In the last post we considered how quiet and stillness helps us savour the ‘hygge’ in our settings in winter. What about the children who struggle to relax? We reviewed the power of soft voices with easily-dysregulated children.
Let’s think about how movement helps to regulate the breath, which in turn regulates heart rate and the nervous system ‘brake’. When you get the children really moving, so they start to puff and pant, as they stop and slow down, notice which children need longer to settle.
These children have lower ‘regulation fitness’ and need structured, regulating, movement often throughout their session.
Integrating movements to music can add to the fun and increase motivation, develop language skills through rhyming songs and support sensory integration.
How closely do we plan our input to our children’s sensory developmental profile? You might find this checklist and activities helpful.
Find out more about helping children self-regulate through movement: Early Years Mental Health training – a video, useful links and free resources are here.