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Some psychomotor interventions can take place also online. This is especially true for sessions with a preventive and educational purpose as, e.g., promoting a good psychological and motor development. It is also possible to organise online group sessions. Due to the variety of personal situations and needs, a phone consultation is needed prior in order to better target needs and possible answers.

Parental counseling sessions are also available online or by phone call.

If interested, please send an email through the form in the contacts section to agree on times and way of communication.

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The consequences of lockdown on the youngest children

The lockdown consequent to the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it also important consequences for children. Experience is an important part of the learning process for them. The youngest children, especially, haven’t had a normal continuity of contact and communication with peers in the last one and a half year (almost two, speaking in terms of school years).

For children, mostly the youngest ones and especially when it is amatter of feelings and emotions, body language is much more important than verbal communication. Outside of theirfamily, children haven’t had, in the last period of time, much experience of communicative and expressive ways like facial mimic or gestures. Not to mention the tonic dialogue that takes place through the body contact and the muscular tension and relaxation.

Children a little older are in a more advanced stage of their development and have already accumulated a wealth of experience about playing with peers, attending school and learning routines. They have also learned something about sharing spaces and objects with their classmates and respecting turns. These social competences are very important for a positive personality development of future adults who aresocially wellintegrated

The regularity of the routine is another fundamental element of school attendance. This is very important, for example, to create the concept of space and time and give a reassuring containment. It remains important, beyond the first steps of development, for the whole childhood. In addition to this, the possibilitiesof doing and interiorising new experiences outside of the family allow the children to tell the parents about  these. This way, they build, step by step, their personal story as individuals.

The lockdown has not onlydeprived the children of all thisbut has alsogreatly diminished their possibility of moving andstaying outside; it has deprived them of their body experience. In children approximately aged between two and four/five years old, all this could have postponed construction of their body memory.

What is body memory?It is the implicit, procedural, sensorial memory, the one that needs more time to consolidate but that, once done, lasts for longer. To simplify, it is what allow us to learn and automatise practical abilities like driving, cycling or swimming. Although it takes long to learn these abilities, once we have made them ours, they become part of our body memory.  Because of that, even after years without practising them, we don’t need to learn them again.

Thelast, but not least important, aspect to consider is that the missed or fragmented attendance to kindergarten or preschool has deprived the children of the opportunity to do activities preparatory to writing that are very important to correctly learn writing skill in the future.

Luckily, there is nothing irreparable. The restart of in-person school  attendance and, as we hope, the possibility of lifting the safety measures, at least among children, will offer them new experiences to be internalised and to take advantage of. Moreover, a well-balanced, social, cognitive and motor development can also be stimulated and supported by psychomotricity sessions, especially if done in small groups.

I offer:

  • Educational-preventive psychomotricity paths in groups of 2-4 children, focused on the abilities of  communication, turns respects, alternation and sharing;
  • Pregraphism (preparation to writing) and/or graphomotricity sessions (individual or in small groups);
  • Relaxation courses

Psychomotricity and psychomotor therapy: what changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Psychomotricity is the discipline that is interested in the balance between our body and our mind, between our intention and our action, between our internal world of emotions and their bodily expression. In psychomotricity, every activity involving a person is at the same time a functional action and an affective-emotional expression. That means that regardless of the fact that a gesture, a movement or a behaviour is put in place to achieve a purpose, perform a duty or to get pleasure and fun, it is an experience that remains in the personal history of the subject and it is pushed by or expresses wishes, motivations, fears or other emotional, social and relational conditionings.

The psychomotor setting is a protected space designed to allow a certain freedom of movement but it is also equipped with objects that can act as an intermediary between the therapist and the subject in therapy, conveying experiences, feelings and emotions. Through play and various motor activities but also allowing a significant relationship with an emotionally available and empathic adult, the psychomotor therapist can achieve important results in helping the recipient of the therapy. For example, he can strengthen their cognitive skills, helping them to overcome eventual academic difficulties; he can positively influence the way they live and elaborate experiences (both past and present) and improve their self-esteem, promoting their self-confidence. Furthermore, he can help them to overcome blocks and fears; to reduce and control eventual anxiety or help to improve their self-control by inhibiting an excessive impulsiveness or, even, hyperactivity.

As the psychomotor setting is thought and designed to encourage and facilitate self-expression as much as possible, it fits perfectly also to educational and preventive projects, as well as to rehabilitation interventions.

By educational and preventive project I mean a structured path in order to favour and stimulate the natural and correct development of all cognitive, psycho-affective and motor components of children’s personality. This will sustain them in their growth and harmonious maturation of all their potentialities. Although this normally happens naturally, letting the children take part in an educational psychomotor path makes this natural process develop in the best way. It prevents eventual future difficulties and facilitates the best accomplishment of their potential.

The current situation, heavily conditioned by the pandemic, has forced all of us to change daily habits and relationship modalities. This has definitely affected many working sectors, not least those relating to any kind of service and assistance to people. Among these, psychomotricity, both as educational and therapeutic intervention, has been strongly affected by the drastic limitations imposed by this terrible plague on human relations and possibilities of vicinity and physical contact. This, however, didn’t prevent psychomotor therapists from working out new ways of intervention and approach in order to continue their mission.

In the same way, in my modest sphere, I too have elaborated new techniques and modalities in order to organise online sessions and paths, suitable both for individuals and small groups . They can be educational-preventive as well as therapeutic.

For information and to book an appointment you can email me at pedagogistapsicomotricista@gmail.com or use the form in the contacts page.

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SOME MORE INFORMATION

My name is Cristina Lavagnolo and I am an Italian Pedagogist and Psychomotor therapist who moved to London  some years ago because of family reasons.

I have always worked in the field of education and, especially, when I lived in Italy I worked for many years as a self-employed professional, offering parental counseling, psychomotor therapy and relaxation sessions based on various methods.

I worked with children and adolescents with different kinds of issues as learning difficulties, behavioral problems or disorders of the autistic spectrum.

If you need help in dealing with the daily “little battles” (from tantrums to difficulties of making them sleep quietly in their bed) or with more worrying issues like learning difficulties or behavioral disorders, don’t hesitate to contact me through the contact form or send me an email to the following address: pedagogistapsicomotricista@gmail.com

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ABOUT ME

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I am an Italian pedagogist and psychomotor therapist who lives and works in London.

I OFFER:

  • parental consulting about any kind of educational issues;
  • training and strengthening of cognitive abilities to overcome learning difficulties;
  • treatment of behavioral issues through psychomotor and relaxation techniques;
  • relaxation sessions for children.
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