The work I do is based around Dr Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory, and the concept of social engagement vs flight/fight/freeze. My work is based on the concept of "neuroception" - the fact that some children (and adults) cannot distinguish safety from perceived threat, and so their bodies live in a stressful fight/flight state ALL the… Continue reading Not safe to learn: how addressing anxiety can help your child’s learning
Perhaps you've read about retained primitive reflexes already. Perhaps you are on programme already for your child... But did you know that retained reflexes can be hereditary? In clinic, around a quarter of my clients are adults. Just like me, six years or so ago, some parents who have started their children with reflex integration… Continue reading The reason why you over-react, misinterpret, get seasick and need to have the last word…
I'm writing this post both as a parent, who has been a reflex integration consumer, and as a neuro-developmental therapist, trying to do the best for her clients. I've picked the most frequently occurring scenarios to give you a peek at both sides of the fence in order to set expectations even better, avoiding any… Continue reading Get the most out of your child’s reflex integration programme – 10 guidelines for parents
The SEND world is like walking a tightrope above a ravine... As SEND parents, we are under constant strain to protect the interests of our children and fight their corners. It's really tough. When people bring their children to me, I can see myself with my son, six years ago when we started working with… Continue reading Support for SEND parents in crisis: Finding your own balance
Hello! I'm Emma and you'll be coming to see me in either Horsham, Dorking or Cranleigh soon! Everyone in the world has things they are brilliant at and things they have to work hard to do. I only discovered that I had to work much harder than I needed to when I was a grown… Continue reading A child’s guide to their first appointment
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.
I went along to a business networking meeting on Tuesday. I thought it would possibly be a good place to spread the word and also find people to help me with things like printing flyers, graphic design and perhaps even some social media help. What I wasn't prepared for was telling people what I "do"… Continue reading What is reflex integration therapy?
There are so many different "methodologies" that work with reflex integration. The best known in the UK are the INPP, RMT and MNRI. There's also Padovan and dermal stimulation (brushing). Which is "best"? Is there a "Gold Standard"? How do you choose who to go and see? When I see people asking for recommendations for… Continue reading Retained Primitive Reflexes – What method works best?
I often need to explain compensation to clients. I find 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 of today - skipping, French… Continue reading Are baby reflexes the reason for your struggles?