All children need a regular routine to help them adjust to their
environment, and learn to adapt to the demands made on them. The daily
routine is a way of providing a learning environment for the child. Within
this program, the child has the opportunity to practice and repeat skills
they are learning or have learned.
All aspects of the child's development is included - physical,
functional, psychological, social, cognitive. The automatic movements
which we take for granted in our daily lives do not exist in the child
with cerebral palsy. These movement patterns have to be learned.
For example, for the functional movement
"raising the arms above the head and put the T-shirt on", the child with motor impairment must
practice it in many different situations, ie in supine lying, in
sitting, in standing, before they can do it automatically.
The well-planned, comprehensive program will provide and create
situations where this can be learned and implemented daily.