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Rhythmic Movement

Rhythmic Movements are the similar to the movements that babies make as they are going through the developmental process. Movements are the basis for making connections throughout the brain and body. The baby movements assist in integrating primitive and postural reflexes. Though you might think the movements look simple, you could be surprised and how affective these movement can be.

The movements are simple, but quite profound. Children usually find the movements quite relaxing and will frequently ask to do the movements.  The movements are simple for parents to participate with the child at home.

Many of the immature behaviors that we see in school age children or even adults can be traced back to postures and unintegrated reflexes. An example might be a child who can't sit still and doesn't get seat work done.  Telling a child he has to sit still doesn't work because a spinal reflex is still active and every time the spine is touched by a chair, person, belt, the child moves.  By utilizing a variety of movements, the child can be assisted in integrating the reflex thus, improved attention and completing tasks more easily.

Carolyn taught Rhythmic movement for over 12 years.


Opportunity to learn more -

Movements that Heal – Harald Blomberg with Moira Dempsey – Bookpal Qld Australia 2011. Download Bibliograpy

Reflexes Gone Astray in Autism - Philip Teitelbaum, Osnat B. Teitelbaum, Joshua Fryman, and Ralph Maurer

Movement analysis in infancy may by useful for early diagnosis of autism - Philip Teitelbaum, Osnat B. Teitelbaum, Joshua Fryman, and Ralph Maurer

Primitive Reflexes and Their Relationship to Delayed Cortical Maturation, under connectivity and Functional Disconnection in Childhood Neurobehavioral Disorders - Robert Melillo - FNRE (2011) ISSN: 2156-941X Volume 1, Issue 2 pp. © 2011 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Retained Primitive Reflexes and ADHD in Children - Jana Konicarova and Petr Bob - Activitas Nervosa Superior 2012, 54, No. 3-4

Principles of Dissolution and Primitive Reflexes in ADHD - Jana Konicarova & Petr Bob - Activitas Nervosa Superior 2013, 55, No. 1-2

Primary reflex persistence in children with reading difficulties (dyslexia): A cross-sectional study. - McPhillips M, Jordan-Black J-A. - Neuropsychologia 2007; 45: 748-754


The effect of social disadvantage on motor development in young children: a comparative study. - McPhillips M, Jordan-Black J-A. - Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2007; 48(12): 1214-1222

The effects of the Primary Movement programme on the academic performance of children attending ordinary primary school. - Jordan-Black J-A. - Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs 2005; 5(3): 101-111


Prevalence of persistent primary reflexes and motor problems in children with reading difficulties - McPhillips M, Sheehy N. - Dyslexia 2004; 10(4): 316-338


Effects of replicating primary-reflex movements on specific reading difficulties in children. - McPhillips M, Hepper PG, Mulhern G. - Lancet 2000; 355: 537-541

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