*I received free online course enrollment from Sonia Story in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I received no further compensation for this review.
Brain and Sensory Foundations
In the fall, I had the opportunity to take an online course called “Brain and Sensory Foundations,” led by Sonia Story. It is a developmental movement class designed, as the course description says, “to help children focus, learn, reduce anxiety, control impulses, and develop emotional and physical maturity.”
The online course focuses on learning rhythmic and reflex integration movements and other activities. It is designed for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else who works with children with special needs. Sonia teaches you how to do the movements, how to teach a child to do the movements, and she actually has you practice them during the sessions.
I found the movements helped me too! I felt more focused and relaxed after completing them, and I’m all about being more relaxed and focused so I can complete my tasks more efficiently and with less stress. These courses are great for parents who want to do (or supplement) therapy at home, and the movements can be performed by the whole family.
It may take some time for your child to feel the difference with the movements and to be willing to do it. We’re easing into it at our house. My daughter has been resistant, but I think that’s because it’s different. I’m going to keep presenting the movements and doing them with her until she can feel the difference for herself and looks forward to doing them as part of our day. (In all fairness to the program, my daughter has struggled with illness much of the fall and winter, so our routine has been anything but normal.)
The next eight-week online course starts on Tuesday, January 28, and runs through March 25, 2014, with no class on February 25. All classes are on Tuesdays and run from 5:30 pm until about 7:15 pm PST. Sonia sends a link to the class recording to all participants shortly after the class is over, so it’s easy to make up classes, which can be viewed repeatedly for up to 30 days after the link is sent to participants. You must have an internet connection to watch the classes and recordings.
For more information, you can visit http://moveplaythrive.com/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2013/12/17/101/-/-?ltemid=
To see a course brochure and mail-in registration form, visit http://moveplaythrive.com/images/pdf/BSFOnline_Jan2014.pdf
The registration deadline for the class beginning January 28 is January 15.
Use the code ILDisc2014 for $30 off the course fee!
Disclaimer: While I think Sonia does a great job with these classes and found the movements beneficial, your experience may be completely different. If you have any doubts or questions at all, please contact Sonia Story (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get your questions answered, and consult with your child’s team of doctors and therapists. Sonia can also share stories of families who are using Brain and Sensory Foundations movements with their children with great success. All you have to do is ask!