From the moment of conception, our children are in a constant state of movement, whether it is cellular division and growth, tumbling and turning and pushing in the womb or learning to push up, roll over, sit, crawl, walk and run. At every stage of development our children are moving and learning and these two go hand in hand.
Within the brain and body there are countless nerves and connections that provide communication pathways between our mind (how we make decisions) and our muscles (how we carry out our chosen actions). As we move we strengthen our muscles and develop our physical skills whilst we also stimulate our brain. Movement helps the brain to strengthen connections that help us to:
Movement which involves feedback from the eyes, movement of the head through space, and hard work or compression through the muscles (eg. Jumping on the trampoline while catching a ball or avoiding something on the mat) can support development of the connections between the brain and the body. Movement is vital to neurological development and as an Occupational Therapist I see it as the first step in getting ready to learn each day.
Director/Senior Occupational Therapist, RAR Therapy