The continuous changes and needs of young, growing children provide us with both delight and challenge. Toddlers and preschoolers may develop at wildly different rates in each arena of their little lives. We can sort out what is going on inside their little minds and bodies to help them develop a secure sense of self and other. Early intervention incorporating developmental movement and mindfulness can change the course of a little one’s life.
Health and wellness
Many health issues of early childhood can be resolved with gentle, non-invasive methods. Young children who suffer from earaches, trouble sleeping chronic health problems, those who are listless or who are tense can find relief with craniosacral therapy and appropriate integrative therapies.
Abe noticeably improved again after today’s session! He was able to calm himself and just relax in his exersaucer while I was making dinner tonight- that never happens!
Abe was able to put himself back to sleep TWICE last night. He’s never done that even once before! He didn’t cry, just talked to himself for a minute and went back to sleep!
The activities we learned have helped Rory calm his body and strengthen his mind. Doing them Rory can control his body and his thoughts. He becomes more aware of others and the world around him. When life becomes chaotic physically & emotionally for Rory, we go back to activities. He has come to enjoy the activities and to see the benefits too. I have a lot of faith in activities now because they have worked so well. They are tools that we can always return to.
A young child learns first through movement, relationship, touch and each of his senses. In the early years, certain natural movements form your child’s emerging mind. Through these developmental movements your child prepares for learning and for school by setting in place his ABC’s of learning readiness:
A – attention
B – balance
C – coordination
Attention, balance and coordination are crucial pre-academic skills for a child’s growing brain. As the child does simple, specific moves, she activates neural pathways that organize her brain for early learning and for reading, writing and math. Developmental movements bring these all together in playful activity.
Developmental movement therapy benefits children by engaging natural, playful movements that organize the brain. These early intervention strategies are especially valuable during the formative first years of life. The developmental movements are nature’s design to organize the young child’s brain and body.
What goals do you have for your child? What motivates your child? We begin here – with you and your child’s desire to move into an active, engaged life.
Developmental delay can come in many forms, and many mixtures of issues. Stress can interrupt development in many arenas and trigger behaviors which don’t serve the child well. A child’s sensory systems may not be working well for him. Disorganized movement may be undermining his ability to organize his attention or emotions. A child’s behaviors provide us with multiple clues to unravel the puzzle of his hidden being, to remove stress, and to enable the natural unfolding of development.
We can remove barriers to development, and strengthen weak systems. I team with health providers and educators to help children with multiple issues. Early intervention gives us the most powerful access to a child’s innate developmental drivers.