“He doesn’t want to talk or do anything. He seems anxious.” ~Dad of Justin, Age 5
Justin was sitting, holding his arms across his chest with his head down and a frown on his face. His parents communicated his lack of interest in playing or speaking to others, saying, “He seems anxious and afraid.”
I then noticed his foot tapping in place. I began to tap my foot with his. I told him, “Let’s start like our feet and see if we can pretend to see where we would go.” We agreed to take a journey with our bodies, and he expressed a desire to pretend to go “to the water.” In response, we increased our movements and started to swim with our bodies, moving our legs, arms, and heads as if in the water.
Justin then stopped and pretended like he was floating. He stated, “I am a turtle.” As we moved like turtles, I noted to him that he had a protective shell and that he could peek out his head and explore when he wanted, on his own time. He then led me around the room, peeking out and looking at the various areas, playfully getting acquainted to the space.
What is so inspiring about this session is that with the support to move, the child came up with the idea of being a turtle and of using the movement qualities safest to him to feel comfortable and get used to the environment. The use of movement permitted Justin to gain control over his body and advocate for his own timing and exploration of his surroundings. He transformed what seemed to be an anxious feeling about his environment to a place that he could feel comfortable.
I am pleased to have the opportunity to connect with children and support their interests. Find more information and support by connecting with me, www.drloribaudino.com.
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