Rhythmic Movement Training Courses 2018 -19

These courses are open to: Paediatric O.T’s, SpLD teachers, Teaching assistants, Child development professionals, Doctors, Paediatricians, Psychologists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Child Development Centres, Therapists, Movement therapists, Physical Education practitioners, Sports coaches, Childcare support teams, Parents

‘Why learning is not all in your head’ is a great statement to be aware of. The brain AND body have to be engaged and be able to communicate easily for learning to take place for every child. On these courses, you will understand what this means, recognise in children when this is not happening and then be able to give simple rhythmic movements that will help make the connections.

These five levels will give you the most profound and unique set of techniques and knowledge to help many children struggling with physical and emotional development and learning challenges and adults who may be struggling in some areas of their lives. The knowledge and understanding to why many developmental issues arise is invaluable and unique and the techniques to test for and integrate each reflex is simple, transforming the lives of many people and their future opportunities completely naturally.

If you are looking for simple, yet powerful and profound techniques to be able to reach the most difficult learning styles, this course is for you. These courses will:

  • Improve any child’s ability to learn easily, confidently and successfully
  • Improve every child’s development
  • Help below chronological age issues in children
  • Help make teaching children easier
  • Improve end of year grades with lasting results
  • Give you the easiest and most effective techniques to develop the brain and senses as nature intended
  • The best investment your school / department could have to reach every child’s learning style
  • Help every parent who wants the best for their children and their future

Venue : In Malta – 290 Euros per level

Making Connections –  Wednesday 14th / Thursday 15th November 2018

Level 1 –    Saturday / Sunday TBA  2018

Level 2 – Saturday / Sunday   TBA

Level 3 –  Saturday / Sunday   TBA

Face the Fear – Saturday / Sunday  TBA  2019

Venue:  In Malta – 290 Euros per level

 Making Connections – Saturday / Sunday TBA 2019

 Level 1 –  Saturday / Sunday  TBA

 Level 2 – Saturday / Sunday  TBA

 Level 3 – Saturday / Sunday  TBA

Venue: In the UK –  £265 per level

 Making Connections –  Saturday / Sunday TBA 2019

 Level 1 –  Saturday / Sunday  TBA  2019

 Level 2 –  Saturday / Sunday  TBA

 Level 3  – Saturday / Sunday  TBA

Venue : In Dublin, Ireland – 290 Euros per level

Face the Fear – Saturday / Sunday  TBA  2018

Venue : In London, UK – £265 per level

Face the Fear – Saturday / Sunday  TBA  2018

Making Connections – Special interest course

Making Connections manual

This 2 day course is a special interest course for parents and child development professionals. We look at how the brain develops, the areas that develop during the Early Years and how movement can improve any delays in development. It really is a fascinating course and you will learn simple movements to use at home, in school and early years nurseries and pre-schools.

The areas of the brain we look at are the hindbrain, midbrain and forebrain. We also look at the role of the Cerebellum, the Reticular Activating System, the Limbic system, Basal ganglia and the Neocortex. The information is easily understood, accessible and very useful to parents and professionals and just how simple movements can make profound improvements to development and learning. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to understand how children develop.

We look at:

  • The areas of the brain, how they develop and how the connections are made
  • How rhythmic movements are an essential process to the neurological development in every child
  • How the brain and body must be connected for learning to take place
  • How rhythmic movements stimulate the senses and motor development
  • How rhythmic movements develop muscle tone, posture and flexibility
  • What happens if any area lacks immature development and what can be done to improve this
  • The signs and symptoms of immature development
  • Developing connections from Cerebellum to the Speech centres to improve speech and communication
  • Developing the connections through to the Prefrontal cortex
  • Movements that stimulate the Reticular Activating System to improve alertness and sleep patterns
  • Movements to improve development to the Limbic system to help emotional issues
  • Movements to improve neural development to the Neocortex
  • Movements to improve neural development to the Frontal lobes
  • Learn many movements to take away and use straightaway
  • Experience the changes in yourself as you make the movements and the connections

Level 1

Focus, Organisation & Comprehension

Level 1 Manual

This 2 day course teaches you how rhythmic movements can be used to assist in developing the vital neural connections between the Basal ganglia, the Neocortex and the Prefrontal cortex that relate to challenges with impulsivity, focus, attention, comprehension, speech, organisation, muscle tone & motor skills.

