SRCD Presentation


Society for Research in Child Development

Developmental Science Teaching Institute
Presenters Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell and Carolyn Palmer


Presentation for Wellness Through Movement and Six Body-to-Brain Strategies will July 27-29 2018 at the Movementis Movement and Cognition conference held at Harvard.

Wellness Through Movement ran for eight years and  was a physical education program based on developmental movements, psychology, and the Feldenkrais Method.  The movement taught awareness of kinesthesia.  Kinesthesia is a bodily sense of space involving movement and organization of body parts. The strategies taught participants how to find the uniqueness in each individual’s perception through kinesthesia.   Procedures were tested and revised over the course of eight years between 2006-2014, three years in private and five years public elementary schools.  The 500 children from the island of Hawaii who applied these lessons came from multicultural backgrounds, and 57% of them were below poverty levels.  Class sizes were in groups of 6 to 22 participants, ages 5-10 years-old.

A paper of the full report is scheduled to be published April 2019.   Formal training was not done during the program, however, researchers are invited to test the astounding results with children of ADHD with strategies used in every lesson of the program.  The studies with ADHD children and movement would benefit the most from the strategies.  Please sign up under contact for announcements of release.  The intention to test strategies within community is to also  bring information about movement (specifically, movement patterns of behavior) as beneficial for not only for health, strength, and intelligence but for the development of  perception and attention.