Brain Based Movements in Action! Part 2

Brain Based Movements in Action! Part 2

Hi there! Onalee here again, and I'm excited to share updates on my kids' progress after completing the Brain Based Movements course with them! The results are super exciting and I hope they encourage you that your kids CAN overcome similar challenges! Click here to read Part 1 of this series!

Quick recap: I noted the struggles my children were having after using the help aid in the Brain Based Movements course.  We started the exercises, and I was stunned!  I had no idea that these seemingly very easy exercises would challenge my children like they did!  My kids have no problems running around, playing, riding bikes, doing...

Brain Based Movements in Action, Part 1

Brain Based Movements in Action, Part 1

I am so excited to tell you about my most recent learning experience that I feel certain will help my children with some areas of concern, especially with regard to their ability to learn.  I recently worked my way through Yellow Wood's Brain Based Movement course.  This course is laid out so that you can take it in small chunks and really focus on the reflexes that are of the most concern for your student(s).  I found the video demonstration of each movement...

WHY DOES MY CHILD STRUGGLE WITH COORDINATION?

WHY DOES MY CHILD STRUGGLE WITH COORDINATION?

Does your child have difficulty with activities that require coordination and balance? Do they often bump into things or are "clumsy" in general? It may be because of today's reflex: The Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex! This reflex helps a child build their core muscles and is part of the reason why tummy time is so important! Without enough tummy time, some children will retain this reflex instead of integrating it and will have trouble with coordination and spatial awareness especially! They may also have a hard time with sequencing activities, like...

IS IT DYSLEXIA OR A RETAINED PRIMITIVE REFLEX?

IS IT DYSLEXIA OR A RETAINED PRIMITIVE REFLEX?

As we continue our series in Primitive Reflexes, today we'll be talking about the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex. This reflex helps baby sleep safely by moving their arm out of the way when sleeping on their stomach. If they move their head to the other side, that arm will move out of the way. It also helps baby's eyes track from side to side. 

If a child still has this reflex, they'll often show signs of poor balance, right/left confusion, letter and...

5 WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUR STUDENT THROUGH MOVEMENT!

5 WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUR STUDENT THROUGH MOVEMENT!

At Yellow Wood Tutoring we are passionate about helping children succeed by strengthening their bodies and minds! There is such an important connection between movement and learning. In our classes you'll see students doing primitive reflex exercises, sitting on yoga balls, and playing with fidget toys. Allowing students to move and play while learning is vital to a good learning experience!

Need ideas on how to implement movement at home? Here are a few! 

1. Bounce a ball while working on memorization! Use whatever your student is learning: the alphabet, multiplication facts, the presidents... bounce the ball back and forth or dribble...

WHY IS COPYING FROM THE BOARD SO TRICKY?

WHY IS COPYING FROM THE BOARD SO TRICKY?

Today we'll be talking about another primitive reflex - the Symmetrical Tonic Neck reflex. It usually shows up around 6 months old, and helps babies practice rocking back and forth on their hands and knees - a skill they'll need in order to crawl! It typically is integrated by 11 months. 

A child who has a retained STNR (meaning it stuck around longer than it should have) may have poor posture, and have a hard time with...

WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE POOR HANDWRITING?

WHY DOES MY CHILD HAVE POOR HANDWRITING?

Next on the list is the Palmar Reflex! This reflex is seen in infancy when a child grasps your finger! It usually is integrated into normal movement by 5 or 6 months of age. 

Everyone has seen a child who, while practicing cutting with scissors or playing piano, sticks their tongue out because they are concentrating. What's really happening though is that the Palmar Reflex has not integrated! This reflex literally connects the hand and mouth, so when it sticks around into childhood, it can look pretty funny! This reflex must be integrated in order for children to...

WHY IS MY CHILD EASILY STARTLED OR ANXIOUS?

WHY IS MY CHILD EASILY STARTLED OR ANXIOUS?

Anyone have a child who is easily startled? Or who is very anxious in new situations? These are just a couple of the symptoms that can affect a child with a retained Moro reflex. 

But first, what does it mean to be "retained"? This just means that the reflex has "stuck around" for too long. Typically these primitive reflexes are "integrated" by a year old. When this doesn't happen, it becomes harder for the brain to be used efficiently, especially as a child gets older and has more demands. But, even if a reflex is retained, it's never too late to help it integrate.