How babywearing consultations benefits families: Improving consultation techniques
By Susanne Lenk
Though there are many online support groups in place to help families carry their babies, an in-person consultation is very beneficial, and it is the best way to achieve success in a babywearing journey. In order to best accomplish this, you must consider how to organize your consultations with parents. During a consultation, you should be able to explain the benefits of carrying, provide an analysis and supply solutions. This requires a focus on using key communication tools, practical tips on helping parents try new carriers and identifying the knowledge base you are using for your evidence-based practice, regardless of whether your consultation time is 30 minutes, or up to 90 minutes long. This is will help you get the results the parents would like to see in the consultation so they can be successful in their journey. Susanne will also talk about differences between individual versus group counselling sessions.
The session will take place November 3, 2018 at the conference in Barcelona at the Diagonal Gates Hotel.
Susanne is originally from Germany and has been living in Spain since 2005. She took her schooling with Trageschule Dresden in 2007, and has been teaching carrying in Spain since 2008. Some of her past students include Elena Lòpez and Beatriz Moreno, who are also presenting at the conference.
Susanne Lenk is the owner of Llévame Cerca, which was established in 2008. Susanne started her carrying journey after her daughter was born in 2007. This sparked her interest in carrying to such an extent that she travelled to Switzerland from her home in Spain in order to take the Trageschule Dresden training shortly thereafter.
As the very first school in Spain, Susanne has:
- Trained more than 500 consultants, both in person and online.
- The online training program in Spanish has been completed by students worldwide in countries such as German, France, Italy, Belgium, Isreal and from various in South America.
- Susanne speaks at various events, including the First Babywearing Conference in Madrid, health conferences and sessions in Girona, Madrid and more.
Susanne was trained as a physiotherapist in 1999 at the University Hospital of Hamburg, and remains an active member of the physiotherapy association. She also had additional training in neurology and pediatric physiotherapy. This provides her with a unique understanding of the biomechanics of development, motion and injury for babies and adults.
To Susanne, carrying is a constant movement forward, to create progress with the parent, you need to truly listen to their needs and listen to their feedback.
To read more about her accomplishments, I invite you to read this page.