Michelle Turner shares how it feels to use movement therapy to help children with developmental delays.
As a movement therapist what I get to work with, with a young child just showing it a different perspective of the world, is just amazing.
Just this past week I was working with a little guy with chromosome deletion 21, which is a form of Down syndrome, happy little guy and just again, likes to just lay there, light movements.
So I knew by working with the child that rolling over was going to be an issue because if he is not supporting the head this way he is not going to support it this way when he is rolling over on his belly.
And when a child rolls over on to his belly and can’t support that head it’s almost like a fear of drowning. They can’t save themselves and they get very fussy.
So I was able to first bring his head up and when he saw his mommy for the first time in that position, oh you know, and that’s where the language kicks in because that’s what he did. He just had that baby squeal with delight, oh mommy.
And then he started checking out things and I was allowing the head just to stay up enough and then he learned he could actually roll over with the head up versus being on the table trying to roll over that way.
So, I didn’t facilitate the move for him, I went for a ride almost. So he still was successful enough but without me being a part of the equation.
And when I saw that he was figuring out that he could hold his head up, even just for a couple of minutes, I let go and watched that and just to see his eyes say, wow, whole new world, because he had never seen the world from his belly with his heads up.
And it might sound so simple but to allow that to happen or just to be a part of that it’s a joy.
About Michelle M. Turner:
Michelle M. Turner is a Movement Specialist and Educator. She works with her patient’s skeletal system and central nervous system creating new movement and specializes in the Anat Baniel Method. The Anat Baniel Method has been proven to decrease pain, increase mobility and improve cognitive functions and communication skills. Michelle earned her BFA from Syracuse University in New York.