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  • The early years of life are highly formative in terms of children reaching their full potential, and so with the benefit of the latest medical research we have created a range of sessions to help your baby fully develop their sensory and motor systems, providing a truly strong foundation to support their ongoing development in both childhood and life.

    At Encounter Baby we:

    • Nurture babies development from birth to standing upright and walking
    • Stimulate and integrate sensorimotor systems
    • Develop social and emotional skills
    • Support visual and auditory development
    • Aid healthy digestion and sleep
    • Help with tummy time

    Follow your instincts

    Sessions are fun, sociable and interactive, and are run by an experienced Occupational Therapist with expertise in neuro-development, and informed by the very latest research into this area. You will be encouraged to follow your own good instincts concerning your baby and be provided with evidence-based information on the healthy development of your child, offering support at a time when there is often masses of seemingly conflicting advice. During the sessions you will be taught about typical infant developmental stages that unfold during the first year of life, and we will look at a variety of playful activities with your baby, each designed to support the development of different sensory and motor systems.

    We run groups focusing on different stages of a baby's first year. Each of these groups runs on a rolling four week series at the same time every week. All areas of development are covered in the four weeks, but the format is not rigid and there is time for you to ask questions and for your baby to receive some individual attention. If you are unable to make the sessions for the earlier stages, there will be opportunity to pick up some of the information that you will have missed.

    "Babies brains develop in direct relationship to their sensory and motor experiences" (Zachary, 2014)

    Stage 1

    Stage One - two months (post 1st immunisation) to rolling over

    Stage one classes will give your your child the best start in life in terms of their future health, wellbeing and learning. We will cover all the essential early movement patterns including tummy time techniques, exploring weight and balance in close connection with the caregiver, and primitive reflex integration (see resources link below)... Read More

    For further information, see additional resources here.

    Stage 2

    Stage Two - early independent movements, pushing back on the tummy, creeping, crawling, sitting

    Stage two classes build on the foundation established at level one but you can join without having attending the previous session if you baby is already sitting or making some of the movements mentioned above. We will continue with the themes of exploring balance, but will introduce more challenging movements and providing more stimulation now the nervous system is ready to be activated in this way... Read More

    Stage 3

    Stage Three - upright babies: standing, supported steps, moving between the furniture and just walking

    Stage three classes work towards establishing independent walking. We will work more with balance and body position, continuing working with developmental movement patterns and identifying any gaps in body awareness. We will look at falling well and increasing body and spatial awareness... Read More

    Sensational Sleep

    Sensational Sleep Sessions

    We also run one-off specialist sessions to help babies to sleep well. Babies can take up to six months to develop a good sleep pattern, but don't despair as we can demonstrate sensory and movement activities that are designed to help establish sleep patterns from early on.

    We will explain how the sensory systems and sleep are closely linked and demonstrate things you can do to support the development of the underlying brain and body systems that support sleep and self regulation.

    This session will be particularly helpful if your baby:

    • has trouble falling asleep
    • keeps waking up
    • needs holding to fall asleep
    • sleeps excessively (not very alert)
    • dislikes laying on their back
    • sleeps for very short periods
    • is easily disturbed by noise or light


    To get the most out of the sessions, please ensure that you choose the group type that matches your child's stage of development. If you are booking for more than one child, please adjust the quantity below. Please note that the sessions require one adult to one child. Just click on a session to select. For all bookings (even the free ones), you will need to go through to the checkout to complete the process.

    Introductory Offer: £12



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