From experience, I know how it feels to have a child who is struggling – either academically or socially. It is often hard to know what to do to truly help.
Our development is a little bit like walking up steps: we need one thing to happen before we move onto the next stage. Sometimes (often), people say that their child has missed milestones altogether, such as cross crawling. This is a little bit like skipping a few steps on a staircase: we can still move forward, but not as efficiently, because part of our central nervous system is stuck.
Skipping these steps in development may cause learning challenges for children, such as issues with eye tracking, core strength or difficulties crossing the midline. We may sail through to adulthood, unaware that we have in fact compensated for these difficulties all our lives, and then become anxious or depressive as adults.
Retained primitive reflexes and delayed postural control are at the root of diagnoses such as ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and OCD. In fact, these labels are a way of bundling symptoms together to explain the behaviours of those on a neuro-developmental spectrum – people with retained reflexes.
We can give the central nervous system a second chance to mature in people of ALL ages, and help the brain to make new connections, by means of a simple neurosensorimotor programme, which replicates the movements that we make as foetuses and babies.
Primitive reflex integration can help with:
- emotional regulation
- “ants in pants” – inability to sit still
- posture and core strength
- sensory processing difficulties
- learning difficulties
- coordination and sports performance
Reflex integration work is not a quick fix – it should be considered a way for the brain to change itself, and for anyone using the programme to become more self aware and cope better with the challenges of the wide world.
I have worked with a variety of people, between the ages of 4 and 102, and have a special interest in children with sensory processing difficulties, anxiety and dyspraxia, but around 1/3 of my RMTi students are adults with anxiety.
I am licensed as an RMTi Practitioner.
When you come to see me in clinic, we’ll talk a little bit about what brings you to see me. If you are seeing me about your child, I will often do this by phone, so that we can be sensitive to your child in clinic. I’ll then spend some time assessing various movements.
Then we’ll see whether we can start to make some changes together, and help you notice some small differences through movement, and become more aware of the way your body moves.
I’ll then send you away with some movements to practice every day until we next meet. Consistency is the key: It takes around two weeks to form a new synapse by teaching the body the appropriate patterns, and about a month for the synapse to work efficiently. This is why the “training” part of Rhythmic Movement Training is important: we are training our bodies to make new brain connections.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no easy answer to this question, as the number of sessions required will all depend on your particular case. Working out what a body needs is a little bit like peeling back the layers of an onion.
What I can say is that you won’t be seeing me forevermore: I am teaching you to recognise what your body needs, so that you can be in control and manage your needs.
I may also recommend that you intersperse visits to me with visits to other professionals, such as cranial osteopaths, somatic experiencing or EMDR practitioners, depending on your case.