Such behaviour and developmental delay has been attributed to trauma and lack of stimulation as well as living in hostile environments before and after birth. However there is another cause to add to the mix, and one that can be easily rectified.
We are all born with primitive reflexes that are usually integrated within the first year or so of life as they no longer serve us. Think of infant reflexes such as sucking and rooting and the plantar grasp where the toes curl when the foot is stroked. Two reflexes prevalent in our children are the moro (startle) and fear paralysis reflex which if not integrated are believed to contribute to learning challenges, behavioural challenges, anxiety, emotional imbalances and overwhelm.
A very simple yet unbelievably powerful first step is to make sure children know how to crawl. "Proper” crawling is done contralateral ie diagonally across the body- left leg and right arm.
Gain an understanding of the mind body connection, the senses, the reflexes and the importance of movement
Discuss the issues your children have and see how they can be addressed from a movement perspective
Learn about the rhythmic movements of infancy
Learn some exercises and activities to help your child(ren)
Discover why touch is importance to emotional and physical wellbeing and learn some simple story massage
You will need to practice the exercises yourself to be able to teach them to your child. Please come in loose comfortable clothes and bring a mat (eg a yoga mat) or towel and pillow
Gill’s workshop was really helpful, instructive and entertaining. Our adopters went away with lots of practical ideas for helping their children and are already seeing a difference. Many thanks- we look forward to seeing you again later in the year with another group!
Val Payman, Senior Social Worker, Adoption Support Team, Coram
Member of the International Stress Management Association
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