Possible Signs of Retained Reflexes
Children or adults who are showing any of the following:
- Slouches over a table when writing and/or support head with hand/arm
- Poor handwriting, pen grip or pain when writing
- Chews pens, fingers, or fingernails
- Sucks thumb, fingers or clothing
- Crawled in a non-typical way, toe walking or ‘W’ sitting
- Fits of emotion, mood swings, overly anxious and panic attacks
- Makes movement with mouth when writing or cutting
- Dislikes changes in routine, or inflexible requiring rigid routine
- Fluctuates between too active and exhausted
- Tires easily – poor stamina and endurance
- Procrastinates or has difficulty with making decisions
- Inarticulate speech or stuttering
- Problems socialising and/or playing with others
- Physically timid, unobtrusive, or passive
Movement and Our Brain-Body Connection
Movement is the most essential component that aids us in developing the skills that are the essential building blocks for sensory and physical development. Several studies demonstrate the link between movement programmes and improved dexterity, reading, verbal fluency, and semantic fluency (Reynolds et al 2003); the relationship between movement and the visual system (Shulman et al., 1997), movement and the language systems (Kim, Ugirbil, & Strick, 1994), movement and memory (Desmond, Gabrielli, Wagner, Ginier, & Glover, 1997), and movement and attention (Courchesne & Allen, 1997).
Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) Integrates and Matures Reflexes
Movement requires neurological connections and builds communication pathways. It helps our brain and body to talk to each other, and this is our focus with Rhythmic Movement Training. It is a reflex integration programme based on movements and activities that replicate our earliest movement patterns. We aim to establish, strengthen and retrain the foundations of posture, neurological maturity, vestibular function, sensory processing, memory, learning, emotions and behaviour. Ultimately, what Rhythmic Movement does, is to integrate reflexes, build and strengthen neurological pathways, create postural foundations and stimulate our senses.
Our Tomatis® Method aids our RMT as it stimulates the vestibular system, which is responsible for muscle movements (motor skills) as well as balance and coordination. In addition, the Tomatis® Method relaxes our extensor muscles, extending our limbs causing our bodies to feel more relaxed. We supply Soundsory®, a home listening device with a movement programme as a maintenance intervention.