FROM KATRINA: Hello friends,
This week in the Son-Rise Program Intensive we have a handsome young man. He is not as obvious as some kids in his interests. He will not walk up to you and hand you a toy or look at you and request an item off of the shelf. No, my new friend is a little more enigmatic than that. How than can I connect? How will I find out what will make him purr with excitement? I will tell you! Through joining!
Joining is one of the easiest ways I have found to learn more about a child and what they like, how they possibly feel, and what they want their world to be like. Take for example this young man. Yesterday in my session he tapped two sticks together, sometimes on the therapy ball and scrunched up his nose. What could I take from this? Well when I did it myself I thought: perhaps he scrunches his nose because he likes pressure on the front of his head, perhaps he has a fondness for long objects, maybe he likes vibrations and rythmical predictable movement. We can learn so much about our children by doing what they do and seeing what we see and feel. Then, when they give us an opportunity(a green light) we can offer them a game based on these motivations. When he looked at me, I began drumming like a rockstar (based on his possible intrest in vibrations) and he smiled at me, we played an 8 minute game!
I once had a mother tell me before a Start Up that she learned more about her child in joining him for 1/2 an hour than she had known his whole life. Wow! That is so inspiring! How wonderful that this mother had the opportunity to get to know her child in a deeper way!
Please feel free to share what you have learned about your child through joining!
Love to you all,
P.S. To any of you who are coming to Maximum Impact, I would love to meet you. I will be greeting people in the Mountain House this Sunday between 5-9pm!