Early roots of our BabyQ project can be found in the 90s, when we cooperated with Dr.Chairat Panthuraamphorn (Bangkok), a pioneer in “prenatal enrichment” and when we carried out a field study on prenatal sound stimulation in China (SYSU Guangzhou & MCH Shunde-Guangdong & First MCH Shanghai), which you can find resumed in this website (see HISTORY, PDF 6 ).

In the 90s it was very difficult and perhaps painful to organize experimental studies on human prenatal stimulation because one had to argue against a strong peer group, unified under the one-way-dogma of protein synthesis: DNA to RNA to PROTEIN, which hardly allowed any impact of external stimulations on the developing organism. An early hypothesis of Gilbert Gottlieb (see Ref. 22 in ESSENTIALS ), who proposed a bi-directional pathway DNA – RNA – PROTEIN ( resp. PROTEIN - RNA –DNA) was not recognized.

Later, when Human Genome Research nearly became a private business, molecular biologists opened a new window to EvoDevo with the paradigm, that executive functions during early development reside as well at the cellular level and no longer exclusively in the DNA of the nucleus. “Epigenetics is one form of cellular control over gene activity” (R.C.Francis, see Ref.1 in ESSENTIALS). Actually, this epigenetic approach is fast extending and today one should be cautious indeed to come too close to some epigenetic gurus, whose messages can be followed up for instance via You Tube (” 2011 Tapping World Summit”). Instead one should deepen time-consuming studies on DNA-sequencing, keeping in mind, that stimulus-dependent variations in DNA-molecules are expressed in the sequence and not in the proportion of DNA-constituents: variations in DNA-sequence are variations in information, but not necessarily in morphology and matter.

For us, since long time interested in prenatal sensomotorics, the really successful epigenetic approach motivated us strongly, to finalize our stimulation programme BabyQ (9+9), which originally had been designed not only for the sensomotoric stimulation of the unborn/newborn, but as well for the activation of both parents to develop latent talents and the taste-level in general. In its bilingual version of 2011 , BabyQ (9+9) covered a prenatal activation-period: PRE (utero-gestation) and a postnatal period of about 9-12 months: POST (extero-gestation). The PRE part can be seen as a guide for mothers-and fathers-to-be, to practice yoga and meditation, mandala painting, visualization and getting in touch with the unborn. Activities include deep listening to pieces of our “RSV” collection (see Resource-DVD), dancing & singing, talking to the growing unborn child and writing a diary during these very rich and exciting months of utero-gestation.

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The POST part contains a multitude of activities. During these 9-12 months of extero-gestation, the parents are motivated to select certain activities (which they like mostly) for frequent practicing, supported by other parents, friends or nannies as well. Audio-tactile activities will be continued and repetitions of prenatally experienced rhythms&melodies will be supplemented by outdoor- discoveries, then contributing original sounds of the forest and the sea. Sensomotoric playing with other babies, elder sisters, brothers and grandparents activates social perception, fine-motoric performance, balance and gross-motoric movements.

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In another POST part, our focus has been set on visuo-motoric activities for which special ccc-patterns for contrast-contour-and colour-perception are included (see Resource-DVD). Some patterns are designed for colour mixing via rotation, which needs advanced fine-motoric skills to handle the spinner. Whenever the fast growing and curious child succeeds in rotating the spinner nearly without support, this event can be celebrated as a large step forward in her fine-motoric consciousness. The CCC-patterns, prepared as cards or transparencies, can be used as well for other DIY (do-it-yourself) activities like assembling lanterns, mobiles, card decks… or a beautiful picture book.

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