Extra Lesson

At Chrysalis we have an Extra Lesson practitioner who works with class teachers, parents and children to support and provide specific direction in helping children reach their optimum potential.

Extra Lesson … What is it?

Extra Lesson® is an assessment and intervention program for children, and adolescents with learning and behavioural difficulties. All Extra Lesson practitioners are professionally trained and accredited by The Extra Lesson Institute and work with a holistic approach combining movement, speech, rhythm and painting.

The Extra Lesson program is based on the premise that learning difficulties are often due to disruptions in the developmental stages of the first seven years of life. This can result in poor spatial orientation and body awareness, sensory processing challenges, retained early movement patterns and co-ordination difficulties. Research supports the connection between learning difficulties and early childhood development and shows that regular movement and physical activity can help develop neural pathways in the brain.

As a parent or teacher you will often see a child who is disengaged, distracted, underachieving, exhausted or frustrated by the learning process. By working on underlying barriers to learning, Extra Lesson can offer your child a second chance to learn without this struggle. Extra Lesson is a drug-free, non-invasive alternative for dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, fine and gross motor problems, and reading, maths and spelling difficulties. Many Extra Lesson practitioners are also trained to identify auditory processing difficulties and make appropriate referrals. A typical Extra Lesson program involves a thorough assessment followed by weekly individual lessons tailored to each child’s needs. These lessons include fine and gross motor exercises, movement combined with rhythmic language or song as well as painting and drawing