Mark Church Brain Development, Neurological Development and Child Development Centre in Malta and Europe

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Why do some children struggle and have to work much harder through education, and in life, while others put less effort in and still succeed? 

The answer is those that struggle, or fail, usually have retained primitive reflexes from their Early Years development and have not fully developed their brain and sensory system so they have the resources they need in place to be able to learn with less effort. Can this be improved, and at any age? Absolutely, yes.

Anyone assessed and diagnosed with Learning challenges, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD / ADD, Behavioural / Social issues, Speech and Language challenges, Autism, Asperges, Cerebral palsy, Neurological and Developmental Delays, Mental health issues, PTSD, Brain injury and Trauma will most certainly have retained primitive reflexes that affect full development of the Central Nervous System, the brain and sensory functions. Until they are inhibited, the child, or adult, will continue to struggle with learning and have to work harder than others in education, in business, under-perform in sport and in other areas and tasks in their lives. This can be improved and is where I can help make profound and life-long changes.

What can I offer parents and schools?

I will help you understand why some children struggle with learning and being able to connect in life, and why they have behavioural / emotional / social / learning challenges. I assess children and adults for Primitive reflexes that will explain why they are struggling and then use specific developmental movements that will change their ability for life. The sooner they are assessed, the less problems throughout education and later on in life.

My Aim

My aim is to share my knowledge with parents, schools and professionals so that any child and adult struggling with learning can benefit from this simple, affordable and equipment-free movement based programme that develops the brain and senses naturally. If you have children in your school, or at home, struggling to learn with ease, enjoyment, confidence and success, I can make profound improvements to their ability. My techniques and practical training courses are unique and specialised in Malta.

Below is a short video made by a parent, Andrea Thornton. You may recognise you have the same questions about issues your child may have, and that there is an alternative drug-free and completely natural way to improve neurological connections that are life changing. If you go to Amazon.co.uk there is a 30 minute award-winning film you can buy and download very cheaply with further information and understanding about the importance of primitive reflexes. It will answer many questions you probably have as a parent or school.

What are primitive reflexes, and why does it matter if they are retained?

The primitive reflexes help develop the Central Nervous System during every child’s Early Years development, through movements they should learn to make during this greatest time of neurological growth. Movement stimulates and develops each of the senses that help make the connections throughout the different areas of the brain. The stronger the neural connections are made and the better all areas of the brain are connected, the more resources a child has to be able to learn with ease, confidence and success. If the primitive reflexes are still ‘active’ and retained in the system much after 4 years old, the brain and sensory system functions at a much lower level, making everything we do more difficult and stressful. Some people compensate for their difficulties and have to work much harder to achieve, and those with poor connections will struggle through education and may fail. If you first develop the senses and inhibit the primitive reflexes that make the connections strong, the person will then no longer have to compensate or struggle and everything will become easier for life. This, in my opinion, is so important for parents and the education system to understand to be able to help any child struggling with learning and during their young developmental years.

When do the reflexes begin their development? 

This process begins about 5 weeks after conception, continues throughout pregnancy, some reflexes peak during the natural birthing process, they continue to develop in order after birth and all should have played their role sufficiently by around 4 years old. The most important time is during the first 12 months after birth when the greatest neural growth takes place, and then up to around 4 years old. If the baby / infant is not given the opportunity to spend time on the floor and be able to move freely, the inner movement pattern every one of us are born with will hinder the making of the connections throughout the brain, leaving the brain and sensory system neurologically immature. This is when teachers typically see children struggling and falling behind in education and then provide extra help.

Why is movement so important?

Movement is the most effective and efficient way to achieve brain and sensory integration, as it is the way nature intended for every one of us. Movement develops the foundations of the Central Nervous System, starting in utero and during our Early Years to around 4 years old. Movement is vital to our sensory-motor system that makes the neural connections that link up the areas of the brain. When the reflexes are fully integrated and the brain is sufficiently connected, we have the resources to be able to learn easily, confidently and successfully. Without movement during this vital neurological growth period, especially the first 12 months after birth, the brain and sensory system will remain immature and can be the root cause of most learning challenges seen in many classrooms today. Neural connections can be made and areas of the brain linked up at any time using developmental movements. This is my area of speciality that is unique in Malta.

Can something be done to help an immature brain after 4 years old?

Absolutely YES. The child or adult will need to learn specific developmental movements he/she may have missed, or not performed for long enough during the first 4 years. It is a simple process, and with time and practice the connections will be made and learning will improve for anyone. Follow my advice, learn to make the movements I teach you exact, effortlessly, rhythmically and symmetrically, with no more than 10 – 15 minutes of practice a day and I guarantee you will see very positive results that are for life.

How long it will take?

This will depend on how many reflexes are retained. A level of change takes place immediately after movement. As the movements improve so the level of change improves too. Usually, about 6 – 12 months and then the results are for life. It will help you in Education, Business, Sport and the Performing arts. Any skill where you maybe struggling and would like to do better, I can help.

Peer reviewed evidence of the benefits of Rhythmic Movements toward learning outcomes in a classroom, Tessa Grigg Ph.D has done some research with a school. Click on the link:  https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/16565

I run specialised, professional and experiential training courses in the reflexes and sensory integration. The courses are hands-on, involve movement and will also give you the opportunity to learn about your own reflexes at the same time. These are two of the best self development programmes I have ever experienced and I would like to share with people who are interested and who work with child development and learning challenges. Please contact me if you would like to attend my courses.

I teach movements in schools that are performed in the classroom or gym for only 15 minutes a day that provide profound improvements to learning, self-confidence, managing emotions and behaviour which leads to higher grades in end of year exam results. Teachers report they have seen amazing and quick changes in their children with improvements in Reading, Writing, Attention, Focus, Comprehension, being able to sit still for longer and many many more challenges teachers see in their classroom. This will be one of the best investments a school can make to develop the brain and senses to be able to learn for any child struggling or failing in education or life. A world of possibilities and opportunities open up when learning becomes successful, and easy!

Schools / SpLD teachers / LSE’s / Education Department

I would like to introduce you to ‘The Movement Programme’. This has been specifically designed to help children aged between 8 – 13+ years to improve literacy skills and end of year results with clearly proven and lasting results. The programme, designed in 12 modules, is used in schools for 15 – 20 minutes every day, 5 days of the week for 12 weeks. It can also be accessed by parents at home to follow with their children and other family members. Please contact me if you would like to access this successful programme. Please click on the video below to learn more about it. I know the creator of this programme personally.

I give talks and demonstrations about the reflexes and how to recognise the signs in the classroom that most teachers will recognise. I can teach you movements you can take back into the classroom and use straightaway. Please contact me if this interests you.

On the Testimonial page there are many comments from various people, and one particular one from a School’s Inspection Service in the UK. There are comments from my clients, parents, professionals and people that have been on my training courses that have used the techniques back in their schools or practices.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please write in the ‘Quick Enquiry’ box at the top on the right.