Fall 2018 Class Article
Did you know that there are nearly 400,000 children between the ages of 3-9years old in the USA who are seeking early intervention services for developmental delays? (Morin) While there are several reasons that children seek EI services, there are various ways that we as parents can educate ourselves to do what is necessary to help empower our little ones along in their movement journey.
Where do we begin?
We are our children's environment and provide them with the necessary experiences to help build their healthy brains. Please read this week's article about Brain architecture in children: Brain Architecture Article .
In addition to allowing plenty of floor time to explore without using too much baby equipment, It is through bonding and positive experiences that our little ones are able to integrate their senses and reflexes and to become physically literate and confident with their bodies.
It is also important for all of us to be patient and to respect where our little ones are in their stage of development. As you could clearly see today, most of the children were around the same age but were completely different in their fine and gross motor skills.
New Parents and Returning Parents(as a reminder) - In class we move through 8 developmental movement patterns which are natural patterns that all typical developing babies move through their first year of life. We move through these patterns via exercises paired with nursery rhymes to help connect our little one's minds and bodies. It is also great to revisit these patterns in the case that your little one missed a movement step (example... not crawling to walking or not rolling to crawling).
1. Breath (Taking deep breaths after each movement, Bubble Gum in a dish)
2. Tactile (Clap your hands with me, squeeze your legs, pat your arms + Itsy Bitsy Spider)
3. Core Distal/ Navel Radiation (Open Shut Them)
4. Head Tail (Humpty Dumpty, Bounce like a Ball)
5. Upper Lower/Homologous (Reaching high and low)
6. Body Sides/Homolateral (With the Octaband - Row Row Row your boat)
7. Cross Lateral/Contralateral (one two buckle my shoe)
8. Vestibular (The wheels on the bus with our Octaband + Old Macdonald and Zoom Zoom with the therapy balls).
Movement/Dancing is integral to building brain development, helps your little one find a sense of body awareness and social awareness. We danced to music from Angola and France today and played instruments to Elvis Presley.
Enjoy this article!
Brain Architecture. Retrieved from https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/brain-architecture/
Morin, A. Developmental Delays by the Numbers. Retrieved from https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/treatments-approaches/early-intervention/developmental-delays-by-the-numbers