Jona’s Oma (Grandmother) brought Jona to see me following her attendance at an Early Childhood Brain Gym® Movements course. She was caring for Jona 1 day a week, implementing a pre - school HIPPY programme and music class while his mother was working. She felt that he was not developmentally ready for school which was planned for 4 months later. Alison ( name changed) reported that Jona was born 6 weeks prematurely, movement milestones were within normal age but she felt that Jona was clumsy, “top heavy”, overactive at times and was going to have a challenging time at school. He has had ongoing speech therapy. Other concerns were immature static balance, tactile defensiveness, reluctance to use pencil and paper, and immature emotional control.
In these pictures, Jona is drawing a robot with 2 hands, and doing 2 Brain Gym® movements, (Cross Crawl and the Hook Ups) o...
Quirky kids are my passion. They have this wonderful creative potential but they often struggle and under-perform educationally. It is most rewarding to see them gain skills and strategies to help them cope and flourish. If a child reports that they got player of the day at soccer ,felt confident giving a speech or their writing or drawing has improved, I know that I have facilitated positive change in that child’s life.
This is usually carried out over a series of sessions and involves parents/caregivers in doing a playful movement programme at home to reinforce the changes.
Here are some of outcomes experienced after a series of sessions.
• Learning can become easier and faster ( eg. Reading, writing, physical coordination) as the underlying physiology around learning becomes more efficient.
• Challenges around Learning and development may reduce.
• Retained primitive reflexive movements are integrated i.e No longer observable. . These can interfere with learning and moving.