“What are we doing today, where are we going, when can we get ice-cream, how long are you working?” (5 year old Sammy)
Summer brings an opportunity to explore outside time, expand on carefree long days and connecting with friends. But, what if your child seems to have more meltdowns, appears more disorganized, and needy?
Sammy communicated his excitement for summer, he smiled and jumped up and down when he talked about swimming at the pool. Naturally, his parents assumed this meant he loved swimming and that they didn’t have to think more about plans for summer. Long days at the pool would do the trick.
While kids can show enjoyment with smiling and jumping, movements may also depict tension, anxiety, and ‘disregulation’.
We worked collaboratively to create a visual schedule of the summer days, to support a balanced day that offered activities that would both bring about energy and recovery (relaxation).
Sammy needed support to understand all the many transitions he would experience in the coming days. This was a lot different than his secure routine during the school year.
We played with movement experiences to practice embodying slowing down. We explored reading each others nonverbal cues, facial expressions, and gestures. His parents identified frequency and duration of his excitement and learned strategies to support regulation across environments. We even decided on a way to accept feelings that may arise when plans change or space is needed.
Do you know of a child heading into summertime? Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families to help support the transitions ahead! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (310) 966-0700 to schedule your time.
Please Note: These stories are based on real moments but all names, ages, and identifying information has been changed to ensure confidentiality and safety for all individuals involved. The events are a composite of related scenarios used to illustrate the work; bringing understanding to the benefits of supporting children through a mind/body connection.