

5. Practice, practice, practice together

Once you have completed Rainbow Gym it is important that your child stays active.  Keeping physically active brings many health benefits. For children, regular physical activity is important for growing up to have strong bones and muscles, maintaining a healthy weight and building their confidence. As we are currently unable to use community resources we have to find new ways of staying active. Have a look at Change4life and Play Scotland for ideas on staying active as well as our information on learning to ride a bike:

 

Change4Life

Change4Life aims to ensure parents have the essential support and tools they need to make healthier choices for their families.

Change4Life have Disney inspired indoor games and 10 Minute Shake Up activities to help children stay active while everyone's at home.

 

Play Scotland

Play Scotland have a #playeveryday campaign. A bundle of boredom busting fun activities that children and young people can use to encourage imagination, creativity and play time, many of which are suitable for indoors or confined spaces, and most of which are low cost or free. Some ideas, while not free play, are still playful and good fun for all the family!

 

Learning to Ride a Bike

Learning to ride a bike is a complex task involving balance, motor skills and visual skills. It can be helpful to start with a balance bike.

If your child continues to find this challenging check our strategies for learning to ride a bike. This technique takes time, but the idea is that your child gets a sense of achievement from mastering each step one at a time.