Introduction: The Moving Child Film I: Supporting Early Development through Movement (01:38)
Movement is important for children to grow and for the brain to develop.
Moving in the Womb: Growing a Body (08:25)
Attunement helps expectant parents develop a relationship with their unborn child. How a mother experiences her environment determines fetal development. Movement provides the building blocks for the child's later movement; it helps reduce stress during pregnancy.
Bonding Body to Body (03:14)
Adjustment is a significant factor in the first three months of a newborn's life. Parenting is a physical experience; movement helps parents connect to their bodies.
Moving in the First Year (05:46)
A mother naturally rocks her baby at a frequency that is exactly or a sub-multiple of the heart rate the baby's brain has made an association with. Music, movement, and touch is important for brain growth. Turn a baby toward the parent/caregiver's body to avoid over-stimulation.
Moving in the First Year: Tummy Time (05:54)
Introduce tummy time early; head lifting sets the vestibular system. Development of foundational senses is necessary to process one's environment. Sensory stimulation supports the development of movement. There are 12 essential movement patterns in the first year of life.
Repatterning Movement (03:13)
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen provides a supportive pathway that helps a young child become aware of his feet; patterns can be set based on birth or early handling. Taking a baby beyond what he or she can do on his or her own can inhibit development.
Moving on Their Own (03:54)
Experts reflect on doing for children before they can do for themselves. At a facility, children engage in various forms of movement as they navigate their environment. Initiating a different dialogue around how children physically live their lives is necessary.
Moving With Toddlers (09:52)
Offer toddlers a variety of sensory stimulation, movement stimulation, and movement challenge. Experts discuss helping children find ways to discharge negative aggressivity, the benefits of rough and tumble play, and mirroring. Play creates the capacity to respond to surprise.
Moving Dynamically: Physical Intelligence (02:15)
Hand activity helps the brain grow. A wide range of movements creates a wide range of interacting, speaking, coping, responding, and knowing each other. Children naturally develop their moving bodies by taking risks.
Moving to Learn (06:06)
Teachers experiment with a movement therapy group for their students. Children need to take charge of their bodies. Balance is an aligning factor in the brain.
Moving Our Feelings: Emotional Intelligence (05:48)
Experts use dance and movement to help children self-regulate and transition; they discuss youth development goals. A group of children "shape" their feelings. Dance is central to the development of culture. Children communicate their needs through movement.
Credits: The Moving Child Film I: Supporting Early Development through Movement (02:33)
Credits: The Moving Child Film I: Supporting Early Development through Movement
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