Katie Losty

Practitioner Course

Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia

Course Overview

This new and exciting course, divided into three workshops is offered to you, the Massage or Physical Therapist, to provide a unique and very effective treatment for children or adults with learning difficulties/differences. On this course, you learn the specific physical co-ordination and eye-tracking exercises involved in carrying out this special treatment programme. You see very clearly over these workshop days how combining movement and massage together can have very powerful and positive effect.

The Co-ordination and Massage for Dyslexia programme has been developed at the Axelsons Gymnastic Institute in Sweden. Axelsons Institute is Scandinavia’s largest and most renowned Complementary Medicine College. In conjunction with Axelsons Institute, course facilitator and practitioner Katie Losty, a former student at the Axelsons Institute, has brought this therapy to Ireland.

Common diagnoses of many of those seeking this type of intervention have been Dyslexia, ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder), Dyspraxia and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. For others, no official diagnoses has been established but often a concerned parent or teacher recognises symptoms such as:

  • the child is experiencing difficulties with their ability to concentrate.
  • reading and spelling is not on par with the child’s age or intelligence.
  • taking notes from the blackboard is slow and often illegible.
  • homework time seems to last forever and causes great frustration.
  • the child is not willing to participate in sports or other activities.
  • social skills and self-esteem are negatively affected.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to equip you, the Massage or Physical Therapist, with the unique skills and relevant certification required to carry out the Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia Programme. The course is done in three stages. The first stage is dedicated to theory, movement and exercises involved in this therapy, the second stage is to support you through the practical aspects and case studies and by stage three you have experienced the success of this method of treatment, feeling confident and inspired to offer this treatment to new clients.

Course Outline

It is necessary to attend each workshop day to complete the course. There are four case studies involved as practical study requirements, it is recommended to prepare to embark on at least two of your case studies soon after the initial two-day workshop.

However, during the course you will be advised on how to approach potential case study clients. Each case study is carried out in a similar fashion as one treats clients when qualified. This implies one appointment per week over a period of twelve consecutive (or as close as possible to consecutive) weeks. The hours involved in total are 20 hours workshop and 48 hours to complete case studies. Children over six years or adults are suitable as case studies. It is not necessary to choose people that have a learning difficulty/difference but it is of course a bonus if there are some problem areas, as results become clearer to you and to your client/case study also.

Workshops are specially designed to support you through these practical studies.