If your baby or toddler is facing delay, developmental movements can activate his innate inner resources for moving along in milestones. Simple, playful activities are powerful early interventions in therapy sessions and your individualized home program.
I had a gut feeling that we were “almost there but something was still missing” in addressing his needs, and she has been able to take him to a new level of wellness.
I so appreciate the way she always sends me home with suggestions and new skills for furthering my child’s wellness on my own… be it exercises, massage techniques, or ways of adapting my home to make a more developmentally appropriate space.
– Mary M-W
As a new mother of an adopted baby, I found Catherine an invaluable source of support and information through the challenging first three months together. The simple movement techniques we learned helped my daughter move through a developmental hurdle during her first year to become the happy, healthy toddler she is today.
We have had developmental concerns about our son Joren for nearly a year. We have felt encouraged, empowered and educated through our partnership with Catherine. We have seen huge gains since we began working with her!
No longer a passive observer
Sean wasn’t able to lift his head up or to sit on his own. He showed little interest in toys. After a series of sessions Sean began to reach for toys, to develop strength and to move around the room. With his increasing ability to go for it, Sean’s language started coming in, and then took off in grand leaps.
Rebuilding from traumatic injury
Our daughter’s traumatic birth resulted in a brain injury. I was very concerned about both physical and emotional damages it caused to her. While we were in NICU I found an article that Catherine wrote. It focused on birth trauma and how children could be helped to process the trauma to ease the negative effects. I knew we wanted to see her. I was amazed to see the changes in my daughter as Catherine worked on her. She taught us and provided videos of our sessions so we could bring the work home.
Well organized movements in the first year are essential for bonding and social/emotional maturation, forming your child’s emerging sense of self. Developmental movements are the basis for early mastery learning and cognition skills. These same movements create coordination and postural alignment for your child’s growing body.
During the first year, your child’s brain and body are primed for specific movements. Small gaps or barriers may impede your child in meeting her developmental milestones. You can learn simple movement and touch guidance to help your child catch up during the sensitive first years. There is very little value in waiting for a child to grow out of delay when outside normal ranges.
Children with very low tone, very high tone, or uneven movement are prone to movement delays. Myofascial toning can be combined with developmental movement therapy to yield the best results for your child’s development.
Does your child have a hard time connecting with you or with other children? The early signs of emotional and social delay show up as poor bonding and attachment. If your baby or toddler is not connecting well with you, she may have sensory or sensori-motor difficulties, or may have experienced emotional trauma during birth. Social-emotional delays have profound, long term consequences, since young children develop in interdependent relationships. Help your child bond with you through playful, relational activities that activate key connections for his mind.
Early learning & language delay
Early learning and language development emerges from a sound base of experience in movement, breastfeeding and social experience, along with good auditory function. If your baby was delayed in these earlier experiences, he can often quickly catch up with simple daily activities to rebuild this base.
Some children experience language delay because of clogged ear ducts, due to displaced cranial bones from the intensity of birth. Craniosacral therapy can open these ducts and restore full hearing.
If your child faces profound challenges in many arenas, I can help with direct hands-on therapy and show you how you can help your child move along in development day by day at home.