Self-Regulation and Active Learning:

A toolbox of movement activities

No Prerequisites

LENGTH: 7.5 hours in person or 5, 90 minute sessions online

This course is available for Teacher and Educational Assistant Professional Development, Parent and Home Schooling Groups. 

For more info and to book, contact Dana

Do you have students or children who have difficulty with self-regulation, balance, coordination or focus? Did you know that un-integrated developmental reflexes and movement patterns may be the cause? Learn movement activities that can be done anytime standing or seated in the classroom or home to master these challenges.

Take-Away: A tool box of activities your students can use to:

  • develop body awareness and control
  • calm their nervous systems
  • sooth themselves when emotionally overwhelmed 
  • be present and ready to learn


  • Natural Development – We learn to control our bodies before we are able to control our behaviour
    • Understanding the developmental sequence – the order is “programmed”, but the time spent on each step is unique to each person.
    • Un-integrated reflexes and movement patterns are obstacles to learning.
    • Appropriate movement activities assist integration of reflexes and movement patterns and are beneficial at any age.
    • If developmental steps have been missed, practicing those developmental movements will “close the gap”.
  • Specific movements can be used to calm the nervous system, moving us more easily out of flight, fright, or freeze.
  • Movement can assist us to process our emotions and find our balance.
  • Spacial awareness – internal and external – is vital to how we relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world.


  • Our structure – Alignment and Balance for Active, Stress–free Learning.
  • Understanding and recognizing Developmental Movement Patterns to meet students where they are developmentally.
  • Movement activities to embody and integrate the patterns to develop body control and coordination and provide the foundation for learning.
  • Simple Taiji Qigong movements to calm the nervous system and support focused energy.
  • Educational Kinesiology Integrated Movements to balance energy and emotions.
  • The program focuses on movement activities that can be done seated and standing in available classroom space.
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