IMAGINE you are a bright kindergarten boy whose ears fill with pain whenever the school fire alarm rings. While the other children line up to leave the room all you can do is hide in the corner with your hands over your ears.
IMAGINE you are a 10-year-old girl who is friendly and has a wonderful imagination, but cannot kick a soccer ball, learn the steps in dance class, or ride a bike.
IMAGINE you are an adult who has become socially isolated because the slightest touch feels threatening and the smells and sounds of restaurants, malls, and movie theaters are intolerable.
IMAGINE you are a parent of a young child who struggles with sleeping and eating, and is irritable much of the day. You hope its is just a stage, but each day becomes a difficult trial.
IMAGINE an individual who otherwise typically functions well, who is not able to easily process information from their senses (touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, and movement), resulting in delays in motor skills and problems with self-regulation, attention, and behavior.
Often these conditions are seen in individuals who are diagnosed with autism, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and other neurological conditions. Therapists specializing in sensory integration are able to identify and treat these conditions. Through therapy, children, adolescents and adults can master skills, develop self-confidence, and find increased ease and comfort in their daily lives.
We are born with primitive reflexes (such as the Rooting reflex, the Moro or Startle reflex) that help us survive in the early stages of life. Normally, over time, reflexes are “integrated” or fade away into the background of one’s movement repertoire. Unfortunately, in today’s world, this step of integration is not occurring in increasing numbers and this brings challenges to motor coordination, mental abilities and social development. Oftentimes, this is referred to as a Sensory Processing Disorder. To read more about Sensory Processing Disorder, click here. To read more about integration of reflexes click here.
We will learn to recognize the normal progression of reflex integration, how to support this process and what to do if it is not occurring, including interventions that everyone can incorporate into daily activities.
- Reflex integration for acquisition of developmental movement patterns
- Reduced defensiveness with improved sensory processing and modulation
- Strengthening of caregiver bonding, attachment and communication skills
- Improved body image and alignment
- Recovery from physical injury and pain
- Release of emotional trauma symptoms
- Support for life transitions and relationships
- Freedom for artistic and creative expression
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