5 tips on how to improve hand-eye coordination and improve your reading and writing .

5 tips on how to improve hand-eye coordination and improve your reading and writing .

When our son started school at the age of 5 and could not form any letters , I had bought a variety of  programs which intended to help him to trace and track the letters  but it didn’t help .

I have listed  how we overcame this disability and learnt to write . Now his hand writing is clear and legible .

1.  Primitive reflexes :  We all have active neurological reflexes present in our central nervous system , those enable us to function as we do in a day to day life . We  are born ,with a number of primitive reflexes, and those facilitate our development in the womb and make it possible for us to undergo the natural birthing process as well as stimulating  our natural development during our early life .  They are tested at birth , and when present , indicate   that the neurological development in the womb is as it should be .  After that, they hang around until we reach certain developmental milestones , such as smiling for the first time or taking the first step, and are able to to perform normal infantile movements in the correct manner . Once we reach that stage , they have no further play in our life and our brains inhibits or removes them from our central nervous system .   As the primitive reflexes are inhibited or removed , they are replaced  by postural neurological reflexes, which remain active in our central nervous system for the rest of our lives, ensuring that we can undertake normal daily movement patterns.  BUT when these primitive reflexes stay from some reason or other in our central nervous system they are a BARRIER TO NORMAL DEVELOPMENT. some of the symptoms include : *Difficulty with visual tracking and crossing the midline.

  • Difficulty with reading and following a line of text.  easily losing their place when reading.
  • Difficulty reading small print.
  • Double vision.
  • poor listening skills.
  • poor handwriting and difficulty coping written script.
  • difficulty with spelling.
  • poor hand eye coordination.
  • impulsive and emotionally immature for their age.

For more information on the primitive reflexes please refer the chapter under the same name in my book.    

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Activities for crossing the midline :

3. Throwing and catching balls , hitting balls  and jumping.    The jumping movement is good for the child’s brain because , like all movement , it provides a lot of stimulus to the vestibular system , which then sends impulses to the cerebrum, thereby helping to develop the neural pathways and rewire the brain . Research shows that brain functions such as reading, comprehension , memory and the ability to evaluate and do mathematics are deeply affected by activities that stress balance, efficiency and spatial awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. play dough:

5. Therapeutic listening : In short , it’s an approach that recognizes that listening goes well beyond the ears and is a function of the brain . The way we listen affects the way we behave, and so to that end , therapeutic listening uses sound training together with sensory integrative techniques that don’t just stimulate the auditory system but also help rewire those parts of the brain that enable us to hear .  What’s more, it can help people who exhibit a myriad of behavior types .

Peaceful Parenting

A family member told me recently:  “I would rather read the Metro than reading your book”

The  first day I cried,  the second day I reflected and the third I laughed so loud thinking who cares… 

Is your parenting criticized by friends and family ?

How do you cope with constant looks from neighbors when your child has a meltdown?

What do you say to your family members when they tell you to be tougher with your kids?

How do you negotiate effectively with your child?

 

You probably heard similar sentences  before…..

‘One slap and you will teach him a lesson’

If you were my child I would give you for adoption’

‘Why don’t you just ignore him and let him come back to his senses.’

 

You are the parent, you know your child best  and NO this is not going to work because violence doesn’t get resolved with more violence and punishment will just send the wrong message and will alienate you from your child.

Empathy and reflection when done calmly might go against your instant instincts or against the way you were brought up as a child but I believe this is the way to go.

As a parent your ‘job’  is to help listen and emphasize with your child’s frustration, reflect and let your child understand how to correct his or her behavior in a peaceful manner

As a result your child understands that you understand their frustration and their feelings and that you will do so in the future with unconditioned love and support when your child needs you the most.

Listen to my podcast with Dr. Laura Markham

Your initial respond to a shrinking scream would be to shout back at your child or raise your voice,  it isn’t  natural for a parent to think about calming and soothing your child first when your child is aggressive towards you however.  it is an opportunity to get closer to your child and understand that the behavior is a reflection of their feelings and their build up frustration.

