In today's bustling competitive culture children are constantly being pushed earlier in intellectual and artistic pursuits. Parents are pressured into buying toys apps and bouncing apparatuses all designed to give babies an early start in cognitive training for skills like playing musical instruments reading and writing and practicing arithmetic. In truth nature already has a perfect way for babies' brains to grow and learn without the aid of overstimulating devices: natural movement sequences.
Baby Bare by Stephanie Johnson MA R-DTM LPC uses neuroscience research beautiful illustrations and custom photos to show how freedom of movement and physical connection with a loving adult are the only educational tools babies need for optimal brain development. This book is packed with tips tools and exercises to aid in babies' neurological growth from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond.
Stephanie Johnson MA R-DMT LPC is a mother educator registered dance therapist and licensed professional counselor. A teacher turned therapist she is now in private practice in Minneapolis and uses developmental movement therapy and somatic counseling to treat clients of all ages with symptoms of attention and learning challenges including anxiety. In addition to her work with children and adults Ms. Johnson is committed to educating new parents and care providers about the body's role in learning and the crucial role early movement has in optimal development. Stephanie lives in Minneapolis with her son. To learn more visit babybare.net.
"How can a baby's little body inhabit so much space in our homes and in our hearts? Baby Bare shows us how we can help our infant fully live into their own bodies so that they build the foundation for a happy and balanced life. . . . This book has wisdom and depth and yet is joyful and fun. It will leave you with a feeling like &lsquoI can do this!'" -Kim John Payne M.Ed author of the best-selling Simplicity Parenting and also Beyond Winning and The Soul of Discipline
"This is a truly wonderful and greatly needed book for new parents. As a behavioral and developmental pediatrician for the past thirty years I know how crucial early movement is for creating the structures of the brain that allow for the higher capacities of learning and imaginative thinking. Phonetic-based reading and simultaneous inner mental picturing depend on these neurological pathways being fully developed by the joy-filled rhythmic movements in infancy and early childhood that are beautifully illustrated in this book." -Susan R. Johnson MD FAAP
"Baby Bare is a must-read for parents grandparents daycare providers and early-childhood educators. This beautifully illustrated and easy to understand book based on neuroscience offers sound advice for caregivers who want to nurture children to have strong brains bodies and social intelligence. Stephanie Johnson clearly explains all the ways that movement and a loving adult are the foundation." -Anne Green Gilbert educator author and developer of BrainDance
"A treasure store of information and strategies for parents and early childhood professionals. . . . This remarkable book is a rare synthesis and visionary thinking with practicality that will immediately benefit parents early childhood professionals and most important the children." -Deborah Young Ed. S PhD professor contemplative education early childhood education Naropa University
"I recommend [Baby Bare] highly and plan to share it abundantly with all my audiences. It is time for us to realize the importance of touch movement human analog sound music and curiosity early on to assure a bright future for ourselves and our offspring." -From the Foreword by Carla Hannaford PhD author of best-selling books Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head The Dominance Factor: How Knowing Your Dominant Eye Ear Brain Hand & Foot Can Improve Your Learning and Playing in the Unified Field: Raising and Becoming Conscious Creative Human Beings