10 things we do every day:
Reflexes (6 of them:)
1–Follow the Ball
2–Squeeze the Squishy
4–Up to Crawl (Pose)
*For the nerds among us (like me) those are Tonic Labyrinthine-TLR, Palmar Grasp, Asymmetrical Tonic Neck-ATNR, Symmetrical Tonic Neck-STNR, Spinal Galant-SG, and Moro Reflexes respectively.
10-Take a walk (Optional: Bike, Run, or Swim.)
At this point you may be wondering WHY??? “Is this mom some exercise fanatic?” “She’s always loved working out, so she’s teaching her kid…right?” Hardly! Why, indeed.
Let’s take at closer look…. 1-8 The particular reflexes listed, as well as both forms of crawling, actually usher in whole entire groups of developmental clusters!! These pack a “whalup” of a punch to the nervous system and brain turning on more and more functions. 9-Squats- it’s what we have so much difficulty doing as we get old, getting up and down… and squats, as well as crawls promote deeper breathing. 10-If your child is able to walk, thank God for mobility!! and GET OUTSIDE today, tomorrow, just keep walking, every day… Go up and down hills at a park… Tether yourself to “bolters” if you need to, but get out for a walk.
I have been asked recently, “Where did you learn all this?” The truth is here, there, and everywhere. Each of the above have at least 2-3 sources recommending them over the years.
You see, I have been at this for 8 years now, looking for answers and keys to unlocking the healing process of the brain. My son’s journey has progressed from nearly catatonic to nearly running. It’s our wonderful doctor who reminds ME these days of how far we have come. To the unknowing eye, people would never guess just how deep in the brain his injury really lies because he is overcoming it.
And what do you know?? Our mini-marathoner is starting to really like exercise!
**Helping Hurt Kids is currently working on a training video to apply 1-6 as Sensory Input for all types of hurt kids, no matter what their label…ABCDEFG.