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Posts on Child Development

Current Research in Manual Therapy

Discussing Manual Therapy with members of the scientific or medical communities is often challenging. Usually, shortly after jumping into a description of the efficacy of this treatment modality, the question arises “Do you have peer...

Emergence of Reflexes

This 8 minute video offers an excellent overview of infant postural and dynamic reflexes, and how these reflexes underly more complex motor and cognitive functions. However, some of the statements made in the video about the influence of...

Brain Gym Resources

his small book has been translated into 20-some languages. It offers drawings of the 26 Brain Gym activities with simple descriptions of how to do them, written in a simple story form that children can understand. Parents, teachers, and...

Cross Crawl

One of the simplest things we can do to improve how we are integrated neurologically is to an exercise called Cross Crawl. It is simply cross lateral movement. When we learn to crawl, we develop these circuits that emerge as the building blocks...

Sensory Integration Tools

These tool calibrate the sensitivity of the hands and feet to the postural and dynamic needs of the body. Clicking on the name of the tool, or the picture, will take you to Amazon.com, where you can find more information. Peanut Massage...

Cognition and Autism

Neurons distill sensory information from the body and from remembered patterns, and presents the result as thought. It is widely recognized that thought is the effect of the harmonization of synaptic firing. A group of neurons fire within a...

Fine Motor Control

Our human skills and capabilities primarily emerge from the largest and most evolutionarily recent parts of our brains, which are collectively called the Neo-Cortex. These abilities are learned behaviors. When we learn a skill, essentially what...

Linear Movement

SYMMETRICAL AND CROSS LATERAL LOCOMOTIVE REFLEX FUNCTION Locomotor Reflexes are the primitive mechanisms that combine to move us forward (or backward). In some manner, we share these systems with all animals. These are dominantly Proprioceptive...

Lateral Stability in Standing and Moving

Lateral Stability is what keeps us from falling to the sides. It is also associated with auditory processing and horizontal plane mapping. Complex cognitive processes that require making complex associations and relationships between object...

Visceral Reflexes and Behavior

Visceral reflexes are the most ancient cognitive mechanisms present in the human body. These reflexes regulate internal processes such as digestion and the function of the liver, processes which collectively are known as Homeostasis. Optimally...

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