INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT
INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT EDUCATOR (IDME)
via The School of Body-Mind Centering™
The program is offered by Sonder (a licensed org of BMC™)
What is an IDME?
...an IDME is a person well studied in developmental movements & developmental theory, including the primitive reflexes, righting reactions, and equilibrium responses of humans. IDMEs work along side caregivers and their babies to support the natural and full progression of their relationship in the context of baby's growth. As an IDME I'm interested in where the ancient wisdom of human evolution and DNA meets the discoveries and innovations of science, to potentize the learning, self-regulation skills, and growth of babies by supporting the relationship between baby and caregiver. Together we attend to baby's movement, support their development and learning, so they have a better chance at competency, coordination, and integrated presence as they grow. In this, IDME work comes from the basic perspective that as adults, we are a baby's environment. How we are being is as important as what we are (or are not) doing.
Join me for Community Baby! Taking the seat as an IDME, I will answer questions about what your baby is up to, plus other developmental/behavioral questions you may have. I will offer insight into the most supportive ways to handle and hold baby as well as information and modeling hands on skills to support baby’s natural developmental process, and not ask too much of a baby.
River & Stone Yoga Studio in Worcester, MA
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. Minimizing the obstacles to baby's natural progression to standing, supporting the baby to find their own way, in their own time, in the context of every day movements in their ever expanding world isn't the easiest thing to do. The conventional culture around babies and baby care also doesn't seem to align with what we know about infant development.
IDMEs offer insight and support in a variety of ways:
access to comfort & "baby ball" as home base
creative ways to engage with baby going into their world
nuanced ways to pick up and put down baby supporting the deve of their senses
handling techniques to shift tone of baby
handling techniques to support spinal development
ways to support balance in the limbs, right and left
support for getting the legs under the body & head for standing
offering support, encouragement and simply listening to caregivers and illuminating the many ways we can support a baby in finding 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)!