This fun, whimsical song encourages free-dance exploration and listening skills (as children respond to directions in the song). Movement empowers learners, decreases stress, and stimulates communication throughout the brain. Aerobic activity not only increases blood flow to the brain, but also increases recall and reasoning skills.
The "Moro Reflex Self Integration" is a great technique created by Dr. Harald Blomberg. You could use this technique to help students feel calm and safe. Simply have the child lie on their back and bring their knees up to the chest. They then cross arms and gently press on their knees while lifting their head, and tucking in their chin. The second part of the integration is to have the individual gently PULL their knees, without moving their legs and keeping their head down on the floor with a slightly tucked in chin. It is important to teach children calming techniques so they can regulate their own behaviour.
"Passive Stimulation from the Knees" is a Blomberg Rhythmic Movement exercise. The goal is for person laying down to bend their knees and gently push rhythmically towards the head. In our video, the grade one and two students are placing their hands just above the knees on the thighs and pulling rhythmically. It is important this movement be done gently to not hurt the neck. The movement should see a gentle nodding of the neck tucking in. It helps to integrate spinal reflexes such as Spinal Galant and Spinal Pereze. The goal is for the individual laying down to actively push from their feet and reach with their head in a rhythmical manner. Individuals with Downs Syndrome and those with neck injuries, who do not have strong neck muscles, should NOT do this exercise. This movement stimulates the Brain Stem and Cerebellum and arouses the cortex to help with impulse control and executive functioning. Individuals with ADHD and focus challenges would benefit with this gentle stimulation.
In mid-March of this year (2016) I was fortunate to travel to Hong Kong to introduce The Kids-Move Introductory Course in partnership with Frontier Teaching and Therapy Consultancy.
It was great to work with the 4 remarkable people pictured below, from left to right: Teddy, Shan Shan, me, Alice and Chasa. This amazing group had the vision to bring music, movement, and brain-based techniques to Hong Kong to help make learning easier for children. It was also fun sharing so many evenings enjoying Dim sum and…
On March 22nd I had the privilege and pleasure of presenting a mini movement-to-music concert at Sumy City Orphanage in Sumy, Ukraine. I didn’t know quite what to expect, as I’d never been in an orphanage before. I was led into the multi-purpose room, where the children (ages 4-9) were seated in an orderly fashion waiting for me.
After a couple minutes for introductions, I mentioned (through my interpreter) that I hoped the children liked to jump and dance – at which point they absolutely exploded onto the…