Some of our children - indeed, some of us - find it extremely hard to switch off. Our brains work overtime, processing what's happened that day, worrying about what might happen... Some of us wake up at 3am and can't get back to sleep. Some of us are almost asleep when we suddenly jolt ourselves… Continue reading Sleep, anxiety, night terrors – and neuroscience
I was trying to explain compensation to a client the other day. I found myself relating to my own experiences to be the easiest and most neutral way to explain: I was an average child who grew up in the 1970s. I played outdoors in all weathers, possibly a lot more than the children… Continue reading Could you be compensating for baby 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 – what does it mean?
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 Understanding your aggressive child
In this article, I'm going to look at the basics of some of the primitive reflexes that I test for. This post looks at the Fear Paralysis Reflex (FPR), Moro Reflex and Babkin reflex, and how these impact on our emotional and mental health. "Highly Sensitive People" tend to have ALL these reflexes active, as… Continue reading Primitive reflexes: emotional and mental health and highly sensitive people
As soon as you were conceived, your cells were able to withdraw in reaction to threat. At around five weeks post-conception, your central nervous system started reacting to external stimuli: When there was a sudden loud noise, you would instinctively shrink to avoid potential danger. Fear Paralysis Reflex This instinctive reaction is the Fear Paralysis… Continue reading Why baby reflexes may be at the root of your anxiety
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 Why does my child lash out? How can I help?
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 movement is the key to helping our children
One of the things I'm most frequently asked about is how to reduce anxiety. If you can't stretch to using the Safe and Sound Protocol, or just need to know how to keep calm ahead of a stressful upcoming event, here are a few simple things you can try, almost anywhere: Music - Find a… Continue reading Quick tips for reducing anxiety – any time, anywhere.
Why do I have a photo of a dandelion featured on this blog post? Well, because the French for dandelion is pis-en-lit - literally "piss in bed", because dandelion is a natural diuretic. Bed wetting can continue into a child’s teens, and can cause stress when planning for activities, such as scout camps or school… Continue reading How to help your late bed wetter