If you have squirmin’ wormin’ little one’s Dr. Lynne Kenney, co-author with Wendy Young, of Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry over-the-top kids has some helpful advice.
- Kids who move a lot are often seeking brain stimulation. Creating days filled with a variety of calming and alerting activities is just the ticket. For calming activities, yoga, listening to music, drawing, crafts and art are body calmers. You can find an array of activities on Lynne’s NEW community FB. For alerting activities consider 15 minutes outside several times a day for little ones and longer periods of time for older kids.
- Research tells us that children who exercise remain calm longer, think better and socialize with less impulsivity. So playing outside, jumping rope, playing tennis in the drive-way, walking to day camp, shooting hoops or kicking a soccer ball are all good movement morsels to sprinkle throughout the day. SPARKPE is a terrific resource for schools and families.
- Music can be both calming and alerting, so it’s pretty magical. Playing piano (even if you aren’t very good at it) for 10 minutes at a time can re-organize the brain and the body. For your kid’s listening pleasure visit Kiboomu or Stressfreekids.com.
Share your ideas and resources with us as well. We are planning on building a lot of brains and bodies this year.
Lynne Kenney, PsyD, is a mom, pediatric psychologist, educator, speaker and author of Musical Thinking, Bloom Your Room, 70 Play Activities and co-author with Wendy Young of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. Lynne integrates neuroscience, nutrition, exercise and music research to enhance brain function and learning in children. She has a variety of parenting and education tools to help parents, clinicians and teachers available HERE. Lynne teaches Play Math to 3rd and 4th graders and does over 50 workshops a year. Learn more about how she can speak with your school or clinic HERE.