Hello and welcome everyone!
Today I would love to talk to you about self awareness or body awareness as it is often referred to. The very common question I get is “What is the definition of Self Awareness?”. It is possible that you already heard of such a concept but it could be that some of you did not. In any case, I hope that at the end of my article you will get quite some information about this broad topic.
So Let’s begin and to get into things!
What is the definition of self awareness?
Self awareness is to be aware of all parts of your own body, where it is located, which position your hands and feet are, where it begin and where ends.
A newborn baby does not know his body. He doesn’t know where his hand is and where his eyes are. A few months later he stretches his hand outwards and starts staring at his own hand. At this stage he starts to become aware of his body. ‘Ooh! I have a hand and I am the one that controls it, I can move it to my sides, and I can move it up and down!’
Try to imagine, it’s like when you go to the dentist to fill a cavity. Before beginning to work, the dentist will administer anesthesia to numb your cheek or gum so that you don’t feel anything. Slowly after a couple of hours the anesthesia will wear off and you will again feel and be aware of your cheek.
Let’s move on… Do you remember when your little two year old starts to think that he is a very big boy and he wants to eat all by himself without mom’s help. He takes his spoon, sticks it into his plate of yogurt and bring he’s to his face. And… ouch! ‘Why is the spoon hitting my nose? where is my mouth?’ And he gets all dirty. This is one example of body awareness that is not yet developed.
What are some signs that your child is lacking self awareness?
There are many signs that you can look out for to recognize self awareness under-development.
I’ll list here a few of them:
Unable to stand still
Children that are lacking body awareness will often times jump around and keep on moving. They have a hard time staying still like other kids.
You can notice it when you are trying to shoot an image of your child and the child stands tilted to one side, so you say ‘not like that, stand straight’ your child will straighten his back but then put his hand on his head. So you shout out to him ‘ put your hand down!’ He puts his hand down but now he is bending his head to the left. As much as you try, he will not stand straight for your perfect photo shoot.
Children with poor body awareness will often fall, or to bump into other things, and hurt themselves. They will many times spill their cup of milk and make a mess around them.
Some of these kids will even walk straight into other children. Take Danny, for example. Danny is a nice little boy but his self awareness is not developed. He walks into other kids, the kids start fighting with him, he fights back. Now he’s called a bully. No one realizes that it is not his fault at all, he did not plan on hurting them, it is just a result of poor self awareness.
Let’s just say, It’s like a huge trailer driving on a busy road. The trailer has to turn into another road. If the driver is not aware of his big trailer he will start turning as if he’s driving a little smart car and what do you think the end result will be?
The body and its surroundings do not match
Did you already experience such a scenario? It’s breakfast time, the kids are all sitting nicely around the table and eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (if they are not allergic to peanuts, of course).
One of the children, let’s call hear Hannah, does not have a developed body awareness yet. Her sandwich is not in front of her, it’s around the other corner of the table. She doesn’t know exactly where she is, so she can’t have the bread in front of her face.
Now let’s watch Hannah’s position during breakfast, she starts off sitting on the chair with one foot on the table. She does not take note of the cup filled with juice in front of her or the bottle of ketchup. The next minute she lies on her chair, head hanging down, until it hits the floor. A minute later she is already on the table moving her body between the cups, dishes, and what not! And you can imagine how she look…. Yes! she is wet from top to bottom and her new, clean, pretty dress, is now dirty and Hannah does not even know why that happened to her! Do you maybe know why?
Are you familiar to a scene like this? You are not the only one! There are so many families that have a cute little child with self awareness issues.
Am I here?
children that do not have body awareness tend to look at themselves to make sure that ‘they are here’ because they literally do not feel themselves in the space that they are in.
To sum it up
So now that do you reached the end of this article, I hope that you learned a lot of informative facts to understand the meaning of self awareness, how it feels, and some signs to notice if your child is lacking his body awareness.
If you are noticing any of these signs in your child be sure to check back as I want to share with you many ideas of how to help your child develop body awareness.
Once again, I hope you gained a lot from this article. I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave me your comment below or shoot me an email at Hershy@helpyourchildsucceednow.com.
Have an awesome day!