‘Normalisation’ is a fancy term coined by Dr Maria Montessori which essentially means ‘when the child’s development is proceeding normally’. What does normalisation look like? It looks like, when a child is able to concentrate, make productive choices, displays interests and loves to work/play, they are interested in their reality and the world around them – overall a calm, happy, centred child.
A child that is not ‘normalised’ may have interruptions in development or learning. Typically a child that is not ‘normalised’ will display disordered behaviours known as ‘deviations’ from normal behavior.
Disclaimer: In this course we are not referring to medical or developmental conditions which may require formal diagnosis and intervention including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Pathological Demand Avoidance just to name a few, rather, a lower level deviation characterised by behavioural issues.
You can help your child to stay on track by:
Deviations may present in a number of ways as each child is different but some cautionary red flags are:
If you notice some of these red flags appearing, don’t panic. The solutions to these deviations are usually simple, for example through providing more one on one connected time, improving the living environment, diet and exercise plus implementing the suggestions above. In some cases intervention by a childhood psychologist, occupational therapist or paediatrician is required so it may be best to speak to your GP if your intuition is guiding you to do so.
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