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October 1st  
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 ERIE CANAL WALK 4 LD - CELEBRATION
Come celebrate my 222 mile journey along the Erie Canal.  September 28th, 4:30-7:30
Peebles Island State Park.  Waterford, NY
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September 23-25 
Ellicot City, MD 
Bowie, MD & Dover, DE 
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FIVE AMAZING ACTIVITIES TO ACTIVATE YOUR BRAIN
October 3, 6:30-8pm
Saratoga Springs Public Library
Saratoga Springs, NY

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia
October 7,8, 9
Cromwell, Bridgeport & Nanuet, CT
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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia
October 21,22,23
Idaho Falls & Boise, ID
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Primitive Reflexes and the Effect on Learning  
September 20, 2013  
Dear Friend,

As many of you are already aware I've been walking the historic Erie Canal in Upstate, NY to raise awareness about learning disabilities....and that we can change our brains! 

I've walked over 200 miles and have met lots of people along the way.  Many who have questions about primitive reflexes and how they effect learning.  I thought it was a good time for a refresher for some of you
About Primitive Reflexes
About Primitive Reflexes
and to get the word out to my new friends!  Enjoy the article below. 
 
Lastly I hope you can join me to celebrate the ERIE4LD walk on Saturday, September 28th, 4:30-7:30pm, Peebles Island State Park, Waterford, NY.  Click HERE for more details.  Hope to see you there!
Primitive Reflexes

When we are in utero and are infants, we go through stages of development that help us grow both physically as well as mentally. During these stages we naturally do certain physical movements that help us through each stage. We repeatedly do these movements, building muscle and opening pathways to our higher thinking brain, until we no longer need them. These stages are defined by the automatic reflexes that our bodies exhibit, that become inhibited once they are integrated.


A good example is the stage that includes the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR). At this stage, from in utero to about 4 months, when placed on his tummy, a child will pick his head up, even though his head is about the same length and weight as the rest of his body. Where does he get the strength? He doesn't have it - it is a reflex that he cannot control. Meanwhile, while he continues to pick his head up, he gains control and builds muscle, and continues to develop neurologically, eventually integrating the reflex. If the reflex is not integrated, for some reason during the developmental process then it is retained. Some of the symptoms of a retained TLR are poor posture, inability to cross eyes, and poor sense of time.   The exercises I teach help to integrate six of the primitive reflexes.


There are six primitive reflexes that I work with, although this is just a subset of all. More information on this subject can be found in the book Reflexes, Learning, and Behavior by Sally Goddard. The primitive reflexes that I work with cover the six groupings of symptoms found below. The names, in order by group, are Moro Reflex, TLR, Spinal Galant, Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR), Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR) and Palmar Reflex.

It takes just minutes a day to integrate these primitive reflexes. The exercises need to be done daily, or at least 5 times a week for about a month in order to see a change. Once integrated the student has set up the brain to be able to learn.  I have seen children suddenly understand math, finally being able to memorize and remember, and for the first time being able to write a paragraph on their own.    

 

These reflexes set up the body and mind to be able to handle and work through the next phases in the Pyramid of Potential: the sensory-motor system, the cognitive development, and finally academics.

 

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