“Dan is a wonderful, knowledgeable, kind and patient teacher who has taught us to use playtime as a collaborative bonding experience that encourages and supports our baby’s development. We have learned the positive impact of physical touch, not only as a way to build a deeper connection with our baby but also to help bring awareness to our baby of her physical self.
As a new parent, I am often pressured by the milestone markers we read about and the different merchandise marketed to “help” your baby towards said milestones. Dan helped me understand how that can be a negative distraction from our time with our babies. I learned how to take a step back, not to hyper focus on baby hitting said milestone by said month, but instead, to tune into my baby’s individual personal physical journey – to recognize her movements and to understand how they contribute to those major milestones.
He has taught us so many touch and movement techniques that support and encourage her own physical journey as she grows. These hands on and collaborative exercises contribute to a deeper connection with our baby, unlike the passive experience that we would have had with baby seat or activity table marketed to “help” baby develop. In fact these seats, activity tables & jumpers are not only unnecessary and distracting, but can even have negative impacts on your child’s pace of development.
I cannot recommend dan’s classes enough! Part music class, part exercises class and highly informative – they are so fun and beneficial for any parent, caretaker and baby.