Attuned Rhythm & Movement for Childhood Educators & Therapist

Attunement: A Tool to Foster

Social and Emotional Learning

Practicum: Meaningful Movement & Rhythm (PQAS Approved Course)


This energized practicum  provides childhood educators & therapist the  tools to create Meaningful Movement & Rhythm experiences with young children, toddlers and yes, even infants. Movement and rhythm (not music, rather simple rhythm) supports:

○ learning of all disciplines

○ social relationships

○ peaceful environments


 "Simple rhythmically attuned movements can create a small safe place" that speaks to some of the challenging behaviors associated with trauma (Van der Kolk, 2014, p. 87).  

→Teachers will be guided to develop extremely simple attuned rhythms which accompany a basic movement vocabulary.

→Using rhythm from clapping to voice dynamics and everything in between, can hone in on some of the concepts that creatively address challenging behaviors and classroom harmony.


Attunement :

○ "channel children's energy"

○"create moments where the class comes together" (O'Neil, 2016, p.4,7).

○ address the individual child in transitions

○ develop a bond between teacher and child

○ help children make friends with peers


One of the most unique qualities about the attuned rhythm approach, is the serenity it brings to the caregiver as well as the child.


Participants will be empowered to create a simple movement vocabulary & lesson plan, use rhythm effectively throughout the day, and find a new joyful approach to teaching!


Practicum presented to educators can be followed by visits to the learning center to provide assistants, continued ideas and encouraging feedback.

Dana is an approved PQAS Professional Development Instructor for Early Childhood and School-Age Practitioners. Dana is eligible to Provide Professional Development to practitioners this is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Service as PA Keys to Professional Development approved Instructor. Dana's Movement & Rhythm practicum is an approved Course by the PA Keys Quality Assurance System.


Van der Kolk, B.A. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score; Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

O'Neil, B. (2016). The No More Challenging Cheat Sheet.


Developmentally Appropriate Practices

This educational Practicum will allow educators to acquire a Developmentally Appropriate Perspective. Looking at how nature and nurture effect Change, results in a positive , judgement free approach to teaching and interactions.

  • The six Components of Change

  • Developmental Pyramid

  • General Intertask Sequence of Motor Skill Development

  • Variability of Practice

  • Effective Feedback


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