Tiny Tim's Children's Centre, Coventry -

Massage case study

Child background and condition.

This child is 9 years old, attends special school and has been coming Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre for 5 years. In the past, this child has received some physiotherapy and occupational therapy in school and at the centre. The child presents with autism and hyper-mobility. The child attends weekly sessions at the centre.

Why is the child coming for massage therapy?

The mother came into centre to see if massage therapy would fulfil an aim for the child’s sensory diet set by their school occupational therapist. The outcome the mother wanted to achieve was for the child to undertake deep pressure activities to help them calm and relax.

Goals of the therapy

The initial aim of the massage therapist was to establish eye contact, body language communication and acceptance to touch to enable the deliverance of deep pressure massage in an engaging way for the child.

How sessions were conducted

Due to the nature of the child’s behaviour, the massage sessions not only consisted of deep pressure work but also singing songs to get the child to engage with others and to get them focused so they will sit or lay still. During the sessions, the child is free to go where they want.  The child usually chooses to stay on the treatment bed and fidget if they chose to.

Over time this child has indicated by placing the therapist’s hands on certain body parts and moves the therapist’s hand in the technique they want the therapist to do. The child indicates when they have had enough treatment by stepping off the treatment bed. On some occasions, this child has fallen asleep during deep massage sessions.

Changes seen in the child’s behaviour since starting massage sessions

Over the first 6 months of the current therapist treating the child, the child has given good eye contact and requested things such as songs or activities from the therapist therefore showing confidence in asking and engaging others.

Over the last year this child’s communication with the therapist has grown a lot and they have developed sounds which are associated with different requests and commands, not just hand gestures (e.g. pointing to objects) as was previously done in the last 3 years.

Impact on the Family

Massage techniques have been shown to guardians for them do at home as well. The family have shown they can perform these techniques with confidence at home when the child has asked them to. The guardians and the child’s siblings have stated they enjoy the response they receive from the child when performing this task and have developed their interaction skills with the child.

Treatment Times

Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm*
Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
Friday 9.30am - 5pm

*Wednesday Term-Time
9:30-10:30am - special needs only mothers and toddlers session in our Purple Planet soft play area.

10:30-11am - Music and Movement group in the Physio room.

Did you know?

We can help improve the quality of life for these children by increasing mobility, self esteem and reducing pain.

Our Therapies

Remedial and Neuromuscular Massage, Physiotherapy, Bowen Therapy, Reflexology, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Room, Therapeutic Play Sessions.
  • Tiny Tim’s is a unique place which fulfils a very real need. It is one of the few places my disabled son can receive the treatments he needs in such a calm, caring environment. The Bowen therapy in particular has relaxed him to the extent that he is able to cope much more easily with some medical interventions. Plus he can now have his hair cut without anxiety.

    Parent of Disabled Son
  • My little boy Oliver has been coming to Tiny Tim’s for a few months now and the change in his development has been amazing to watch his confidence has grown so much under the guidance of his physiotherapist everyone is extremely patient and kind. Big Big thank you to everyone at Tiny Tim’s.

    Kerrie & Oliver Wise
  • Since Rylee has been Seeing Marie for regular Physiotherapy, he has come on so well, I would be left lost without the support of Tiny Tim’s and I am sure that Rylee’s progression would not have been so great without it.

    Parent’s of Rylee
  • Our two year old daughter Elise, suffers with Downs Syndrome. This carries with it a variety of difficulties for her physically and mentally.

    Attending Tiny Tim’s has had a significant effects upon Elise. The charity, through its staff has developed and delivered a programme of exercises and massages that have helped strength her lower body and legs this in turn has help her to begin walking. Through the professionalism, friendliness and caring staff, she has become more co-ordinated and confident giving her greater mobility.

    We were told by NHS staff that nothing more could be done to help our daughter but, due to the dedication and resourcefulness of the staff at Tiny Tim’s, the ‘official’ prognosis had been proven incorrect, something we are extremely grateful for.

    Without the support, help and encouragement of the Tiny Tim’s staff and them being prepare to do what others would not do, our daughter is developing into a wonderful and confident little girl.

    Parents of Downs Syndrome daughter
  • My son William has recently been for a physio assessment and they said that he had made a significant improvement (20% better) since coming to Tiny Tim’s for massages and physio sessions. I am absolutely thrilled and so very grateful that this Charity is able to provide such an imperative service for my son. William really enjoys these sessions as well, so physically and emotionally this is of huge benefit to him. Thank you so much.