This workshop is designed for psychologists, educators, artists, health professionals, arts professionals, and social entrepreneurs who want to work with somatic practices for children and their caretakers. It is for people who:
Tune in to Children works on the premise that children are able to naturally self-regulate and also able to develop healthy relationships throughout their growth process.
But what might prevent them to feel and act creatively and responsive with the world around them? In short, the underlying cause is the feeling of being overwhelmed.
We live in an extremely fast-moving world, where complexity increases on a daily basis by information, temptations, and demands. A world of choice often leaves us confused as to the best way forward.
As adults, we have developed skills to help us to navigate this busy world, just. But, for children living in this ever-changing environment, sometimes the constant stimulation, or pressure to improve can overwhelm. Couple this with a traumatic life event, which can range from a simple fall, to a parent’s illness, to a loss, and children behavior can be impacted.
Helping them to develop the awareness of their own emotions and experiences, this overwhelming feeling can be better contained. With that in place, children will feel empowered to have healthy relationships, to learn and be able to follow their inner voice and creative self.
The aim of Tune in to Children is to help professionals support children reorganize and rebalance the autonomic nervous system at the biological/survival level after being overwhelmed following a stressful or traumatic event through the use of play and joyful movement, awareness of the self and others.
These hands-on, interactive workshops provide original insights and effective strategies for working with individuals and groups to promote healing and well-being.
Mastering Self-regulation for Children Part II — The Inner and Outer World In this second part of Tune in to Children, we will deepen our attention to a more sophisticated energetic layer, the Felt-sense. We will develop an eye and hand to read and access the energetic flux when children experience fear, body pain, confusion, insecurity, anxiety, etc. We will learn proprioceptive exercises, how to work with integrative touch and increase child's natural capacity to self-regulate and reestablish the healthy flow and comfort. Also in this workshop we will further explore the Five Phases of Self-regulation Cycle map and work with different types of readiness, action, and interaction and bring it to a more sophisticated quality of integration, using the Somatic Self-regulatory Touch for children. Different than adults, Somatic Self-regulatory Touch for children, require different timing, language and specific approach to be effective. We will practice how, when and why to use Somatic Self-regulatory Touch to restore the natural flow of energy in the child's system.
Mastering Self-regulation for Children Part III – Systemic Tracking – The Embodiment of the Meaning for Deeper Self-regulation and Integration In this module we will introduce another intuitive framework to help professionals to attune with the child’s internal experiences, Systemic Tracking. We will deepen into the children non-verbal communication and facilitate the Autonomic Nervous System to integrate while expressing through informal conversation with you and when sharing stories. This module will make the connection between the body experiences and the symbolic realm. -How to use Systemic Tracking framework – Attunement and communication through verbal and non-verbal communication
In this forth part we will focus on strategies to work with children in group settings. Most children, when left to their own devices, find ways of restoring their self-regulation organically through the interactions with other children. To support that, safety is the foundation of self-regulation and homeostasis. In somatic work, reconnecting with the experience of safety is essential for the stabilization of autonomic nervous system processes. Thus, when it comes to engaging groups, facilitators may be tempted to try and establish a semblance of order, by requesting that the group assemble in a particular manner, settle down, be physically uniform, etc. However, this does little to influence the felt-sense of safety within the group and may in fact mask levels of internal dysregulation, containing them only superficially. In this workshop we will show strategies and tools to identify the underlying needs express by the child revealed in their interactions with his playmates, gestures and behaviors during the activities.
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