All GymbaROO programs are $230 per term (inclusive of insurance) – and also includes:
- neurological handouts
- visualisation book
- Sessions run for 45 minutes, once a week over the course of a nine-week term.
- Each class is facilitated by a qualified teacher and qualified assistant.
Our GymbaROO program offers activities that promotes and encourages your toddler and baby’s natural developmental movement patterns. From the beginning of time babies from birth, without intervention, have moved in the same natural pattern. Through modern-day conveniences, such as walkers and baby bounces, babies are less exposed to nature’s intended opportunities to move naturally. With interventions such as the capsule and contoured prams (prams that are v-shaped restrict movement verses flat bed prams), baby’s movement opportunities are more prohibited. Balancing your modern-day conveniences with substantial opportunity for your baby to move naturally, will allow your baby to grow and develop through their natural movement patterns. We show you how at GymbaROO.
Progressing naturally through natural movement patterns helps build strength and muscle tone, which facilitates the next developmental stage. Each stage builds the foundation for the next stage. During each development stage’s movement patterns, neural pathways are stimulated by this movement, therefore facilitating appropriate brain development.
- NON-MOBILE BABIES The non-mobile babies class runs for 45 minutes at our Mosman centre. They are for babies from 8 weeks to 7 months of age. Modifications are made during classes for babies younger than 5 months. The emphasis is on massage, gentle vestibular stimulation, reflex inhibition and muscle tone. Parents are given valuable information to help their baby grow in it’s natural sequence.
- CRAWLERS (L2) Crawler classes are for babies ready to progress into the “crawlers” class. Whilst we still do massage and exercises, there is less emphasis on the massage and more on body awareness, visual and auditory activities and your child will start to take part in the music and singing activities. They will do lots of crawling and exploring that will give them the skills and confidence to move into the walking stage. They need new balancing skills, adjustment of visual perception, and increased muscle tone. Our classes will give you lots of ideas for activities at home that will enable you to continue to have fun and explore with your baby as you do at GymbaROO.
- 1 – 1.5 Years Now infants are waddling like penguins as they strive to get their balance and body awareness. At last our little ones are upright, but eyes and ears need to adjust for seeing and understanding. The sessions at this age aim at muscle tone development through walking, hanging by their hands, wheelbarrows and steps. Once an infant is walking, we provide ideas for parents and activities for the infant which increase their balance mechanisms and strengthen muscle tone.
- 1.5 – 2.5 Years In this class, during our mat time we start to incorporate finger plays and activities which require them to listen and then respond to an instruction. E.g. Clapping, jumping, balancing. We do activities which require them to use left / right independently and begin very specific ball activities. This stage of development is bi-lateral, meaning that both sides of body are working in coordination. By 18 months of age, toddlers have wonderful skill with their hands- they have improved focus and control. Our activities are aimed at strengthening and developing these skills, as they now have control over how to release an object they are holding. The two-year old year is an important year of change in both behaviour speech and fine motor skills. The Koala stage sets the groundwork for the transition into the next stage of development – laterality. We would like to help your child in their development journey.
- 2 – 3 Years Our classes are becoming more structured as this is the time for children to start learning limits and to improve their concentration. At this level we introduce specific movements that encourage the child to pass objects from one side of their body to another (crossing the midline) and also to get them to do one thing with one limb and something different with the other limb which is full explored during activities with musical instruments. Repetition is vital for development of all ages but is very important at this age.
- 2.5 – 3.5 Years Sessions at this age are geared for the development of sensory integration and the consequent laterality, and for this reason a preferred hand and foot is now encouraged in all activities. Areas where instructions are required are increased in complexity. Repetition is vital for the development of all ages.
- 3 – 4 Years This 55-minute class is our Kinder Readiness program. It allows for greater teamwork and Sensory Motor Stimulation and promotes further sensory integration and laterality. Children learn to follow instructions and work in groups. The children are given the opportunity to hone their abilities in the area of cross pattern action, with hopping for balance, skipping along and throwing and catching.
- 3.5 – 5 Years This is our School Readiness Class. GymbaROO’s activities help lay the groundwork for early writing / reading and preschool / school. As their control over all muscle groups is strengthened and fine-tuned, they can start concentrating on language skills. GymbaROO’s mat-time activities are aimed at fine-tuning these skills, with more challenging tasks. Their ball skills are far better and their hand/eye coordination is more focused. During this course, we have a different routine which is better suited to your child’s developing skills, while increasing the concentration time and the complexity and number of instructions. At this stage, they also start to learn to work in groups, to line up and to follow the leader. The beginning stages of our “Jump into Reading Program” is started. The sessions include counting, memory activities and visual exercises. A sub theme is added to the overall term theme to further develop these skills. Of course, there is still the all-important large equipment time where by now they love climbing ladders, jumping on trampolines and hanging upside down. It is during this period that they are starting to consolidate all the previously learned skills and fine tuning them to enhance their early preschool experience.