One of the things I’m most frequently asked about is how to reduce anxiety. With the current situation unfolding, we all need to look after ourselves and make sure we are not projecting our fears onto our children too. Here are a few simple things you can try, almost anywhere, which will activate your parasympathetic… Continue reading Reducing Coronavirus Anxiety
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
This week, I have heard the facepalmily avoidable story of unpleasant bullying of a nine year-old child, both at school and Cubs by the same child. His school thoughtfully brought in a visitor to talk about "differences" this week. Wonderful idea in principle. However, poorly executed in practice because it has caused a bullying situation.… Continue reading “Differences”, Primary Schools and Bullying
I started flying in 2003. I had decided to have a career change, and went to South Africa to do an intensive course over around six weeks, which was about a third of the price of flying in the UK, and with the promise of better weather, dramatic scenery and incredible wildlife (views of great… Continue reading Why pilots need to integrate primitive reflexes
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
You have undoubtedly found this blog post because you have an interest in retained primitive reflexes. Welcome! Have you been thinking about doing it yourself? Either with YouTube videos, or even by purchasing an online course? Or perhaps you have been trying a do-it-yourself approach, using books, videos and online training? In which case, have… Continue reading Primitive Reflex Integration: How to do it yourself.
If you have heard of the Safe and Sound Protocol but still don't really understand how it works, or why it's different to other listening programmes, this blog post is for you. The Safe and Sound Protocol by iLs/Unyte The SSP is the culmination of over forty years worth of research by Dr Stephen Porges,… Continue reading How does the Safe and Sound Protocol work?
I'm writing this blog as a result of some of the recent media reports I've seen, following Chris Evans' enthusiasm about how reflex integration, "a miracle treatment", has helped his son with his reading, writing, attention and anxiety. The way these reports have been worded in the tabloid newspapers demonstrates a lack of understanding of… Continue reading What are retained reflexes?
AKA: Supporting your sensitive child through the festive season. My children have been asking how long until Christmas since blinking Hallowe'en, thanks to retailers and commercial hype, as well as the school term. Hopefully you've got through that horrific end of term rush, with concerts, nativity plays, Christmas jumper days Christmas fairs, etc. That can… Continue reading Wishing you a Polyvagal Christmas!
Are you new to the subject of retained primitive reflexes and wanting to learn more? Or have you just started seeing a practitioner and are full of enthusiasm and wonder at how it works? I've read just about every book available on the subject, both as a parent and as a practitioner. So I have… Continue reading Books about Retained Reflexes – Reviews by Move2Connect