Functional Reflex Therapy for Children/Adults with Autism or Special Needs
Along with information about FRT, I thought it would be helpful to provide some information on my background and experience with children. I have a degree in education and worked as a special education aide as I went to school to obtain my teaching license. Although teaching isn't the path I ultimately stayed on, my passion for special education has never diminished and has been a driving factor as to why I chose to learn reflexology. I love the idea of being able to combine my classroom experiences with my reflexology training in order to provide a unique service to families that is not readily available here in the U.S. As of right now, I am the only reflexologist from the U.S. who has received this training and is offering this method.
There is an ever growing number of locations in the U.K that are successfully using reflexology in the school systems and hospice settings as a form of complementary therapy. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to travel to London and learn about the techniques they are using to help reduce stress, sensory issues, challenging behavior, improve insomnia, digestive issues, and social anxiety, among other things. I believe this technique could provide great benefits for many individuals.
A Brief History of FRT
Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT) was developed by Lorraine Senior, a reflexologist who, as a teacher for over 20 years has worked with children and adults with special needs, she introduced reflexology sessions at a Mencap playscheme and also in the education system as a regular timetabled therapy for children with autism to encourage relaxation and to help them prepare for ongoing activities.
The FRT routine was developed to meet requests from staff and parents for Lorraine to share some techniques.
What is Functional Reflex Therapy
FRT is a combination of relaxation techniques drawn from reflexology. It is designed to empower those who support children and adults with autism, autistic spectrum disorders, neurological impairment, learning difficulties and complex needs. The program is unique as it encourages those giving the sessions to use objects of reference, symbols and photographs that may help promote communication.
*Descriptions are provided by FRT. www.functionalreflextherapy.co.uk