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 .