Developmental Movement Education

Overview

Babies’ brains develop from the bottom up. In order for a child to focus, sit still or do higher level academic skills such as reading or math, they need a strong foundation in the lower parts of their brain to build upon. Just as a house requires a solid foundation, so does a developing child. This is how nature designed it! During these informative movement sessions, families and caregivers will learn simple, playful and easy to use developmental movements and activities to support healthy brain development in their infants and children. Whether you are a parent of an infant, looking for proactive ideas to support your baby’s developing brain or you have a child struggling with focus and reading, these movement based sessions will empower and provide you with resources to add to your parenting toolkit.

What are Primitive Reflexes?

Primitive Reflexes are like the ABCs of movement. They unlock movement and prepare the brain for everything it needs to do. They are intended to be active during infancy and emerge in utero. Once they are integrated, these reflexes act as a foundation that allow for the development of more sophisticated movement patterns and automaticity. These reflexes are integrated through the baby’s movement.

When primitive reflexes are not integrated in children and adults, they can interfere with their ability to learn and develop. Retained Primitive Reflexes may contribute to challenges with speech, visual and auditory processing, sensory perceptions, focus and self-regulation, gross and fine motor development, coordination, balance and all levels of academic learning. The birthing process plays an important role in helping Primitive Reflexes emerge and integrate. Babies who have had a difficult/traumatic birth or have been born by cesarean would benefit from these movements. Once integrated, Primitive Reflexes may become active again in the body, especially if there is an illness, concussion or other trauma. Primitive Reflexes are integrated through movement and this can be done at any age.

 

       

Common Concerns

  • Parents of infants who are wanting to be proactive and learn ways to promote healthy brain development in their baby
  • A child who is having difficulty meeting milestones or who has challenges with academic learning/focus/ attention/self regulation/anxiety
  • Babies who had birth complications or delivered by caesarian
  • Adoptive families looking for resources that foster attachment and support healthy brain development

Benefits

  1. Supports healthy brain development in infants and children
  2. Addresses root causes of many challenges
  3. Empowers families with tools to support their developing child
  4. Compliments other therapies children are involved in

Practitioners

  • Joanne Smyth

    Certified NeurOptimal® Brain Trainer, Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Consultant, Licensed Brain GymⓇ Instructor/Consultant

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    Joanne is passionate about working together with families and caregivers, providing them with resources and education around child development and learning, developmental movement and wellness.

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