Sensory, Energy and Mindful Movement for Children

Behaviour issues and Children not wanting to learn or focus, or children being left behind in the school system because they cannot find ways of being heard and seen. Children with high anxiety and challenging behaviours that are deemed inappropriate and those with learning disabilities.

Children need to move their bodies to be able to learn’

Sensory Energy Movement focuses on the child's movement behaviour as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Communicative, Expressive and adaptive behaviours are all taken into consideration in a group, in individual sessions and also with family work.

The way I understand, reflect upon and expand the child's non-verbal expressions really helps children with Autism, Learning Disabilities and Challenging behaviours to build body awareness, improve socialisation and communication skills and help motor deficits. By using the ‘Mirroring Technique’ I am able to assist the child in his/her beginning the process of relationship formation. As the child's self develops they learn to become more aware of others. They learn to respond with eye contact and participate in shared experiences, they learn to break through the isolation and decrease the interpersonal distance that is part of their social isolation. Developing ‘Trust’ is a treatment goal of this form of ‘Movement Therapy’ with children.

From my experiences over the last years many children in school suffer from anxiety and through movement I can help them to respond in ways that will help them shift this anxiety through simple breathing exercises and dances. I use tools and practices from medicine to Chinese energy movements.

As well as echoing the child on a movement level and too on an energetic level part of sessions are about translating what it is the child is doing into simple language. By verbalising the movement explorations we offer the child another means to positively reflect how the child is feeling. This helps to improve the body-image as well as helping him/her to cognitively organise and structure his/her experiences.

What are some of the benefits:

* The child develops Trust

* The child's Anxiety can be channelled into creativity and positivity

* Challenging behaviour lessens

* Integration of body and mind

* The child learns how to communicate positively

* The child's fear subsides

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