Monday, December 6, 2010
Many of the classes I teach for little ones from yoga to very messy play are actually thanks to work of people like Carol Kranowitz who wrote: The Out of Sync Child, The Out of Sync Child Has Fun, and How to Grow an In Sync Child.
Her work has completely demystified sensory issues, in fact, SPD or Sensory Processing Disorder, has been called "the new ADHD." People who know better may not think it is so "new" rather an historical misdiagnosis.
Children with special needs have taught many of us about how the developing brain works. All of us are occasionally out of sync, and many things that become atypical needs at a certain age--i.e. spinning--are a part of the typical development at another. It has become my interest to fuse the amazing works of all great educarers from Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the first Waldorf School, Occupational Therapists, and Brain Gym.
As a new feature for this blog, for those of you who I have not had the good fortune of meeting in a class and those I have, is that I would like to share some of my resources, give you some great info and links to purchase these books for your own library.
Please read Carol's "Seven Drops" below, great for your "back pocket."
From, The Out of Sync Child Has Fun:
THE SEVEN DROPS
When your child is having a bad day, consider these "Seven Drops"
1. DROP YOUR VOICE
When your child is explosive, demanding, and loud and needs immediate emotional first-aid, lower the volume of your voice. When you whisper, people will listen.
2. DROP YOUR BODY
Research about stress and early brain development show that children relax when caregivers are physically on their level. Megan R. Gunmnar, PhD. at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, shows that children's cortisol level goes down when caregivers are responsive and close. (Too much cortisol makes us anxious, aggressive and unable to calm.) Grown-ups standing over a child arms akimbo, or sitting in a chair, reading, can potentially raise the child's stress. Grown-ups on the floor can reduce the child's stress.
Another proponent of being on the floor with a child is child psychiatrist Stanley J. Greenspan, M.D. FloorTime, based on his work, is a systematic technique that fosters children's healthy emotional development through intensive, one-on-one interactions with adults who are literally on the child's level.
Drop your body, and you will see your child relax and relate.
3. DROP YOUR TV REMOTE
Certainly, you cherish your precious few moments to watch television, read the newspaper, or concentrate on a task without interruption. Still, when your child approaches you in an undemanding way and makes an observation or asks a question, seize the moment. This is your chance to relate in a positive and meaningful way. You will never have another opportunity just like it again.
4. DROP YOUR GUARD
Let your child take risks. Risks, that is, that are SAFE. Taking calculated risks is how we learn new skills. Every now and then, let your child fall down on a padded surface. You cannot protect him forever from the ups and downs o life. He most certainly will stumble, and he must learn all by himself, in his own way, how to cope and recover.
5. DROP YOUR DEFENSES
So your mother-in-law says you're too lenient, the teacher says your child must learn how to get along, and the next-door neighbor shakes her head when you're dealing with your child's meltdown in the front yard. People like order, your child is disorderly.
What should you do about the blaming, misunderstanding, and head shaking? Don't ignore it; meet it.
6. DROP YOUR BATTERIES
Batteries are required to turn on a flashlight, but to turn on a child they can't hold a candle to hands-on experiences. Battery-operated toys, which often serve as electronic babysitters, can dim a child's appetite to gain new physical and mental skills. Active bodies and brain cells are a child's primary energy source. Give "kid power" a chance.
7. DROP YOUR MISCONCEPTION THAT FUN IS FRIVOLOUS
We are all born to be pleasure-seekers. We gotta have fun--or else we rust. Good sensations are neither an "extra" nor a reward; they are a necessity.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Weeks of collecting and cutting hundreds of straws and generous donation from Coffee Bean Hollywood--shout out--
to create this rich tactile tub of sound, color, texture, and fun! A few months
to go before my goal to fill a pool, a tiny pool.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
10 months to 22 our little ones all found there way through the hay! No one was deterred by the cobwebs, mice, gourds, pumpkins or cotton-ball ghosts! Boo!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
DIG WITH ME!
parent-and-me messy playgroup
music-and-movement, developmental play, and hands-on digging!
OCT 28 Dress-up and Dig Halloween
“Hay” and “Soil” (not dirty)
NOV 4 Dig through Straws
NOV 11 Dig through Dry and Wet
NOV 18 Dig through Rice and Beans
Drop In $22
4-Class Package $65
Drop In $25
4 class Package $75
To register contact:
Betsy Edelberg (323) 841-0369 email@example.com
for pics of “Paint with Me” and “Waterplay with Me” and for more information about sensory integration
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wet-on-wet is a wonderful way to introduce painting to our very youngest children. We use Stockmar paints which truly represent color the way it is seen in nature. First we soaked the watercolor paper in water, when we took the soaked paper out of the water, we used medicine droppers and paint brushes and watched the colors dance and chase each other all over the pages.
Sensory Integration Activities are the lifeline to providing and achieving the necessary challenges for your child so they maximize:
intellectual, social, and emotional development
the development of a positive self-esteem
a mind and body which is ready for learning
positive interactions in the world around him
the achievement of normal developmental milestones
From the womb into adulthood, our neurological systems are developing
and processing an overwhelming amount of sensory information every day.
Our system must then interpret this information and make it ready to be
tolerated and used for specific purposes.
If this normal developmental process is hindered in any way, it can cause detrimental effects. Proper intake and use of sensory input is absolutely critical to a child's maturation process and the building of core, foundational skills. I certainly can not stress this enough... it isthat important!
The best part about sensory integration activities is the creative fun
you can have coming up with ideas, playing with your child using sensory
input, or purchasing unique toys and products anyone would love! (I'll be honest, sometimes adults need and love these products as much as, if not more than, the child!)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Here is a quick message re: Toddler Yoga, Thursday January 7.
For our first Green Art Project on Thursday, PLEASE SAVE AND BRING USED DRYER SHEETS (fabric softener sheets) to class.
Thank you :)