If you work with children, you’ve likely seen an increase in distracted and disorganized behaviors…especially when providing services via telehealth.
We all need different things throughout the day to increase energy to our brains. Research shows that kids’ developing brains need multisensory experiences with the world to build the foundations that enhance attachment and engagement…
…and that excessive screen time actually interferes with these processes.
Screens stress the visual system, and information overload can put kids in a reactive rather than proactive mode.
Even if you only have a thirty-minute treatment session, there are simple exercises you can do that will improve a child’s availability and self-regulation
. These six exercises from Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT help prime neurological pathways and strengthen connections in the brain… So that kids can act intentionally and experience greater success.
In your next session, have your client follow along with these two movement sequences. Afterwards, ask them how each set of exercises made them feel – and what did they notice was different about each of them?
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