CREATIVE LIFE CENTER
CertificationCourse for Psicomotricità educators
A Brief Introduction to Psicomotricità for Education and Prevention
The psychomotor approach considers children in their wholeness and allows them to express their creative potential. The various phases of a Psicomotricità session go over the evolutionary stages of the child, which range from the pleasant discovery of one's gross-motor skills to the direct expression of one's feelings and imaginary world, (the area of gross-motor activities and the area of symbolic play) to the final moment focused on cognitive learning and emotional detachment.
Various pedagogical studies have proven that emotional development and intelligence are strictly related to the psychomotor experience of an individual (both corporeal experience and motor experience). According to the European studies of Wallon, Piaget, Aucouturier, Subiran and Vayet, the body is connected with every aspect of the children's cognitive learning process. Only when children have had first practical and gross-motor experience of reality, can they have access to the fundamental structures of the abstract and theoretical reasoning. Through the psicomotricita' approach, children can discover and experience the rich variety of human expressiveness in various fields such as the physical, the mental and the spiritual and improve their creativity and communication skills. Within areas especially designed to develop creativity and the cognitive learning, children can interact with the space, with the equipment, with their peers and educators, thus making possible an endless number of creative expressions.
The use of an adequate space (which is not the classroom) offers a wide range of possibilities for children to discover their bodies. In the setting for psychomotor education there are soft pieces of equipment like foam blocks or blankets and several large mats and platforms for jumping in the area of gross-motor activities. With their bodies, children can freely explore the space and the equipment, relate themselves to others, and also learn more about their feelings, such as pleasure and displeasure, joy or sorrow. Towards the end of every Psicomotricita' session, children are offered a cognitive activity which facilitates a healthy and gradual detachment from their emotions.
The cognitive activity may consist of drawing, building with wooden blocks, or using language to tell about one's emotions experienced during the Psicomotricita' session. In this way children are highly motivated to practice the first forms of abstract and theoretical thinking. Psicomotricita' has proven to be successful for children who had adaptation and behavioral problems and who were delayed in their learning. In theses cases the children's improvements, after the psychomotor intervention, have been quite substantial. A close analysis of what the child has drawn at the beginning and at the end of the sessions of psicomotricita' often confirms the improvements for creativity, communication and psychophysical calmness.
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