Technology Serving Consciousness

Bodily Control

Packed In Sand

An imaginative condition wherein you have the kid face you and tell her that she is going to be buried up to her neck in sand. "Like at the beach," don’t you know. Proceed to pat and press her feet against the ground. Work up the legs, put pressure on the belly (remind her she may notice her breath). Press her shoulders while she exhales, press her arms against her sides, and so on until she is completely "covered" in the stuff, which you have been scooping up faithfully from the ether and placing upon her.

Ask her questions about how it feels with all that weight on her. When she moves or jerks, you can see the sand has broken and will re-pack it for her. This is not more than a five minute condition. While she is still, you may challenge her thinking a bit with cognitive based questions.

Back to Back Sitting

This is for the brave and the patient, because you may end up having to reset your hook-up. Before beginning the condition, ask your client to get up from her chair and sit on the floor. Help her make this transition smoothly. She will face away from you, and you away from her; using each others back as the other’s rest.

This condition I consider a breathing condition. I take the most exemplary breaths at this time, and my client is often breathing in sync with me. We can feel each other’s slightest movement. I will ask her to push her back against mine. Then to relax. Then match the weight I am putting against her. I can ask confidential questions at this time. We can practice sitting very still, and know what the other thinks "still" means.

Name the Face

A good exercise in social cues for the client, and in acting for the trainer. Face each other and ask the client to describe to you the face you are making and to name the emotion you (are trying to) portray. So, for example: I am frowning. He says, "Your forehead is wrinkled, your eyes are scrunched, lips turned down, eyebrows turned down. You look like you are sad."

Still as a Cat

This is a fun way to remain still during screen controls. Any number of similes can be drawn and used as this game. I have chosen the hunting cat. Your client is asked to remember and act like a cat hunting mice. Explain that the cat spends little time chasing mice. He would prefer to wait and watch until the mouse comes close to him, then- in the proper time- pounce on his prey. The cat must be careful during this wait not to make sudden or erratic movement lest his prey notice his presence and run to safety.

So your client is the cat. His prey is his own brain activity (as shown by his score). When he has generated a set number of points then the mouse has come within range and he can pounce upon his mouse. See how many mice he can catch in five minutes. If he moves I will tell him how many points away the mouse has run because it noticed the movement

Body Knowledge

Begin using touch as a means of learning. This is an eyes-closed condition. Your client will listen to your voice, and feel what you ask her to feel. Talk your client through a tour of her body. Begin by noticing the feet. Wiggle toes; press the souls against the ground. Move around to different, specific parts of the body, and let her spend a moment learning how it feels to feel that part. She need not use her hands to touch the mentioned body part; merely feel its presence.

Variation: Some clients need help in the beginning. You can lock her in to a specific area of her body by putting pressure on that part. Ask if she feels the pressure and to name where she feels it. Then you may remove your hand and have her notice if she can still feel your touch. Ask her to feel that point you touched spread out over the whole local area until she can feel her whole foot or spine or whichever part was activated.

Statue

Have your client strike a pose and be completely still and silent for 3-5 breathing cycles. Then it is your turn; while waiting, the non-statuesque person can be describing the physical attributes of the other. He may also give the statue a name, based on the pose.

With Affirmation:  Strike a pose, then say something you "Can Do." Then it is the other’s turn.

Touch Letters

Move to behind your client and ask him to tell you what you are writing. Begin writing large letters and numbers on your client’s back with the tip of your finger. Repeat as many times as needed until he knows you wrote an A.

Tell him that he can use his touch to learn a lot of things. Prove it.

Mirroring

You are the man in the mirror. Your client is the mirror. You will move your arms and head and such so that the client is following along with your every movement. This is most enlightening for the client about her abilities with pace and accuracy. The mirror must move at the same speed as the man. The mirror does not assume what the man will do and finish its move for him.

The kids have a lot of fun trying not to be "stumped." So, for example, you may bring your hands apart and then back together in a clap three times, and on the fourth do not clap, but instead pass your hands over each other. If your client has clapped, you have "stumped" her! Have fun. Use control.

Digital Dexterity Patterns

First you must agree on the names of the fingers. (I say, Thumb, Index, Middle, Ring, Pinkie.) Then when you and the client know what fingers you are talking about. You may call a pattern which your client must tap out onto the table. E.g. Index, Pinkie, Middle, Ring. Left hand, then right. Now reverse the order. So on. Many variables can be made.

You can make up patterns that use the fingertips touching thumb tips. You may also use both hands touching each other. Hands can also make shadow puppets. The repetitive, rhythmic exercises are very nice because you can challenge your client with a pattern. And when she has grown able with that, you can make small nuance in the pattern and create a whole new challenge.

Clapping Patterns

Patty Cakes is a famous example of this exercise. The only limitation to this exercise is both of your imaginations and dexterity. Remember that as your young clients get excited with a task they may go outside of the realm of sensorimotor RHYTHM (control). You must keep your pattern steady in terms to tempo and form. If you make up one pattern, stick with it until the both of you have it down patty!

Music is a nice addition to this exercise. You can clap together to the beat of the song. This is often quite hard to do at first, but persevere because to clap to the rhythm of a song implies that the person is integrating his hearing and touch sensations, thus externalizing his awareness.