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After many years of making music with children, Eve Kodiak, M.M., became interested in the brain/body processes that underlie the learning process. As an Educational Kinesiologist, she now works with people of all ages, using music and developmental movement to create positive change. Eve can be found in her office at The Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine in Cambridge, MA, or at home in New Hampshire, writing and recording. Her CD/book sets include Rappin' on the Reflexes and Feelin' Free, which combine developmental movements with songs, raps, and narrations with music. Eve also performs and records as an improvising classical pianist. More information and articles on music and developmental movement may be found at www.evekodiak.com.

 
 
 
 

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily promote official policy of ECMMA.

ADHD: Reframing the Dialogue

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Come see me in Colorado! I'll be presenting From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Move, Smile! at the annual Edu-K Conference in Fort Collins, July 27, 2014.

ADHD haunts me. I see its symptoms everywhere, in children, in adults, in society – and in myself. “Often does not give close attention to details . . . is often easily distracted . . . has trouble enjoying leisure activities quietly . . . “ I’ve reprinted a modified version of the DSM IV description of ADHD1 at the end of this

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ADHD and Medication

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How did the ADHD diagnosis come about in the first place? According to Dr. Saul, it has, from the first, been tied to pharmaceuticals. “[In] 1937, Dr. Charles Bradley discovered that children who displayed symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity responded well to Benzedrine, a stimulant . . . “1

That’s interesting. But what does responding well mean?

According to Dr. Alan Sroufe, a psychologist with forty years of experience working with troubled children, “Attention-deficit drugs

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Is ADHD Real?

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Neurologist Richard Saul says it isn’t. In a recent article1 for Time Magazine, he writes, “I’ve come to believe, based on decades of treating patients, that ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder]— as currently defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and as understood in the public imagination — does not exist.”1

Dr. Saul goes on to say that the collection of symptoms that “define” this “disorder” can be caused for a number of different reasons.

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Reflexes and Risky Play

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I just read an interesting article called Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It by Peter Gray, published in Psychology Today. I highly recommend it! It brings up an important aspect of human development -  pushing your own envelope, developing your  instincts about what you can do successfully and safely.

I won't paraphrase the article here - just read it! The article does not mention infant reflexes, so I began to write a comment that grew to the size of a whole post. Here it is:

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Singing in Slovenia

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Do you know where Slovenia is? I didn’t, when the invitation came to teach a workshop there on reflex integration. The producer must have known that; she wrote me that it is a beautiful country bordering Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and Italy. And it is. I stepped off the plane March 26 into the small Ljubljana airport, after a red-eye from Boston via Munich - and I was immediately filled with joy. I don’t think I have ever felt that in an airport before. The energy was just fantastic.

I

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Networking with Children’s Music

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Any event with The Children’s Music Network is guaranteed fun. Maybe it’s because, after all these decades, the participants just expect it! Lots of gray heads at the recent New England Regional Conference, but nubies, too, including the youngest member – a nineteen year-old college student who came to learn some of the tricks of the trade.

He hit the jackpot with keynote Steve Roslonek. The friend on my right exclaimed, “What a charismatic performer!” At the end of the keynote, she asked

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Devices and Desires II: Relationship

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Come see me in March! I’ll be in Arlington, MA, Sat. March 22, presenting a 75 minute workshop for The Children’s Music Network New England Regional Conference, and in Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 28-30 with a 3 day hands-on workshop. The title is Recognize, Redirect, Release! and the topic is infant reflexes, and integration techniques through music and movement.

I discovered that Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What The Internet is Doing To Our Brains is not the best bedtime book. I was up

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Devices and Desires I: Concentration

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Come see me in March!  I’ll be in Arlington, MA, Sat. March 22, presenting a 75 minute workshop for The Children’s Music Network New England Regional Conference, and in Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 28-30 with a 3 day hands-on workshop. The title is Recognize, Redirect, Release! and the topic is infant reflexes, and integration techniques through music and movement.

I have been writing, in the last two posts, about the ways in which open attention creates the space in which imagination,

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Playing With The Box

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It's an old story - you give a child a present, and he plays with the box. Boxes are great toys, because they have interesting properties and almost no identifying features. You can carry things in them and hide things in them. When they are big enough, you can even hide in them. They are light enough to stack and carry and even throw with ease! They can be buildings or caves, cages for animals, spaceships for aliens - and because they don’t look like anything in particular, they can easily

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The Empty Space of Imagination

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We used to have times that were empty in each day; a few minutes in line at the grocery store, or waiting in the car for children to pour out of a school building. We used to have to wait a week for the sequel to the last TV episode – so we had time to think about what might happen to the characters. If we didn’t know something – anything – we had time to wonder about the answer.

