Cerebral Palsy Swim Camp August 2018 Write Up Day Six

Our final day on our August 2018 Cerebral Palsy Swim Camp, what a week we have had. The week was filled with lots of interesting new activities and challenges for each kid to achieve. The week consisted of 2 Fit Lab training sessions per day. Typically starting at 9 or 10am followed by a Swim Lab session. After breaking for a much deserved lunch break we return for another Fit Lab session before returning to the pool for the final time.

During our final Fit Lab sessions we decided that we would use our boxing skills learnt from the previous day but this time with the full kit! Punch bag, gloves the lots… Sneakily we had the kids holding the punch bag for each other. With every strike the bag moves so you have to use your core muscles to remain standing in the same spot.

Jab, Cross, Upper cut and hook are the 4 main strikes we focussed on during our session. We did not want to spend much time in the gloves as we preferred to get the technique right without and combine the strikes with the correct foot work.

During our first swim session we looked at tightening up all the skills we had learnt throughout the week. As you may have noticed, we did not get many pictures during pool sessions and that is because safety is always our highest priority and all hands are needed on deck! Literally…

After lunch we wanted to have some fun with the kids and get them working on creating a pattern of their choice on our designing boards. This task requires a lot of patience, control, skill and concentration. I don’t know about you but i think they made it look easy!

They only had 20 minutes to complete their task and this is the results: one created a sharks fin coming out of the waves. Another created a circular pattern mixing colours that they had to collect out of a big box filled with many tiny pieces. The final design was a heart shape with an outer ring of colour and filled with many tiny orange pieces to finish off. I was very impressed with the outcome and the level of skill each of them showed in completing the task.

Our final pool session finished with lots of games, using many parts of our body, lots of noodles and plenty of balance! We ended with a jumping session trying to touch our head, shoulders, knees and toes before we hit the water!

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As we work with each of these boy throughout the year both in Lanzarote during private disABILITY Development sessions and also disABILITY Development weeks in London we know it wont be long before we see them again. In the meantime using personally written programmes through Kris and the team at Fit Lab Lanzarote which are sent on a weekly basis specific to the child needs. If you are interested in any of the programmes we deliver then please get in touch through the form below.

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From all of us here at Swim Lab Lanzarote, we would like to thank the children, parents, Occidental Lanzarote Mar Hotel, Lifeguards, gym staff and everyone else behind the scenes in our office and also Camel Travel that makes these weeks possible. Now for the after shots!

Signing out… before we start it all again in the morning with more Cerebral Palsy weeks and disABILITY Development weeks.

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Check out our write ups from other days:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

disABILITY DEVELOPMENT WEEKS Bristol & London January/February 2018

miss-m-ldnWhat a fantastic two weeks we have had! Visiting clients in both Bristol and London. Some days Paulo & Kris managed to visit 4 different training centres seeing a number of clients throughout each day. Thats an awful lot of towels, swim wear and shampoo!

Existing clients progressed during the intensive weeks of training along with new clients enjoying our services for the first time. We left feeling extremely satisfied with everything we had managed to achieve during the 2 weeks.

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Highlights during the weeks included 2 new clients in London one with Cerebral Palsy and the other with down-syndrome who after 2 sessions in the water excelled beyond expectations. One who had been having sessions elsewhere for 9 years without making progress in the water.

Another who was able to swim on his back, and also on his front with the use of a snorkel but was not able to rotate or breathe unassisted. He can now swim rotating alone from front to back without assistance for 15metres!

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Our Fit Lab Lanzarote Dry Land Strength and Conditioning sessions allowed clients to consolidate their development which they have already gained from following our bespoke programmes written specifically for each client and their individual needs.

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We even got the chance to go bowling to put our skills to the test! Post SDR clients working hard on heels flat to the floor. As with all disABILITY Development weeks we would not be able to do them without the help of parent, training centres, other consultants and staff who help make these weeks possible. Thank you all so much. This is why paediatric disability consulting is so rewarding!

If you would like more information about disABILITY Development weeks or our visits to Lanzarote then please follow the link here.

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What feedback did we receive from our new clients:

“Thank you so much. Brooke has learnt more in the 2 sessions with you than in the 9 years I’ve taken her for lessons! you´re amazing! I will speak to you soon. Thank you very much and safe journey home”

“Thank you for fitting in sessions for Noah over the weekend. I think the progress was visible and I´m very appreciative to Sarah for suggesting we meet up with you. I would definitely like to arrange for Noah to have sessions with you again when you are next over in May”

NEW disABILITY DEVELOPMENT weeks are being planned for Northern Ireland (Belfast), Ireland Dublin and Wales. If you know somebody who may be interested in joining us please get them to contact us for more information .

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Now we have returned to Lanzarote, its time to continue our work with clients visiting for Private Villa weeks, Hotel and apartment stays visiting our training centre in Puerto Del Carmen along with Training camps.

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Until next time, keep up the great work!

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