This is an era of hybrid, distance, and in-home learning in which we are best to be moving more. For all students, we recommend at least one hour of vigorous physical activity or active play per day. Honestly, that is often not enough. We regulate throughout the day. Active play, rhythmic movement, art, music, and meditation are some of the best ways to self-regulate.
For children with sensory overload, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety and neurodiversity I recommend our students do coordinative-beat-based rhythmic activities for 3-5 minutes at a time every 20 minutes or 45 minutes (depending on the student) to alert the brain, practice executive functions, reduce stress, and provide opportunities for self-regulation. We use our bodies and the environment (floor, wall, chair, desk) to engage sequencing, patterning, proprioception, rhythm, and heavy work as needed. Making time for physical activities, art, music dance and movement are central to students’ growth and development. These movement opportunities also aid in reducing anxiety and depression while enhancing self-esteem, mastery, relationships, and social cohesion.
Here are some resources I curated for our students and educators. CLICK on the links to go to the resource page for each program, organization, or service.
Together, we can improve the trajectory of students’ learning with art, music, physical activity, and movement.