A Balanced ChildThe Key to Success in Child Development and Learning
As early as the beginning of the century physicians, psychologists and research educators have studied child development and physical movement as the basis for cognitive, social and emotional growth. As parents we know it is natural for children to be engaged in movement. The children of today are likely not participating in normal childhood games and activities. Hours watching the television and sitting in front of computers or playing with hand-held devices has disrupted necessary developmental stages. Without the opportunities to move and progress through these phases the brain is unable to develop foundational skills necessary for intellectual development. Concentration, focus, attention and organizational skills are all affected. The brain and body are intimately connected.
At A Balanced Child we utilize a whole body approach. It is essential to assess and monitor physical, mental and emotional growth. Each child comes with a unique and diverse background, and requires different recommendations. Each child will have movement exercises, drawing and painting forms, as well as nutritional suggestions to support a shift back into balance.
Based on extensive past experiences working with different age groups, the recommendations are uniquely tailored for each child.
The focus is on observation of movement, balance and sensory skills. Flower essences, watercolor movement exercises and detailed intake energy work is incorporated and optional. The elements of play are weaved in for this age group.
Following a detailed intake an Extra Lesson Assessment provides the information for a selection of movement and drawing exercises that are in The Extra Lesson® session. Flower essences are chosen to address issues of emotional well-being, social development and mind-body health. Energy work is incorporated and complements the sessions well.
High School Students
The process is similar in some ways to the elementary age group. Some of the movement exercises are the same, however there are additional exercises unique for this age group. The watercolor and drawing exercises were designed with the adolescent in mind. Energy work is recommended.