Embodied Parenting for Caregiver & Baby
Your baby is speaking to you right from the beginning! You are actually building your relationship with your baby during pregnancy as you feel and watch your baby grow. Your baby has a presence during pregnancy as he moves and responds to stimuli from the world outside. At birth your baby already has developed important nonverbal skills to tell you how he feels and what his needs are. She communicates with you through her body actions, cries and the way she looks at you.
As parents, and caregivers you also have instinctive ways to respond to your baby. Throughout all cultures rocking, dancing and singing are universal ways to both soothe and play with babies. Did you know that these playful activities and all activities that enable your baby to use his body to actively explore the world around him actually plays a vital role in how your baby’s brain grows? Did you know that the more you pay attention, pause and respond thoughtfully to your baby’s nonverbal signals you are building his trust in not only you but the world around him? And, did you know that as you play with your baby through loving physical interactions you are both strengthening his brain connections and his connections with you and others at the same time?
In Embodied Parenting dance classes you learn how to read your baby and young child’s nonverbal cues, supporting his emotional and social development. The activities you will learn in class are based on the rich and growing body of research from the fields of neuroscience, infant development and psychology that demonstrate that babies do best when they have the opportunity to freely explore their world through active, physical, live, caring relationships. You will explore the specifics of your nonverbal relationship to discover the unique nonverbal signals that you and your child have created to communicate and bond.
You will learn how to use mindfulness, dance, movement, music, finger-play games, song, and play to both soothe and calm as well as stimulate multi-sensory awareness and enhance the development of your baby’s mind, body, and emotions.
I hope you enjoy the Dance!