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Speaking is an Embodied Experience

"You don't have to wait until the child speaks ๐Ÿ—ฃ before you speak to the child " Monja Boonzaier

During this session with the mothers from #Kliptown Monja is emphasizing how speaking is an embodied experience. Our tone of voice and facial expression ๐Ÿ˜ƒ convey emotion to young children ๐Ÿ‘ถ who are very sensitive beings. A child can sense if a parent is loving or angry, this is how they learn to react and experience their own feelings.

Dr Stephen Porges (#polyvagaltheory) calls it cues of safety, where the tone of voice tells a person if it is safe to come close or not. Monja is making the mothers aware that, the way in which they speak to their baby expresses their (Parent/Caregiver) mood for example, are you calm, loving or angry?

It is important to be aware of how we communicate to babies/young children validate a safe connection between parent and child and is part of building a good self-esteem and supports the childโ€™s emotional development.

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