The primitive reflexes we work with in Level 1 help to build the neural foundations and link up the frontal lobes, the CEO of the brain. This is underdeveloped in children and adults with attention challenges and ADHD / ADD but can be improved and connected easily using rhythmic movements to integrate the reflexes necessary for these skills.

We will cover –

  • What is Rhythmic Movement Training and the orgins of the programme
  • How does a baby develop from first being helpless when born into a child that is a confident and successful learner? How does that change take place
  • Why children have difficulties sitting still, being inattentive & lack focus
  • Brain structure
  • The journey and role of the reflexes
  • The role of movement relating to reflex inhibition
  • Why do learning challenges occur?
  • Focus and attention challenges as immaturity of the brain
  • How to help ADHD without the need for medication, or to reduce the need
  • The qualities of exact rhythmic movements
  • Working with compensations and Asymmetry
  • Physical and emotional reactions to movement and reflex integration
  • Stimulating the senses to promote balance and postural control
  • Movements that improve concentration, attention and comprehension
  • Stimulating the Reticular Activating System for alertness and helping ADD
  • Identifying developmental challenges and how to clear them
  • The effects of RMT on behaviour, impulse control and reasoning skills
  • The Basal ganglia, motor development and muscle tone to help postural skills
  • The reflexes we will look at are the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, the Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, The Spinal galant, the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex, The Amphibian Reflex, The Landau Reflex, The Infant plantar and the Babinski reflex

Level 2

Emotions, Memory & Behaviour

Level 2 manual

This 1 day course looks at how using rhythmic movements can help develop and link up the Limbic system to the Prefrontal cortex to help manage many emotional challenges. Many children have stressful lives and this affects how they are able to learn. When the ‘fight / flight’ system is constantly being triggered, teachers and parents cannot expect a child to be able to learn. First, a child needs to feel safe, relaxed and connected. There are reflexes that need to be inhibited for the Limbic system to function properly, to learn about ‘who we are’ and to feel connected and secure in the world around us. You will learn how motor development and play is very important to help with emotional development, behaviour and memory.

We will cover –

  • The Limbic System and the important role it plays in our emotional development?
  • Learning to feel and be safe before learning can take place well enough
  • The role of the defensive reflexes in developing our ability to be safe
  • How infants handle stress
  • The importance of play for development
  • How using RMT can help people with Autism
  • How upper and lower body need to communicate well for learning
  • Possible correlations between conditions, behaviours and reflexes
  • Learn movements for the linking up of the Limbic system to help manage behaviour and emotions
  • Developing the Limbic system to feeling ‘safe, connected and belong’ in the world around us
  • How muscle tension affects learning, can ‘hold’ emotions and how to release tension
  • How can we improve the ability to manage our emotions?
  • The importance of tactile and vestibular stimulation for emotional development
  • The importance of play for development of memory and growth of neural networks
  • The Moro reflex and how it can affect one or more of the five senses.
  • How the ‘Fight / Flight’ system affects the ability to learn
  • Learn simple techniques to integrate the Moro reflex
  • Severe emotional challenges due to an un-integrated Fear Paralysis Reflex
  • Pre-birth movements to help integrate the Fear Paralysis Reflex
  • Movements for control of the Lumbar and Thoracic spine relating to emotional development
  • Attack and defence behaviour, muscle tension and the Tendon Guard reflex
  • Learn movements that relaxes muscle tension and helps reduce suppressed feelings
  • Reflexes we address: The Moro, The Fear Paralysis reflex, Tendon Guard Reflex, Babkin reflex

Pre-requisite : Level 1

Level 3

Reading and Writing

This 2 day course looks at how reading and writing can be held back by a lack of visual and motor development, our ability to recognise the sounds of language and the ability to cross the midline to help reading and writing. The change in literacy skills when the reflexes related to the Neocortex are integrated are profound. Reading and writing becomes easier and successful when the visual, auditory and vestibular senses are fully accessible and functioning properly. Many Dyslexic challenges can disappear allowing the person to excel, and this can be achieved using movement.

