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“His favorite thing to do was to jump, but he can’t jump anymore.”

I stood beside a child’s bed with his parents on either side. The boy was just 3 years old and unable to move on his own. His parents talked about his joys, so I offered a way for us to move together, still. Transforming the seemingly impossible to the possible capabilities that lay in front of us. I started by having the parents gently tap on their son’s body, starting with his feet.

They tapped in a rhythm like a heartbeat acknowledging the various parts of his body with a “hello.” The child lay still with a smile on his face and then joined in softly saying “hello” as he glanced at his body. The parents, with his permission, then each took a leg and gently lifted it up in the air as we created a familiar rhyme. Each time we said up, the parents lifted gently up. The boy started to giggle and laugh. He said, “More.”

His parents stood, with tears in their eyes, and continued the song and movements.  A connection was created and a possibility entertained. Josh’s parents said they felt his muscles tighten, and he really seemed like he was jumping. They all had fun. Afterwards, we were able to talk about memories and changes. This was such a simple moment of pleasure and worth every second.  We always have choices to bring knowledge to the body and connect.

Do you know a parent who could benefit from a transformation? Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families in my inviting, tranquil setting to help them improve their lives. Email me at therapy@drloribaudino.com or call me at (310) 966-0700 to schedule your time.

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