little beats blog
BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM, swish, swash, muffle,…BOOM BOOM…
These sounds are the background music in your womb- a soothing blend of interior and exterior riffs working to the rhythmic base of your pumping heart. The saying ‘music is within us’ is more true than we think. In fact, it’s both within us AND around us from the moment our hearts start beating inside mom’s belly.
It has been proven that learning music and rhythm early correlates with higher achievement in grade school. (i) This is nature’s way of telling us that music plays a very special role in human life.
For adults and babies alike, music brings joy, peace, mental-stimulation, and so much more (which is why our classes at Little Beats are designed to be an experience that caregivers can equally enjoy!). But in the early childhood years especially, music is the best tool for learning because it engages young ones with their world using language, social/emotional, cognitive, AND physical experiences.
Here are some examples of how music is helping our children grow every day at Little Beats:
At Little Beats, we aim to foster this natural instint that children have for music and use it for physical and mental growth. As Marc Trachtenberg, founder of Rock-A-Baby says, “Music is a part of us, and I don’t think enough people are talking about that… It’s just there in us ready to ignite.” (From Rhode Island NPR article 2014)
While posture seems like something we cannot teach, it is highly influenced by the habits we develop in early childhood. With children (even toddlers) spending so much time hunched over hand held devices, it is only natural that their shoulders are rolling forward. In order to sit or stand up tall, children need trunk strength which is often lacking in children who do not get enough free play time (and Tummy Time!) in their first 3 years.
“Perfect” posture while sitting involves knees, hips, and ankles all positioned at 90 degrees… sounds like your child, right?! Chances are, this isn’t the case but there are so many things you can do you assist your mini me with standing tall and proud as they grow into adulthood!
Here’s a few ideas to help you get started:
Want to learn more on this topic? Visit our favorite blog- The Inspired Treehouse, to learn more from OT's on developing posture skills.