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“Is she always happy? She is so much fun to be with and she is always smiling!“ (Sophia, Age 4)

Sophia was seen as a typical 4 year old girl. Big smile, curly pony tail, and lots of energy. She had lots to say and seemed to be pleased to join most activities especially if she had friends with her. Her father brought her to therapy because while Sophia acted happy and engaged in public, her dad was concerned that when at home she showed a lot of big feelings, ones he often had no clue how to handle.

On a weekly basis, I heard stories of the ups and downs of Sophia. In therapy, Sophia learned how to be aware of her big feelings in her body. She explored how to pretend and carry out situations in which she would have to problem solve without becoming overly angered or reverting to screaming. Sophia also learned about regulation.

She felt really comfortable when she was able to share control and participate in activities in which she was able to use various qualities of movement such as weight and space. For instance, she explored options for using strength and when to initiate lightness. With intentional movement she had a better understanding of the impact she had on others especially her dad. Sophia practiced relaxing with her dad, playing games like movement charades to embody communication and read social cues. Most importantly, Sophia and her dad got to learn about one another, trust one another and learn how to cope with disconnects.  Sophia’s dad expressed enjoyment as he became friends with Sophia.

Getting to know our children means allowing them to get to know us. I support parents and children with daily challenges and daily triumphs. Therapy is a place to explore all of development!  Email me at therapy@drloribaudino.com 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.

Special Thanks to The Andrea Rizzo Foundation. Dreasdream.org

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