“My son is acting out, moody and appears unable to sit still?” (Oscar, age 4)
As a clinician I’ve always looked at the “whole” child when supporting the many reported behaviors and symptoms that are presented. I address the child’s movement profile, his sensory system, his attachment patterns, learning style, and the environment he lives in. I have spent years learning about how our eyes work to perceive and take information, how the auditory system works to process information and even how nutrition, sleep and activities play a critical role in our moods and relationships. But, what about Fascia- the network that holds the body together and is said to store memories and life messages/patterns. More specifically what about our tongues and our mouths?
When Oscar came into my office I had set up some simple toys to explore- immediately he darted from one item to the next. He sat folded over, head jetted out, mouth wide open and tongue to one side. He made little verbal sounds however his deep breath panted throughout the space. Just sitting was exhausting for him. His eyes appeared tired, while his body moved quickly in the space.
After speaking with Oral facial Myofunctional Specialists, reading more on Fascia, tongue posture, Orthotropics and “Mewing” a light bulb went off.
We can support a child’s behaviors, if we address the underlying connective tissue and body postures that may be affecting the body. When a child’s posture- back, head, face and tongue are properly aligned he will breath with ease, sleep fully and present as happy and regulated.
Oscar would learn how to understand his brain’s response to stress and new coping strategies for his “big” feelings while also learning about how to support his body posture and movements to create ease and new fascia connections. By collaborating across disciplines – the therapeutic benefits are profound and Oscar can balance his mind, body and spirit!
Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families to support their development, awareness and connections! For more ways to learn how to embody parenting and support your child through life, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.