Other Key Techniques that Kathy uses in her sessions
Some people simply have a more sensitive, reactive nervous system; the stimulation of sights, sounds, tastes, fragrances, movements, textures, and more can be “too much to handle.”
The seven Developmental Building Block Activities support people of any age in developing a stronger internal sense of pattern and structure, so that this kind of “external input” can be more easily received and responded to. They’re a wonderful support for those diagnosed with developmental delay, sensory integration issues, ADD/ADHD, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, Down syndrome – or for anyone who may be overwhelmed by the sensory load from over-stimulating environments.
The BBAs are incredibly calming. They’re particularly helpful for very young children, or those who “resist” doing the Brain Gym activities themselves. For such individuals, the Brain Gym movements may be “too much information” for their nervous system to organize and store; they cannot identify or express their own overwhelm, so they simply refuse to participate, or fall into emotional over-reaction. After some time of experiencing the BBAs, many children are able to enjoy all kinds of things that were previously intolerable for them.
These techniques were developed by Cecilia Koester, as part of her Brain Gym® for Special Needs Providers course. Kathy Brown is fully trained by Cecilia, and is authorized by her to teach these techniques to others in a one-day workshop. (Please contact our office if this workshop interests you.)
If a specific client would benefit from any of the BBAs, Kathy will teach the parent or guardian how to facilitate them at home, so they can be done on a regular basis.
Touch for Health is a means of quickly easing the discomfort of common aches, pains and stresses of daily living. This system utilizes “muscle checking” (kinesiology) to determine imbalances in meridian flow, and restores balance with gentle acupressure techniques
For a more complete description, you can refer to this Blog article: “Introducing Touch for Health.”
This is an extensive topic. First, I’ll share some information drawn from my own blog article on Understanding Retained Infant Reflexes:
What are Childhood Reflexes?
Many people who have cared for an infant are familiar with childhood reflexes, perhaps without knowing what they are: Put your finger in the infant’s hand and her fingers and thumb grip tightly around it (Palmar Reflex). The infant’s head turns, and the arm and leg on that side extend away from the body, and the other arm and leg bend (Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex). Startled, the infant instantly throws his hands wide, head back, eyes open, breathing in – often followed by a cry – and then slowly closes arms and legs again (Moro Reflex).
Infants are biologically prompted to go through this series of reflexive movements. Some are for survival (Root-and-Suck Reflex – finding food), some are for upright posture and coordination (Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex – learning to differentiate the two sides of the body, as well as the beginning of eye-hand coordination; Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex – develops the capacity for muscle tone).
Each reflex has a specific timeline for development. The infant is born with several reflexes operating; others emerge later. The whole process is sometimes referred to as the “infant reflex continuum.” Doctors often gauge the development of the child by the orderly progression of these reflexes.
Under optimal circumstances all reflexes emerge during the appropriate stage of the child’s growth, develop as a firmly functioning reflex, and then integrate into the overall neural system. At this point that stimulus will no longer trigger uncontrolled, reflexive action. It is vital that this occurs.
If various reflexes fail to emerge, develop, and integrate, the infant may become locked into a developmental holding pattern that prevents natural maturation of neural systems, leading to mild to severe learning and performance challenges.
Resolving these infant reflex challenges
Kathy says —
There are a number of techniques that have been developed to help “retained” infant reflexes to fully integrate, and I’m trained in several of them, including Masgutova Method, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), and Quantum Reflex Integration.
The system I call on more than any other (perhaps because its format is a direct fit with how I work with the Brain Gym session process) was developed and refined over the last 20 years by Claire Hocking, a Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant in Australia.
I have seen remarkable changes in clients’ ability to think, focus, learn, and move in a coordinated way, once specific infant reflexes were resolved. I have described some of these experiences in blog postings and articles, which I’m listing here for you.
If “reflexes” comes up as the priority modality in regard to the client’s “goal” issue, we identify exactly which retained reflex is at the core of the challenge, and complete the protocols that help to integrate it.
If you have specific questions about how reflex resolution work might apply to your own situation, or that of your child, please contact my office.
I have sponsored Claire Hocking here in the United States to teach her system. Please inquire if you would be interested in attending a similar class in the future.
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