2024 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference

March 17-19, 2024 • Denver, CO


 Using Mindful Play, Storytime and Movement to Improve Outcomes for Deaf/HH Children

Mindful play, storytime and movement have been shown to benefit children, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially- especially those children from birth to age 5. There has been scientific evidence made in terms of mindful movement, especially expressive movement (such as tummy time, baby and toddler yoga, music and art) and the potentially positive impacts that these have on the brain and body in terms of proprioception, interoception, visual stimulation and vestibular stimulation. This session will include examples of mindful play, storytime and movement tools caregivers, teachers or Early Intervention staff can use anywhere --- at home, at school, at the park. These tools can help to increase early language development, access to sound, and increase bonding between child and caregiver(s) in an accessible and inclusive environment. Participants will come away with tangible tools that reinforce mindful play, storytime, and mindful movement. As a parent of a little one who was born with sensorineural, bilateral moderate-severe hearing loss, I have used these tools to create links for my own child’s development. Subsequently, I began working with caregivers and their little ones in private settings, daycares, school environments, head start programs, and early intervention settings to bring these tools to families to use on their own. I have been able to successfully work in this field for the last 10 years, and I look forward to sharing this meaningful work with participants.

  • To demonstrate accessible tools for early learning and language development using mindful play, storytime and movement
  • To engage and stimulate the physical, mental, emotional, and social skills of Deaf/HH Children using mindful play, storytime and movement.
  • To provide bonding experiences between caregiver and child using tools of mindful play, storytime and movement.

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Presenter: Larissa Noto

Larissa Noto is a former Teacher & Lawyer, turned Movement and Mindfulness Educator, Special Needs Advocate and Parent Mentor to Families through FCLL. She is a Registered Adult, Children’s and Prenatal Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP), and Yoga Therapist. She has trained all over the world in various modalities, with a specialty in movement that is accessible to all ages and abilities. Larissa currently teaches in schools, colleges/universities, yoga studios, libraries, and hospitals across the nation. She is also a teacher, trainer and content contributor with Childlight Education Company (NH), Mindful Child Initiative (PA), and Prema Yoga Institute (NY). When she isn’t sharing her love of literacy, movement and mindfulness or advocating on behalf of others, she is a wife, mom of 3 boys- one of whom is Deaf/HH, professor and loves reading, traveling, photography and gardening in her spare time.


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