...why this work should not be misinterpreted as a "cure" I have just come across a Facebook advertisement asking for participants with a diagnosis of autism for clinical trials for a "treatment for autism". The advertisement has, unsurprisingly, been met with lots of "angry" reactions and angry comments from people who feel that autism is… Continue reading Removing the challenges – not the diagnosis
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.
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
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!