Francesca Seegy Bohner,
Pharmacist and mother of two children, discovered the First Step Method , a holistic, intensive method as a therapy for her younger son. This therapy has inspired her and her husband to transform the room at Alte Landstrasse 4 in Kilcberg into a child-friendly space.
After her son's treatment was successfully completed and the therapy had a positive influence on his development, she decided to offer this space as a meeting point for learning for children of different age groups.
The house at Alte Landstrasse 4 in Kilchberg was the seat of the former printing plant VODAG, which published the "Kilchberger Gmeindeblatt".
Since 2008 the headquarters of Kalixan AG, founded by Dr. Thomas Bohner, have been located at this address. The trained pharmacist, who himself suffers from allergies, has been marketing the hypoallergenic products Calisan he developed since 2005, which are exclusively available in pharmacies and drugstores. Since 2009, there are regular workshops for babies and children on the first floor of the house, besides other activities.
«Everyone said I shouldn‘t worry, eventually Maya would lie on her tummy, raise her head, and roll over. But at seven months, she still hadn‘t rolled over. At First-Step I discovered why she wasn‘t turning over, and why it hadn‘t happened naturally, like I expected. I learned that right from the start I had to lay Maya on her side and cradle her in my arms - that‘s what encouraged her to roll over. It‘s a pity I didn‘t know all this before, but still it‘s great that workshops like this are available.»
Bettina from Horgen
«We joined the workshop when Lukas was two months old. He refused to lie on his tummy and cried a lot. Now - 12 sessions later - we want to say thank you. Lukas‘s progress, and the changes we‘ve seen, is just awesome. We learned how to get him used to tummy time, and that quickly encouraged him to roll over and start crawling. Now he‘s a sunny, sociable baby.»
Marketa from Zürich
«How often have you asked yourself: which new activities could you learn to further interact with your baby and stimulate her development?
With First Step Method we found an opportunity for our little one to be in a playground where she could explore widely her motricity and be more conscious of each movement she could make. The progress was quickly visible. As parents we discovered activities that were very stimulating and fun to experience through group and daddy’s workshops. It also built up even more complicity with our baby. It’s been very enriching for the whole family.
Thanks to First Step Method, we entered a new dimension which is worth for other parents to live. Last but not least, Francesca is a fabulous instructor. Her energy is so positive and engaging. The tools she provides you with boost your confidence and enthusiasm in supporting your child‘s first steps.»
Jeannine from Zürich
«Her (my daughter's) walking improved really fast and now she loves walking everywhere, even more than her brother ! This has improved her mood so much. At daycare they say she is a different child, and it’s really true. She is also talking a lot. She still cries a lot but we try now to explain to her that she will not achieve anything by crying. I wanted to thank you for all your great advice and support during the difficult months. I’m convinced that all the exercises we did with her helped her to find the confidence to reach all the milestones and to be a happy child :-) take care.»
Isabel & Gaudenz from Zürich