“Hey watch this…Listen to this…Feel this”
(Alvin, age 10)
Alvin is one of those kids that seems like he has been here before. He has an “old soul.” He watches the world around him, he marvels over details, he laughs out loud from his belly and he asks endless questions. Alvin can be exhausting to his teachers and his family. He is a child that can be often misunderstood.
His adaptive responses: He paces around the room when other kids transition to their seats – counting in his head till everyone is accounted for. He communicates informational facts to adults as a greeting, and he laughs by using his whole body shaking, twirling and jumping.
When he joined the schools holiday celebration he watched as everyone frantically set up the chairs and moved the food. He noticed minimal eye contact from persons to persons and he marveled at how much noise he could here. When his teacher checked if everyone was seated – he exclaimed that his classmate Victoria was not there. His teacher was then able to find her.
When the room of guests (teachers, parents, and students had finally gathered) sat down, he communicated in a loud voice, that everyone was wearing shoes. Yep, shoes!
He shared in a meek but clear voice that we could all be thankful for shoes this holiday season – he let out a chuckle, and he started to jump, turn and shake with his whole body! His laugh was contagious as the entire room filled with laughter. The other children even joined in on jumping and twirling. Yes, everyone moved their shoes together!
These simple movement moments shared between friends shows the importance of movement and connection. Alvin, used his body to bring everyone together. Watch to see how movement impacts your day today!
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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.