Babies’ brains develop from the bottom up. In order for a child to focus, sit still or do higher level academic skills such as reading or math, they need a strong foundation in the lower parts of their brain to build upon. Just as a house requires a solid foundation, so does a developing child. This is how nature designed it! During these informative movement sessions, families and caregivers will learn simple, playful and easy to use developmental movements and activities to support healthy brain development in their infants and children. Whether you are a parent of an infant, looking for proactive ideas to support your baby’s developing brain or you have a child struggling with focus and reading, these movement based sessions will empower and provide you with resources to add to your parenting toolkit.
What are Primitive Reflexes?
Primitive Reflexes are like the ABCs of movement. They unlock movement and prepare the brain for everything it needs to do. They are intended to be active during infancy and emerge in utero. Once they are integrated, these reflexes act as a foundation that allow for the development of more sophisticated movement patterns and automaticity. These reflexes are integrated through the baby’s movement. When primitive reflexes are not integrated in children and adults, they can interfere with their ability to learn and develop. Retained Primitive Reflexes may contribute to challenges with speech, visual and auditory processing, sensory perceptions, focus and self regulation, gross and fine motor development, coordination, balance and all levels of academic learning. The birthing process plays an important role in helping Primitive Reflexes emerge and integrate. Babies who have had a difficult/traumatic birth or have been born by cesarean would benefit from these movements. Once integrated, Primitive Reflexes may become active again in the body, especially if there is an injury, concussion, illness or other trauma. Primitive Reflexes are integrated through movement and this can be done at any age.
I incorporate movement programs such as Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training and adapted Brain Gym® Building Blocks into sessions. I am a both a licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant and a Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training Consultant. I continue to take courses to gather new tools for my toolbox to share with others.
These program have been found to support:
- concentration, focus and organizational skills
- reading, writing, math abilities
- academic skills and cognitive integration
- physical coordination and mobility
- speech and language development
- grapho-motor skills
- auditory processing
- visual tracking
- eye hand coordination
- stress and anxiety
- confidence and self esteem
- executive functioning and self regulation
- positive family dynamics
Programs that I am trained in:
Neurodevelopment Movement Program-Level 1
Brain and Sensory Foundations-Level 1
Movement Exploration-Level 1