The Moving Child Film teaches about the interrelationship of children’s physical, emotional, social and mental development. Our story explores the importance of dynamic movement in a child’s wellbeing and offers best practices for parents, caregivers and teachers of children. Most folks do not currently have much knowledge of movement’s importance in child development. That is why the message of this film needs to be shared!
We invite your greater awareness of practices negatively impacting children’s sensorimotor development. Kids these days are getting stuck! Let’s help them to move back into flow and have the opportunity to develop their moving body’s full potential.
Integrating approaches from diverse movement therapies, The Moving Child shares best practices to support children’s naturally unfolding movement ability from in the womb through elementary school.
The Moving Child is an amazing tool for anyone who cares about child wellbeing. Together we can create change, please share about this film with caregivers and teachers in your communities.
By moving, children learn to communicate, express feelings, heal trauma, make friends, and thrive in the world. How a child moves indicates their developmental stage and communicates their needs. Healthy neurology, shaped by important early sensory and movement experiences in relationship with caregivers, is what supports a child in all learning and developmental tasks. This neurology is significantly shaped by movement and touch in our early years.
Children need to move, but HOW?
Children must learn to move dynamically, with full bodied, three-dimensional feelingful movement, to be able to cope with different environments and challenges at different ages. By exploring dynamic movement, a child learns to switch easily from big to small, loud to quiet, angry to happy, up to down, tense to relaxed, side to side and all other movement potential. This is a part of their ability to self-regulate. Dance is particularly helpful for self-regulation and for a multitude of physical, emotional, cognitive and social learning.
Kids are getting “stuck.”
Statistics show that not only are children not moving enough, they are not moving in the ways they need to move from early infancy onward, dynamically. Research indicates that this contributes to an increase in rates of coordination disorders, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, sensory disorders and emotional disturbance in children. Though these issues may be visible, many are not easy for caregivers to identify. Lots of kids are getting “stuck,” but they need not stay that way!
The presence and movement of adults matters!
This film is not just about the moving child’s early development, it’s also about adults in Western culture reclaiming their connection with their own body and movement as a resource for parenting and teaching and how that impacts children. We can help get ourselves and our kids “unstuck”! Everyone has a birthright to movement. As we accept the invitation from children to move with them, and to revive dynamic expressive movement in our families, we reclaim the relationship between our body and our full humanity, and in doing so our children will thrive.
Drawing on the knowledge of…
The Moving Child draws on interviews with experts in developmental movement, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, neurology, psychiatry, dance/movement therapy, and cognitive science, including Dr. Carla Hannaford, Dr. Annie Brook, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Susan Loman, Myrna Martin, Dr. Martha Eddy, Kalila Homann and Dr. Bruce Perry, among others. The film also features diverse parents and children inspired to do things differently and discover new ideas!