In the first year, babies have a different neurobiological endowment with more neural pathways than adults (Gopnik, 2009). From birth the infant is especially adapted to perceive, respond to, and influence how others feel and act (Trevarthen, 1997). Babies copy family early facial games of tongue poking, raising eyebrows (Meltzoff & Moore, 1983). They attend to a new object for a surprisingly long time, and notice movement, gestures, and sounds, sometimes before their mothers who have depression and anxiety post birth.
The workshop will inquire into the ‘sense’ characteristics of the play objects in mother-infant dance therapy and their important treatment role in the long-standing therapeutic playgroup ‘Community HUGS’.
Enrolled workshop attendees are asked to bring two possible simple play objects for an imagined DMT mother- infant population.
- To learn a way to structure the use of the play ‘sense’ objects to attract the infants in easy play, and to observe and follow each infants’ movement gestures
- To learn ways to involve the mothers gently in the play with the same ‘sense’ objects through arousing mother’s surprise, memory and curiosity
- To learn to follow the mother-baby evolving movement shaping and movement dialogue together