Movement for Anxiety:
Dear parents of anxious children, welcome to an online course created for you.
Designed for you to take as much time as you need, this course gives you tools to help your child feel better. Some of the possible outcomes include:
-reaching for a resource instead of another stressor
-sleeping more soundly
-expanding the window of what feels tolerable in the system
-being able to connect with you on a non-cognitive platform
-re-organizing the brain to fill in any gaps in neurodevelopment
-engaging in safe, healthy expressions of anger
-knowing how to help bring immediate relief in a moment of distress, fear, or tantrum
-hopping out of a spiral of negative thinking
-using the safe presence of another person to feel secure
-improved emotional regulation, communication, and balance
And, yup, all of this is accomplished by the body.
Not by talking, strategizing, convincing, scheduling, rewarding, punishing, or medicating.
The best part is that because we're taking the concept of anxiety out of the mind and into the body,
we remove willpower from the equation. We view our children as whole and complete with bodies that are doing what they are programmed to do: keep them safe.
I'll teach you what is happening in your child's nervous system, how the system may be currently triggered to create anxiety, how to identify what autonomic state your child is in, and how to help them find their way up and out.
Then I'll dive into movement, teaching and demonstrating the answers to all your questions:
Why does movement work for emotional and mental health?
What movement is my child's brain thirsty for? How can I tell?
Which movements work for which kinds of stress?
What kinds of movement should happen just before bed?
What kinds of movement help in the height of anxiety?
Which movements heal the body over time?
This course is delivered via web-based video, divided into short segments for easier viewing. You receive worksheets to help you discover more about your child and keep track of his/her progress, as well as printable cards for easy reminders of the movements and movement categories when you need them the most.
Some of the types of moment include discharging, mobilizing, co-regulating, self-regulating, neurodevelopmental, rhythmic, touch-based, and primal.
The movement-based interventions in this course are applicable to any age, whether your child is three or thirteen. Parents will also get great benefit from applying the information to their own nervous system functionality. Kids who have reduced range of movement can still participate in many of the activities, as the patterns can be adjusted to ability level and/or done manually by the parent. Kids with Down Syndrome, chronic neck issues, or seizures will need permission from a medical care provider.
This course is designed for children who experience mild to moderate anxiety (or as an adjunct to therapy for children with severe anxiety already in the care of a therapeutic professional).
It's incredibly painful to watch as our children live with anxiety. We try to fix their circumstances and their environments to suit their needs, and that route is often not enough to make a permanent difference. The brilliant thing is that they have the tools inside themselves to start to regulate their moods and behaviors. Movement is inseparable from physical, mental, and emotional health. Movement is how we build a brain. Trauma, surgery, stress, difficult birth, overuse of Bumbo seats and Jolly Jumpers, screen-dependence, interruptions in healthy attachment - all these things contribute to a nervous system that becomes wired to look for signs of danger and to feel chronically incapable of balance and stability.
This self-paced course aims to deliver parents the tools they need to understand children's behavior through a nervous system lens, identify their children's state at any given time, and employ a movement or series of movements that serve to calm that system, mobilize stuck energy, and begin to rewire the brain for safety and resilience.
-Over one hour of video content, divided into accessible portions
-Five printable cards of categorized movements
-Three worksheets to help you brainstorm and adapt the information to your child