These natural empty spaces in our days and weeks – times for the mind to wander, wonder, dream, make up stuff –

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The Over-Busy Child

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We can read a checklist of children’s development, making sure that the milestones have all been reached. But sometimes there is something we can’t quite put a finger on – something that makes us a little uneasy.

Here is one type of child I sometimes see. Often the parent will tell me that the pediatrician sees nothing amiss. But, in my experience, this kind of child is operating at a level of stress that will most likely increase as time goes on. If your child has any of the following

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Total Load

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In Western Medicine, we tend to look for a singular cause for a condition. It may be a kind of research-driven mindset - in the lab, it is not impossible to control the environment such that only one element of an experiment is changed. Where health is concerned, there can be a tendency to look for the silver bullet that will kill the bad guys and put the good guys back in control.

But we do not live in labs, and our conditions are formed by an incalculably complex combination of factors -

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TACA Talk

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I had a wonderful time on Saturday giving a talk for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) at the public library in Arlington, MA. About two dozen women came - parents, OT’s, teachers, a music therapist – all kinds of people with all kinds of questions. I was introduced by Mary Romaniec of TACA Massachusetts, and several of my Lydian Center  colleagues came as well - homeopath Farah Gron,  chiropractor Kelly Maya,  and MD/neurologist/Anat Baniel practitioner Martha Herbert, author of the recent

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The Power of Environment

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For those in the Boston area – I am giving a free talk Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 AM at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA, for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) called “From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Smile, Move! How Simple Movements Can Transform Your Child.” 

The process of development is the process of internalizing an environment, from sperm and egg to the incomprehensibly complex human being we become. We start out inseparable from the amniotic fluid and the womb that surrounds

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Why Is That Child Screaming?

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For those in the Boston area – I am giving a free talk Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 AM at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA, for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) called “From Fight, Flight, Freeze! to Breathe, Smile, Move! How Simple Movements Can Transform Your Child.” 

It can be hard to remember in the grocery store, as your child emits blood-curdling shrieks from the shopping cart – or at home, when you are late for work and your child is about as easy to move as a block of granite – or

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From Fight, Flight, Freeze to Breathe, Smile, Move

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The child screaming in the shopping cart. The child who just pummeled his brother. The child who won’t eat. The child sitting frozen in a corner . . . what is the magic we can offer to help them out of fight, flight, freeze! and into breathe, smile, move!?

Children’s behavior can easily trigger our own survival systems into our personal versions of fight, flight, freeze! And children, like animals, are not easily fooled. If our “quiet” voices are coming from behind gritted teeth, they know

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Pop Goes the Lullaby

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Enjoy a personal view of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - a little conversation and demonstration of track 1 of my upcoming lullaby album, Sleep Like a Baby.

A colleague on the Children’s Music Network listserve pointed me to an article headlined Pop Songs At Bedtime Push Out Lullabies – Parents Opt for Lyrics from Adele and Rhianna to Send Babies Off to Sleep.

Is this only natural - that parents share their own favorite music with their children at bedtime? Should we simply be grateful that

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No Wrong Notes

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NEWS! My new album, Sleep Like a Baby, Piano Improvisations on Lullabies and Other Love Songs is coming out later this month! Here's some conversation and a bit of me playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Imagine yourself as a child playing band’ with your friends. “You be the guitar!” “I’ll be the singer!” “Here’s my piano!” “I’m playing this . . . what is this?” “I dunno, it makes a funny buzzy sound though. . .” “It’s a tambura.” “Can I hold the viola on my lap like a cello?” “It sounds

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Eve’s October Journal

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October 6, Concert at the Newton, MA, library. This was so much fun – especially playing Ravel's Ma Mere L’Oye for piano four-hands with my childhood friend, Karen Melamed. The performance is a testimony to the power of playing music with children, and having children play music with one another. We were assigned to be piano duet partners at a music camp when we were eleven years old! It was fun playing together then, and even more fun playing together now.

I was reminded of how wonderful

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More Than Children’s More Than Music Network

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This year, I traveled even farther to the annual Children’s Music Network (CMN) International Conference – 2000 miles across the country to the redwoods of California. And I ended up sitting at a table with a bunch of people from home.

And then I realized that, every meal time, I was sitting with a bunch of people from home.

I’ve written about CMN gatherings before (Circle of Friends, All One Family, Circle of the Sun), and the unique sense of belonging that is fostered by this group. I

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