Move Play Grow workshop outline

Movement that is immersed in play directly influences neurobiological underpinnings of growth and healthy development.

Kim Barthel, OTR highlights the positive impact of play and movement upon the holistic development of the child. As the brain is forming and children are increasingly interacting with the world, time immersed in free unstructured play directly helps with motor control, creativity, socialization, and self-esteem. In our era that recognizes cognition as a variable of optimum value, movement and play are neurobiological foundations that enhance performance over our lifetime.


Kim Barthel

Hi, I’m Kim – I’m humbled by your interest in what I’m up to, and inspired by the work that countless people are doing to support others – and yourselves. If this kind of thing were easy, it would be a different world we live in. Which tells me we need to nurture our relationships through attunement, compassion, humour, and mindfulness. Remember, when it works it’s treatment, and when it doesn’t it’s assessment. This means we aren’t expected to get it right the first time. I’ve been doing my best at this for over 35 years, and still learning and repairing every day. For anyone who doesn’t know what I especially like to study and teach, the hot topics that I wake up thinking about are understanding complex behaviour, neurobiology, sensory-processing, movement, trauma informed practice, attachment theory, mental health, and anything that will support people in being their best selves. Thank you for being part of the great momentum globally towards understanding, interdependence, and compassion. Please connect with our team at Relationship Matters if that’s an interest for you, and importantly, thank you for doing whatever it is that you do to help others. We may never know the fruit of the seeds we plant through our smallest gestures, but just by caring we are more connected than we know. I feel great hope.