The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex is the most common reflex found in people with Dyslexia. This reflex should have integrated by 6 months after birth.

We will cover these areas in this level –

  • Understand the causes of reading and writing challenges
  • The various theories of the causes of Dyslexia
  • Learn rhythmic movements that can help overcome many dyslexic challenges easily
  • The Sensory and Perception process
  • The specialisation of each hemisphere
  • Ear dominance and Dyslexia
  • Speech and articulation to sound out letters and words
  • The importance of being able to cross the midline of the body and brain
  • Why the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex affects literacy by not being able to cross the midline
  • How Important the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex is to Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
  • Learn a number of techniques to help integrate the ATNR to improve reading and writing
  • Further understanding of the Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex related to vision, reading and writing
  • Visual development to help binocular and eye teaming skills
  • Visual Accommodation & Convergence
  • Challenges with Auditory processing & Phonological development affecting reading and spelling
  • The Prefrontal cortex and the Neural Networks for reading and comprehension
  • Understand the Babkin, Hand Grasp and Hands Pulling reflexes and how they relate to challenges with gross and fine motor movements affecting handwriting, articulation and feeding issues.

Pre-requisite : Level 1 and preferably Level 2

Face the Fear

The Fear Paralysis reflex and Facial Reflexes

This is a 2 day course that looks at the Fear Paralysis Reflex (FPR) in-depth and how some people with this reflex still active in their system are living in ‘survival’ mode most of the time. They don’t feel connected in the world, they find it very difficult to communicate or express themselves as they don’t feel safe enough to do so. It is a very debilitating and frustrating situation to be in. They want to, but cannot. Some people put on a ‘face’ when they leave home to help them cope in the outside world, for others that is not enough and they cannot leave their safe environment. If they do manage to leave and get into a stressful situation, they cannot cope and go into overwhelm.The world is not a safe place. The FPR is a very powerful reflex and affects a person’s life considerably.

The Fear Paralysis reflex causes freeze / paralysis / ‘shutdown’. We have no choice to move. We need to do this in certain situations but with our choice. Whereas the Moro reflex is the ‘fight or flight’ and gives the choice to stand and fight or runaway. If the FPR is un-integrated and is the dominant reflex of the two then we have no choice to be able to move. People on the ASD spectrum can have either or both of these reflexes still retained at some level.

This course addresses more of the emotional aspects as well as the physical side and uses specific techniques to help the person to feel ‘safe and connected’ through movement. The techniques make profound changes to a person’s life and allows them to live more normal lives. The course also is about Bonding and Attachment issues some people have, and helping to improve speech and articulation challenges. It is an amazing course to help those living in constant fear and overwhelm. Be prepared to observe and feel some profound changes.

The course covers:

  • In-depth understanding of the Fear Paralysis Reflex (FPR)
  • How does a person live with an active FPR?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of an FPR?
  • Understanding the emotional states that affect a child or adult with an active FPR
  • Learn a number of life changing techniques to help integrate the reflex
  • Looking at the Spinal Perez and Vollmer reflex relating to fear, anxiety and the Moro reflex
  • Learn movements to help integrate each reflex
  • Look at the Babkin and how it relates to Bonding and Attachment issues
  • How the Babkin relates to speech and articulation challenges
  • Learn movements that integrate the Babkin to overcome these challenges
  • Understand the Rooting and Suck reflexes to speech and feeding issues
  • Learn the emotional aspect of these reflexes
  • Learn movements to help integrate each
  • Looking at the Trigeminal nerve and how it affect the facial muscles, lips and tongue for speech
  • Look at the Infant plantar reflex relating to standing, walking, speech and articulation
  • Learn movements to help integrate this reflex

Pre-requisite: Level 1 and Level 2