Aerial Arts Helps Kids with Disabilities Learn to Fly in Life!

November 4th, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments

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Trapeze Therapy, LLC provides pediatric therapy to kids in the community by utilizing some of the same equipment that you may find a flying trapeze artist using in practice or even performances. The program was started by Carlynn Kenna, who has been a dancer with Canopy Studios for eight years. In her professional career as a pediatric therapist, Carlynn saw aerial arts as a means to enhance her therapy sessions, allowing her to combine two of her passions under one roof.

Trapeze Therapy sessions are covered by medical insurance and are one-on-one, tailored to meet the needs of each child. Carlynn, a graduate of Brenau University with a Masters degree in science and occupational therapy, works with each child individually in order to assess what can be done to promote motor development: “I evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Then we can capitalize on their strengths and influence their weaknesses so they can develop and function more independently in their daily lives.”

Canopy provides a variety of equipment that is useful in therapy sessions; the trapeze bar and ropes can help build hand strength, for example, or students may lie on their backs and put their knees over the bar, pulling themselves up into a sitting position. Building strength in this way helps break up patterns and ‘reflexes’ that may inhibit a child from being able to perform daily activities that may seem simple, like sitting still in class. The anticipated outcome of these sessions is not for the child to become an aerialist, but to help build strength and confidence.

Trapeze therapy works with virtually any developmental delay. Once improvements have been made and goals achieved, an individualized ‘discharge plan’ is created, allowing students to continue with the children’s program at Canopy. With the help of instructors, the child will continue using helpful techniques.

This program has proven effective and has received very positive feedback. “It takes a lot of bravery on the part of the child and the parent and a lot of trust, and I’m just so thankful that they’re letting me [push them] because I think the outcomes speak for themselves,” said Carlynn. Every improvement is a huge step toward greater independence.

For more information on Trapeze Therapy, LLC, email
info@trapezetherapy.com or call 706-248-4228.

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