INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT
I'm training to become an
INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT EDUCATOR (IDME)
via The School of Body-Mind Centering™
The program is offered by Sonder (a licensed org of BMC™)
...an IDME is a person well studied in developmental movements, developmental theory, and the primitive reflexes, righting reactions, and equilibrium responses of babies. IDMEs can work with caregivers to support the natural and full progression of those deve moves, developing senses, and the reflexes, etc. The intention is to educate parents about how they can support their babies movement development, so they have a better chance at becoming competent, coordinated, integrated human beings. IDME work is also about supporting adults in understanding that we are a baby's environment. What we do with, to and around them not only matters, but also deeply affects how and what they develop!
According to google, developmental theory presents systematic ways of thinking about how human beings grow from babies to adolescents to adults to elderly people, and the various changes they undergo as they make this passage. Different developmental theories describe different types of changes. From the IDME perspective, the idea that all the integrated parts of developmental movement patterns, the primitive reflexes, righting reactions, equilibrium responses, and sensory integration is a methodical, layered and complex process that needs support. Grown-ups are the baby's environment and so how caregivers meet the needs of infants shapes those infants. Supporting the natural development and allowing the learning process to unfold might also include intervening to help right and left sides develop equal access, support for the spine so the head takes the lead, support for getting the legs under the head, support for the integrity of support to remain in the front of the spine, rather than the surface back.... so many ways to support a baby to their most easeful and confident way to walking. Also, that we do not need to teach babies how to walk! We humans have been figuring this out for millennia! And that standing or walking sooner, is definitely not better.
Reflexes & Deve Patterns
These are not just for babies! Of course allowing and including all of the above for a growing baby is ideal! Some of us grown-ups very likely missed out on some of it. We can, as adults go back and relearn, or re-pattern, these ancient pathways. We can find the felt sense of waking up connections that we never honed as babies and/or have taken for granted as adults. Using the spinal patterns, somatics, rolling, dancing, crawling, retracing reflexes, practicing falling, whatever gets us into the felt sense of ourself, we can cultivate the somatic intelligence for a more comfortable and integrated body-mind. No matter the age.
...for you, or for your baby and you, or just for your baby (and you)!