Sometimes is the lack of words to express themselves or the ability to moderate and calm down, then breathing is the key to regulate your child.

There is always a trigger, a child doesn’t just ‘go mad’ out of the blue- Go and find out why and don’t ignore the child feelings, time in this case will not solve it.

By reflecting and having a discussion about your child feelings we understand the child and strengthen the relationship for years to come.

 

The strength is within you to find the right balance and build the relationship with your children the way you want it to be.

Parents of ‘differently wired children’ get often misjudged or criticized by other parents who don’t understand your parenting style or your actions.

Listen to your inner voice to guide you in your relationship with your children and  base it on empathy unconditional love rather than violence  punishments and bribe.

I told my brother that it is entirely his choice to read the Metro. many parents (including those who needs it the most) will not try  it but those who who will follow peaceful parenting principles are promised to see results.

 

5 tips to help Anxiety Naturally

5 tips to help Anxiety Naturally

  Craniosacral therapy

Craniosacral therapy : is a gentle way of working with the body using a gentle touch . It is an effective way to help with anxiety and stress.

2. Epsom Salt : Having a bath in Epsom salt helps relieve stress as it helps the body produce serotonin.

Many kids on the Autistic Spectrum are low in the magnesium levels . When salt is dissolved in the warm water the magnesium is absorbed through the skin to help restore magnesium levels in the body which helps promote feeling of calm and relaxation .

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Essential Oils : Have relaxing effects on many patients .

 

 

 

 The use of Lavender has proven to reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep and brain function .

 

4. Meditation -Meditative practice has been used since ancient times to improve health and well being . Guided meditation for kids is a wonderful tool to reduce stress and anxiety as it guides us on how to deal with anxiety feelings and how can the change of mindset also affect the mood and the way we think. How to make the shift from a child who is not regulated and feeling upset into a positive and calm mindset. Introducing breathing techniques….

 

Listen to my podcast with Cory Cochiolo

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5. Exercise : Daily exercise , daily stretches . Experts say physical activity allows children to have a better outlook on life by building confidence, managing anxiety and depression, and increasing self-esteem and cognitive skills.

6. Omega 3 fatty acids : Research has shown that Omega 3 can reduce anxiety. By using Omega-3 brain function had improved including memory Omega 3 is helps with vision development as well.

The best food sources of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are fish high in both DHA and EPA such as sardines, herring, salmon and tuna. Wild-caught varieties usually are better than “farmed” fish, If you aren’t a fish lover then you could take fish oil supplements containing Omega 3.

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5 tips to help with Sensory Processing difficulties

5 tips to help with Sensory Processing difficulties

 

 

 When it comes to sensory challenges there are few ideas that help parents to understand their child better and engage in a fun activity that let the child express their feeling and feel in control of the situation.

Here are some ideas from my latest chat with Lindsey Biel,   

  1. Tactile – de-sensitization : play dough and give the child a cookie cutter , any tool and slowly introduce the touch feeling, Or when using finger paint use a glove , brush and work towards sense of control.
  2. Auditory : use sound reducing ear-muffs which should be available for the difficult noisy experiences.                          In addition implement therapeutic listening -an approach that recognizes that listening goes well beyond the ears and is a function of the brain .
  3. Smell – throw out the house hold garbage on a daily basis.
  4. Vestibular system : Make sure to create opportunities to move at times that are appropriate , like jumping on the trampoline 20 minutes prior to dinner ,so that at dinner time the child won’t have the need to jump around.
  5. proprioceptive input : Have your child help you take out the washing from the washing machine or push the grocery cart at the shop.

Listen to my chat with Lindsey Biel to learn more 

How to help kids with ADHD ?

How to help kids with ADHD ?

Learn about the ‘Brain- Gut’ connection and how can you help your child on to overcome challenges.

Listen to my chat with Jennifer Kozek the author of the book “Healing without Hurting” to learn how and what can you do right now to make the change possible.

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