For those of you who haven’t heard of BrainDance, I encourage you to check it out. BrainDance is a series of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. Anne Green Gilbert, the developer of BrainDance, suggests that “cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system. Repeating these patterns over time may help us fill in any missing gaps in our neurological system due to birth trauma, illness, environment, head injury or not enough floor time as a baby.”
Music Therapy Services of Portland had a child with autism who needed help getting up in the morning. I created this song and video to help from the moment she awakened. The video is power packed with Anne Green Gilbert’s concepts but put to music in a way that helps create predictability and structure. Give it a try with your child and do it alongside them. If they need assistance, I encourage you to help them out the first few times. Recruit the entire family, sing along as much as possible, and try this every morning for at least a week. You’ll have a structured group activity and fantastic modeling for your child.
Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC