Little Gifts of Synchronicity
Love how things come to you – just when you need them!
This week has been full of moments that have come together by random chance. A friend handed me a flyer on some free yoga workshops at The Abbotsford Convent next month, and turns out they are linked to teachings for children with special needs. On top of this another friend lent me a book called ‘Kids Beyond Limits’, and the lady who is teaching the yoga class at the convent is a qualified specialist in this therapy. Yay!
Regardless of the need or disability, whether it is autism or cerebral palsy or some other condition, the issue always comes back to the brain. Our brains organise all that we do. They create order out of chaos and make sense of the constant flow of stimulation coming our way. But how does the brain do this, and what does it have to do with your child with special needs?
The first part of the answer is that everything we do, every action we take, every moment that expresses our lives, every thought and emotion is made possible by our brain’s capacity for organising and bringing coherence to lifes endless flow of stimulation and sensation. When a child has special needs, this process is interfered with. It is here, in the brain’s capacity for organising and making sense of itself and its world that we find our greatest opportunities for helping our child grow past their present limitations.
The transformation from random to intentional and purposeful movement and action begins with our brain’s ability to perceive differences. How ways it is to take the extraordinary ability for granted! It seems like such a simple thing, It’s one of those abilities that goes behind the background of everything we do, without having to think about it. But without this ability we could do little or nothing in life. All action, all skill, actually our very survival, totally depends on it…
The child’s ability to notice differences in what she sees, hears, tastes, smells, and feels in her moving body is at the heart of the brains capacity for creating new neurconnections and pathways. It is from this ability to perceive differences that all further pattens are formed, be it learning to grasp a toy, learning to say “mama”, walking, responding.. When we truly understand the profound importance of this capacity, it opens up vast new possibilities for helping the child with special needs… (extract form the book p. 30).