We’ve been on a great roll these past few weeks on neurodevelopmental movements, thanks to our amazing friend and expert Sonia Story. Interviewing her about neurodevelopmental movements and primitive reflexes has been such a pleasure. Stay tuned this week as we share her knowledge with you all.
So, what have we learned? Since I’m a fan of lists (as you already know, if you’ve been following my blog!), let’s list five things, shall we?
1. Neurodevelopmental movements are an amazing solution to helping babies, children and adults integrate their primitive reflexes. And, it is imperative to integrate PR, because research shows that it is often the cause of many developmental and learning disabilities such as ADHD, ADD, autism, sensory disorders and more.
2. Neurodevelopmental movements help develop the brain, sensory, nervous and motor systems. Even if your primitive reflexes are integrated, they are useful because they can help the brain grow and function to its full potential.
3. Neurodevelopmental movements mimic what babies do in the womb and infancy. They stimulate the brain, and literally rewire the brain to create new nerve connections and make more efficient pathways.
4. Neurodevelopmental movements can be very calming for infants and children. If there are gaps in the neuro-sensory-motor foundation due to trauma or injuries, neurodevelopmental movements can bridge these gaps. These movement calm the nervous system with sensory integration, developing vision, hearing, balance and touch. Plus, motor skills like proper head control, muscle tone, stamina, strength and posture all benefit from neurodevelopmental movements.
5. Neurodevelopmental movements can help the child hone his or her higher level skills such as language development, social interaction and learning. So many of these skills depend on how neural pathways in the brain developed during infancy. If they didn’t develop to its full potential, neurodevelopmental movements can give the child a second chance.