Today I walked …

Today I walked a couple of my dogs. The first, Tootsie a spry, happy 2

 year old that must smell everything, zig, when I zag and go at Mach 5. My second walk was with my Tiggie, who is now almost 12 years old and blind. I enjoyed both and realized they were a lot like kids. One that goes so fast…interested for a minute but truly curious, the other plodding along, willing to stop and smell an interesting smell for awhile.   How often have you worked with a kiddo that seems like they aren’t paying attention but truly are in the moment, but just for a moment. Or the other child, who needs more time, who takes a longer moment to explore, plan and act upon whatever task is  at hand. I know I’m in the job I’m in because I love both types. I love the busy, hurried and scattered child who doesn’t plan and also love the child who thinks, contemplates and savors long moments of interaction. Teaching both calls for patience, timing and celebration of how the process of a task carries itself.  What kids do you work with, what’s your temperament and how does that mesh with the kids you are trying to  connect with? Have you ever heard of the DISC program…? it is an interesting way to look at personalities. Dogs are not kids and kids are not dogs but approach to tasks can be compared…lets cut a break to each…

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Today I walked …

Today I walked a couple of my dogs. The first, Tootsie a spry, happy 2

 year old that must smell everything, zig, when I zag and go at Mach 5. My second walk was with my Tiggie, who is now almost 12 years old and blind. I enjoyed both and realized they were a lot like kids. One that goes so fast…interested for a minute but truly curious, the other plodding along, willing to stop and smell an interesting smell for awhile.   How often have you worked with a kiddo that seems like they aren’t paying attention but truly are in the moment, but just for a moment. Or the other child, who needs more time, who takes a longer moment to explore, plan and act upon whatever task is  at hand. I know I’m in the job I’m in because I love both types. I love the busy, hurried and scattered child who doesn’t plan and also love the child who thinks, contemplates and savors long moments of interaction. Teaching both calls for patience, timing and celebration of how the process of a task carries itself.  What kids do you work with, what’s your temperament and how does that mesh with the kids you are trying to  connect with? Have you ever heard of the DISC program…? it is an interesting way to look at personalities. Dogs are not kids and kids are not dogs but approach to tasks can be compared…lets cut a break to each…

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Reaching out!

Reaching out!.

Reaching out!

I had the opportunity last night to present my book Yoga and Me, Come be a Tree at the public library in Plymouth NH.  My wonderful illustrator (Kirsten Carruth) and I talked about our collaboration. She displayed all of the original artwork last evening for participants to view.  I read the book aloud to the small but intimate group and we answered questions.  I must admit when I agreed to do this, I was surprised that it wasn’t a “gig” for parents and children. My readings before have been strictly experiential with little and big bodies in yoga poses, with kids shouting, moving and dancing around!  This was very different, (quiet folks that were actually paying attention)  and I really enjoyed it! Many of those that attended approached me after the reading, sharing their experiences with others that are physically challenged. I felt extremely happy that the book resonated with many and that they would share it with others. I never thought of this way of sharing… but now I’m convinced it was a great approach to reach out and connect with others.

OK, now I’m really shaking my head!

I was presenting a preschool seminar yesterday and one of the teachers shared with the class that her preschool denied the teacher’s request for swings for the following reasons: 1. The children might fall off! 2. There would be problems with all being able to access the swings because they would have to take turns!  The outdoor equipment for this schools playground is 3 rocks in the ground and a few little play houses and a track for bike riding. Ok, so please explain to me what those children will do when they go to public school? As an OT, I know swinging builds core muscles, increases fluidity, provides vestibular input for righting ourselves, increases body awareness and is just plain fun! In fact, the more I think about it, this is a lifetime need and a skill set to promote maintaining own bodies as they age. I haven’t seen swing sets for adults in years, other than in a special needs catalog. Hmmm… Now lets think about turn taking (which by the way, is a skill I’m still trying to master, especially when I’m excited) which seems to me to be another one of those lifetime skills we continue to need! If the administrator had said the funding wasn’t there, I’d actually be happier with the response. So what does one do with this information?  I challenge us all to think locally. Look at your playgrounds in your community, in the school your work for or in your city…How can you make a difference? a donation? a suggestion? some research backing up the need? Jump up on one of those community swings if you dare, feel your legs pump, the breeze in your face and calming feeling one gets from linear movement!

When You Wish Upon a Child

When You Wish Upon a Child

Get in the Swing!

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Reach out to a child this weekend…

Hope you have enjoyed  this blog. I appreciate your patience and kindness as I muddle through. My weekend challenge for you is to reach out and enjoy a child’s company this weekend. Even if it means you make googly eyes at one in a grocery store or if you have access to a real, breathing one, read them a book, play a game, carry them on your shoulders, play freeze tag, roll down a hill or what have you? Remembering what we loved as kids can help us reach out today’s child as many will not have experienced the fun things you used to do!  Let me know how it works for you! If you are looking for ideas, connect to my website http://www.allthepossibilitiesinc.com where you can find a monthly calendar filled with fun, user-friendly activities to do with kids. Enjoy the weekend!

 

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