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“She is so scared, uncomfortable, and overwhelmed she doesn’t want to do anything…she hasn’t even smiled.” (Kaitlyn, age 5)

Often when the body feels intense pain, discomfort, or stress it is very difficult to stop these feelings. Some people advice to distract away from these challenges. In my therapeutic work I believe in empowerment!

Kaitlyn, was so overwhelmed by her physical and emotional experiences that she wouldn’t move, speak or show interest in interacting with others. She appeared frightened by others even coming close to her. She held her body in a curled up posture, and at times pressed her hands tightly around her knees.

I told Kaitlyn about her super senses. Her ability to choose and interact, in her own time, with what was already a part of her. Not to interact with me, yet, but just with her own senses.

She started first by listening to 3 different sounds in the room. When she found them, she loosened her grip on her knees. Then, she looked for 2 different shapes. Her eyes focussed in and up on the ceiling. Her posture shifted and her knees fell open into a relaxed seated position. She then felt the sensations of heat, cold air, soft cotton, and her hair – all items on her body. She looked me in the eye and communicated that she noticed her discomfort had ceased. She allowed her mother to wrap around her and rock together. She then joined their hands and they both started to play and move. Together, they heard more sounds, looked and explored more sights, and felt more joy!

Utilizing the senses to create an opportuntiy to accept choices, gain control, and share in movement creates awareness. Awareness brings an ability to stay present in the here and now, an attunement, and a sense of connection.

Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families to support challenges, create connection, and bring awareness to all their capabilities. 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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