The Moving Child is a film that aims to help support children in their physical, emotional, social and mental development by educating adults about the important role that dynamic movement plays in a child’s wellbeing.
Movement matters and impacts all aspects of development! This film shows HOW that happens and WHAT we need to be concerned about right now in children’s sensorimotor development. Kids are getting stuck!
Integrating approaches from diverse movement therapies, the film shares best practices to support children’s self-expression and naturally unfolding movement ability from in utero through age six.
The Moving Child will be an amazing tool for anyone who cares about how child wellbeing impacts our world!
Children grow through movement. By moving, they learn to communicate, express feelings, heal trauma, make friends, and learn to live in the world.
How a child moves indicates their developmental stage and communicates their needs. Healthy neurology, shaped by early sensory and movement experiences in relationship with caregivers, is what supports a child in all learning and developmental tasks. The way we support our children’s moving bodies ultimately shapes our entire culture. 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!
Children need to move, but HOW?
Children must learn to move dynamically, with full bodied, three-dimensional 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. Contrast this with a bustling city street, where movement is forward focused and rushed.
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. 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!
Everyone has a birthright to movement.
This film is not just about the moving child and early development, it’s also about the potential for adults in Western culture to reclaim their connection with their own bodies and the impact that can then also have on the body-minds of children. With a little support and attention, we can help get kids “unstuck.” It all starts with educating adults! Everyone has a birthright to movement. As we accept the invitation from children to move with them, and to revive movement in our culture and to claim the relationship between our body and our full humanity, our children are going to thrive!
Drawing on the knowledge of…
The Moving Child draws on interviews with experts in developmental movement, neurology, psychiatry and dance/movement therapy, including Dr. Carla Hannaford, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Susan Loman, Myrna Martin, Dr. Martha Eddy, Kalila Homann and Dr. Bruce Perry. The film also features several parents and children who have been inspired to move, dance, and play!
Author, Developer of Body-Mind Psychotherapy, Founder of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
|Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen Occupational Therapist, Movement Therapist, Founder of The School of Body-Mind Centering®.|
|Dr. Martha Eddy CMA, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education, & Founder of Dynamic Embodiment.||Janice Geller Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Body-Mind Centering® practitioner and teacher.|
|Dr. Carla Hannaford Biologist, Neurophysiologist, educator and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Isn’t All in Your Head.||Kalila Homann Dance-Movement Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, Neuroscience educator.|
|Brenda Isherwood Occupational Therapist and Doula||Janet Kaylo Certified Movement Analyst, Somatic Movement Therapist, Senior Dance-Movement Psychotherapist.|
Dance-Movement Therapist, Antioch University Professor and Kestenberg Movement Profile Analyst.
|Jean-Pierre Makosso Storyteller, poet, children’s dance facilitator and performer.|
|Myrna Martin Registered Nurse, Registered Clinical Counsellor and child/family therapist, attachment expert.||Dr. Bruce Perry Psychiatrist, Educator, renowned Author, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy in Houston.|
|Brenda Pulvermacher Pediatric CranioSacral Therapist, practitioner of Self-Regulation therapy.||Saliq Savage Somatic Movement Therapist, Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, Infant Developmental Movement Educator®.|
|Mariko Tanabe Infant Developmental Movement Educator®, Somatic Movement Therapist and acclaimed Choreographer.||Amber Gray Director of Trauma Resources International, Dance Movement therapist.|
|Dr. Sue Jennings Founder of neuro-dramatic play, creator of Neuro-Dramatic-Play, A Training Film: “Working with Time and Trust,” speaker.||Dr. Suzi Tortora Founder of Dancing Dialogue, Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Laban Nonverbal Movement Analyst.|
|Dennis McCarthy Play therapist, Dance-Movement therapist, “If You Turned Into a Monster”: Transformation Through Play: A Body-Centered Approach to Play Therapy author.||Lois Hickman Occupational Therapist, Animals and People Together board of directors, Farm Therapy: A Natural Approach to Sensory Integration author.|
We’d like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all of our supporters, financial and otherwise up to this time. We offer here another glimpse into some of the content and story in the film:
Who’s behind this film?
Hana Kamea – Producer
Hana Kamea (formerly Anna Kemble), is a Board Certified Dance-Movement Therapist, Clinical Counsellor and Laban Movement Analyst from British Columbia who founded The Moving Child project in 2010. Hana has 15 years of experience working psychotherapeutically with children and adults through movement.
Rheanna Toy – Editor/Videographer
Rheanna Toy specializes in shooting and editing for movement and dance, and is a film studies graduate of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC. She has made several short films and is excited to be working on The Moving Child, working with the editing consulting team.
Many other independent filmmakers and mentors also contributed to this film. We couldn’t have done it without them!