Do you recognise
Easily distracted / Fidgeting / Can't Sit Still
Does your child find it hard to concentrate on their work? Do they feel like walking around the classroom, visiting the toilet a lot or sharpening their pencils to a point on both ends! When you ask them a question do they get distracted by a car outside or something on the TV and then say “What?” it can be very frustrating for parents but there is a reason why this happens. There may be the equivalent of a 5 lane motorway in their heads; with traffic all going in different directions. This makes it impossible to hold on to and process what is going on around them and what is being asked of them. The programme plus the 12 months of support helps parents and participants to better understand the causes of these traits whilst eliminating them over time.
Reading / Spelling / Handwriting
Is your child a slow, hesitant reader? Do they recognise words like ‘got’ at the top of the page but get stuck on the same word a few lines later? Do they spend all week memorising their spellings for the Friday test, but forget them the next day? When writing, do they forget to leave spaces between words, squeeze words in at the end of the line and write different sized letters?
These traits, and many more, are all linked, in part, to a weakness in the muscles around the eyes. The programme exercises work to correct this weakness. The result is a dramatic improvement in these and other areas.
Can’t get to sleep
Does your child ask for a drink of water at bedtime, then want to talk about their day or announce that they need a costume for book day TOMORROW!!! These are simply avoidance tactics because they know their head is in a spin and they won’t be able to fall over to sleep. We can help… most people, young and not so old notice an improvement in their ability to get to sleep within the first 3 months.
Speech & language difficulties
Does your chid have difficulty pronouncing some words; or do they know what they want to say, but they can’t get the words out? Our brains need to communicate efficiently with every muscle in the body and the tongue is a muscle. Our exercises strengthen that connection enabling a fluent flow of speech and better formation of words.
Frustration / Anxiety / Aggressive behaviour
Does your child over-react or perhaps have a meltdown over the slightest thing? When a child is continually in fight or flight it doesn’t take much to make them over-react. The exercises relax the body in order to calm the mind. Most parents report that meltdowns have ceased within 4 months.
Balance / Co-ordination
“If your body is not in balance then the mind will not process information effectively.” This statement was the starting point for Frank Belgau. It was stated by a NASA scientist in the 1960’s in relation to NASA’s research at the time into weightless flight and the role of our vestibular sense (our sense of balance). For the next 40 years Frank worked with balance boards and various apparatus to create this balance and co-ordination training programme His work and the subsequent insights of Susan Steele over the last 12 years has produced a complete programme that develops both sides of the body to work in harmony enabling both sides of the brain to process information effectively and accurately.
Sensory Processing - Hearing
If our auditory system is receiving mixed signals from each ear then the brain cannot process what is being said quickly and efficiently. Many people comment that they hear the first bit of an instruction but miss the middle bit. For example: When you ask them to go upstairs and get their shoes, they go upstairs but shout down “What am I up here for!”.
Do you have to say to your child, “Look at me when I’m talking to you!!!”? It can be very difficult for them to do this as you are asking them to look (visual sense) and listen (auditory sense) at the same time. If these two senses are not communicating efficiently then it is almost impossible to look at someone and understand what they are saying.
Many individuals also experience discomfort when they hear loud noises such as hand dryers or when they walk into a crowd of people. The frequency of their hearing may be set to high making them over sensitive to noise. Amazingly the sound of a bean bag landing in the hand in timing and rhythm regulates the auditory system to eliminate the problem.
Sensory Processing - Taste / Texture / Smell
When the senses of taste and smell are not communicating correctly an individual can be oversensitive causing them to be a ‘fussy eater’. My own son stated that stew smelt like a farmyard! Many people play it safe with bland food without sauce and possible have everything separated on their plate. By developing the links between the taste and smell sensors the correct signals are sent to the brain meaning that, like my son, he became a chef and was able to sample every type of food.
Sensory Processing - Touch
Does your child tell you that jeans are uncomfortable or do you have to cut off all labels? Is there a battle over which socks or pants they will wear etc? if this is the case, you may also notice that they have a high pain threshold when they run into something or fall and yet over-react at the lightest touch? Do you hear yourself saying, “I hardly touched you” as they howl?
This reaction is due to two of the sensors in the skin being switched the wrong way around. So the deep impact pain signal is sent to the brain when you lightly brush against them and a light touch signal is sent when they fall or bang into something…
…The sense of touch is our sense of feeling and is directly linked to our emotions. Therefore, if the skin sensors are round the wrong way then the emotion are round the wrong way too – please refer to the section on empathy below.
Lack of empathy
As previously stated; our sense of touch/feel is directly linked to our emotions. If these are switched the wrong way an individual may over-react over the little things in life and not react at all to the big events. They may feel that they should be sad over the death of a relative but not actually be able to feel a deep emotion.
Alternatively, they may be over empathetic and get very upset over everything.
Neither state of mind is easy to negotiate but by regulating the sensors in the physical skin, through the various elements of the exercises the emotional state ‘normalises’ to make reading life situations easier.
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