What are children learning as they move? They are learning so much…how to feed, self-regulate, explore and cope with their environment, communicate their needs, interact socially, engage in academic tasks…all of this relies on our connection to our moving body.
We begin in utero, with the understanding that how supported a mother may feel, and whether she is able to utilize movement as a tool to de-stress, can greatly impact the little one growing inside. What kinds of movement are helpful during pregnancy? What else impacts healthy neuromotor development in utero?
Engaging movement practices in preparation for birth, and how the process of birth unfolds can significantly impact sensorimotor development. With the right supports, all birth “imprints” can be “repatterned”. How we support babies to securely bond to parents body-to-body post-birth is crucial.
The ways in which we make eye contact, touch, hold, carry, move with, breathe with newborns and babies can deeply affect their psychological, physical development and learning ability for life. Learn more about bonding body to body as we explore the ways in which mammals are designed to secure connection.
Crucial neural pathways are laid down in our first year by engaging particular developmental movement patterns. What is the relationship between healthy physical development and psychological development? What are the ‘basic neurological actions’ of Yield, Push, Reach, Pull? What motivates a baby to move?
What really is Tummy Time? What can impact a baby’s comfort or ease of movement while on their tummy? How do we set up for success? When should Tummy Time begin and how? What do we mean by a balance of flexion and extension (muscles engaging and tone of those muscles) and why is this important?
When is movement therapy or other interventions necessary to support a baby’s movement patterns? Who or What is available as interventions? Pediatric focused movement therapists (of various lineages) work to “re-pattern” movement. Babies can learn to fully engage ALL the developmental movement patterns.
Stop interrupting the flow! In Western cultures we do so much to “help” babies, while paradoxically we may be unknowingly interrupting their organic movement development and learning. Let’s learn about WHY particular contraptions are not helping to develop the three dimensional movement babies need.
Self-Regulation is learned not only in relationship with parents’ bodies and minds, and their regulation of their feelings, but also through dynamic movement play! Just like many other animals engage in in order to learn to control aggression, be focused, be flexible and adaptable, toddlers are building important skills.
Physical Intelligence is the foundation for all cognitive, emotional and social intelligences we might measure in children. All learning depends on underlying low and mid-brain level integration, particularly engaged by moving dynamically. What do we mean by dynamic movement, and what does Janet Kaylo mean when she says kids will be more able to sit still if given a larger range of movement to explore?