EP32: Ale Duarte Tunes In To Children from a Somatic Approach

Ale Duarte is a somatic educator who travels around the world offering training to professionals who work in the fields of psychology, education and body-oriented therapy.

What Ale Shares:

  • How he came to work with children combining his experience teaching physical education, Rolfing, and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy.
  • Examples of Ale’s work with children and their families.
  • The importance of using simple solutions, play, and seeing the world through the child’s eyes.
  • The challenges facing parents in a digital age. How boundaries and protection have changed in a virtual world.
  • Ale’s definitions of trauma and self regulation as they relate to children’s nervous systems.

What You’ll Hear:

  • Ale’s background teaching physical education and psychomotor skills in Brazil. (2:30)
  • How he moved from teaching to Rolfing and then Somatic Experiencing. (5:20)
  • How he came to combine his many skills to help children in Thailand after the 2008 Tsunami (8:55)
  • How he used games, play and interaction to help children release their trauma. (11:15)
  • Ale’s definition of trauma and the spectrum of trauma. (16:30)
  • How even small events, such as a forgotten gift or a broken agreement, can’t create significant disruption in the nervous system of a child. (18:00)
  • Children are simple, it is often adults who overcomplicate the situation. (22:50)
  • How the parents style of play affects the child’s own ability to play, an important way for children to regulate their systems. (25:30)
  • Ale’s definition of self regulation. (30:35)
  • The important difference between exhausting a child’s energy and helping them digest their energy. (32:05)
  • His perspective on the increase in diagnoses of ADD, autism, etc., in children today. (32:50)
  • How children’s naturally curious nature can be viewed as a problem in schools or in medicine. (35:00)
  • The importance of creating an open dialogue with teachers and doctors, who are not always right. (37:30)
  • Boundaries, protection, and the new challenges facing parents on the digital age. (38:30)
  • The importance of checking on the parents, not just the child. (43:30)
  • His sessions include working with the parents and the children together. (45:30)
  • What adults in general are missing when dealing with children. (47:45)
  • Let children make mistakes. (49:00)
  • Insight, without interference, opens up new channels of creativity and energy for a child. (51:30)
  • The role of touch in Ale’s sessions. (54:20)
  • Countries where there is great work happening with children. (1:03:13)
  • Don’t think everything is urgent! (1:05:30)
  • The mistake of viewing “doing nothing” as being lazy. (1:07:40)
  • Some kids need close proximity and one-on-one attention to connect the dots. (1:12:50)
  • The importance of having patience when children say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t”. (1:14:45)
  • Learn about Ale’s workshop, Tune into Children. (1:19:20)
  • Children are always trying to release their trauma. (1:21:00)

Ale Duarte is a somatic educator who travels around the world offering training to professionals who work in the fields of psychology, education and body-oriented therapy. His specialty is experience in child trauma, and the inherent ability of a child’s body to recover from trauma impact, through highly tuned somatic consciousness within the therapeutic relation.

As part of his professional career, Ale provided logistic support to professionals in areas of natural disasters and conflicts in many countries, such as the tsunami in Asia in 2005, Hurricane Katrina in 2006, the earthquake in China in 2008, the tsunami in Japan in 2011, and the civil conflicts in Sri Lanka and Syria.

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