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School refusal, anxiety and the plastic brain

There is nothing more traumatic than having a child clinging to you and refusing to file into school in the morning. Even worse is when a child flatly refuses to go to school and the accompanying meltdowns. Anxiety is the neurological state of feeling unsafe. Feeling "safe" is key to combating anxiety. That is why… Continue reading School refusal, anxiety and the plastic brain

FPR: Fear Paralysis Reflex, Moro reflex, Spinal Galant Reflex

Sensory Processing Disorder: How learning how to re-wire the brain is the key to helping our children

Sensory processing disorder. So common in our children. In fact, for most parents of neuro-diverse children, sensory processing difficulties are probably the first thing that they noticed as "different" from peers. Why do some children have sensory processing disorder? In brief, it's down to a differently wired brain. Quite simply, the part of the brain… Continue reading Sensory Processing Disorder: How learning how to re-wire the brain is the key to helping our children

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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and the Plastic Brain

I have been working with a child who has all the dys- specific learning difficulties: dyslexia, dyscalculia (the maths equivalent of dyslexia), dysgraphia (extreme handwriting challenges) and dyspraxia (a lack of spatial/temporal awareness/personal organisation). Through movement and work with his Fear Paralysis and Moro reflexes, I've seen him shift from having extreme sensory challenges and… Continue reading Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and the Plastic Brain

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Getting an EHCP without a diagnosis: The Law and your child.

After talking to a worried parent this morning, I decided it was time to express my views on formal diagnoses. Is it worth doing? is it really going to help? Is it counter productive? The objective of this post is to reassure anyone who is either trying desperately to get a diagnosis or shying away… Continue reading Getting an EHCP without a diagnosis: The Law and your child.

FPR: Fear Paralysis Reflex, Moro reflex

My child keeps lashing out – Why? And how on earth do I deal with it?

Do you have a child who has unpredictably hit, kicked or even bitten someone else? Are you wondering what on earth is causing this behaviour and what to do about it? Read on... When you were a tiny little foetus, only around five weeks old, your central nervous system started reacting to external stimuli. When… Continue reading My child keeps lashing out – Why? And how on earth do I deal with it?

FPR: Fear Paralysis Reflex, Spinal Galant Reflex, STNR: Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

W-Sitting and Primitive Reflexes

Does your child sit in this position? This is known as "w-sitting", and you may or may not have heard that it's not a great position for the hips. Your child sits like this because they are comfortable sitting like this. However, I'm about to tell you what causes a child to sit like this,… Continue reading W-Sitting and Primitive Reflexes

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Back to school anxiety – a polyvagal approach

AKA: Supporting your child in their transition through school School is about to start again any second after the longest annual break from routine that our children get. I don't know about you, but I have mixed feelings about this: We've had the most gorgeous six weeks - in the French Alps and Dorset. We've… Continue reading Back to school anxiety – a polyvagal approach

Babkin reflex, Corporate, FPR: Fear Paralysis Reflex, Moro reflex, Neuroplasticity

Work dynamics – coping with opposite personality types: a primitive reflex perspective

I had an 18-year long career in the corporate world, working within the fields of journalism, tour operations, information systems and information security. What made me go freelance was my very last permanent role, for a global pharmaceuticals company. I worked in IT security, and was jointly responsible for protecting the EMEA region from security… Continue reading Work dynamics – coping with opposite personality types: a primitive reflex perspective

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Developmental Trauma and Neuroplasticity

I’m re-reading The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. I want to relate the way reflex integration works and why it is effective for those with emotional, sensory or learning challenges to this book. The author explains that there are 3 approaches to helping a person with trauma (retained reflexes are a… Continue reading Developmental Trauma and Neuroplasticity