Beyond Covid-19: infusing interactive multi-sensory physical movements to a new model of children’s adaptation for the new normal

The Mental Health Commission of Canada indicates that approximately 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are suffering with mental illness; however, only 20% receive proper treatment. Studies have shown that the pandemic impacts children’s physical and mental health, and children are now experiencing increased mental health and physical challenges as a result of COVID-19. Do we — as parents and early childhood educators — have plans to protect, recast, and reinvigorate children’s physical and mental health in the new normal? Do we have any plans that might transform stressful problems and trauma into a source of emotional energy that can be met with meaningful and interesting innovation? This research is focused on expanding mental-health strategies using interactive multi-sensory physical movements (IMPM) to prevent mental illness in both mainstream and special education settings. Expected results are to design an IMPM model which accounts for the children's mental and physical needs in order to integrate designed activities into scientific instruments (applications of holography) employing look/see, hear, touch, smell, taste, feel, think, speak, and full body motions. This model is feasible and accessible within a new innovative kindergarten curriculum/program.

Intern: 
Liton Furukawa
Faculty Supervisor: 
Mary Bernard
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British Columbia
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