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Tuesdays with Twomey - Navel Radiation and Catch a Brain Wave 

Liz presents navel radiation and "Catch a Brain Wave" to her students. This exercise helps children with both homolateral and contralateral movement. Homolateral movement helps children develop a sense of side (left and right seperately), and contralateral movement helps them connect left and right sides of the body. 

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The Importance of Developing the Crawling Reflex 

In response to my post on Contralateral Movements, a reader asked a question about his infant son learning to crawl. I thought I would share my response as a new post since this information is valuable to parents and anyone working with babies.

Hello Kevin,
I am very glad you read this particular post. As a personal trainer, I know you get the value of purposeful movement to achieve results. I was a fitness instructor for 20 years teaching, both in the gym and in the…Read more

Moving with my Kindies 

Well folks, I took the plunge and moved to a new school and a new grade!!! I have taught every level from grade 1 to grade 8, so I thought it was time to venture into Kindie land! I am teaching a Junior/Senior combined Kindergarten class  – and I love it! At first it was a little scary; am I going to survive those little ankle biters? Well, I am happy to announce not one little Kindie friend I teach has tried to bite my ankles! 
Both of my daughters have moved away to university, and I miss them terribly…Read more


Hi there. I’ve written separate posts about the four key developmental movement patterns (contralateralhomolateralhomologous and spinal). Now I’m going to explain how they work together to help integrate brain and body.

I hope the last blog wasn’t too technical. I find I learn better when I put concepts into analogies and then create pictures to show the concept visually. Here goes my analogy of the brain:

Imagine this is what your brain looks like, with the two hemispheres apart from each other.  (They…

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This post continues my explanation of the rationale of the movements we put into our routines.

The body goes through a series of developmental movement patterns, starting with Spinal Activation, then Homologous Movement, next Homolateral Movement, and finally Contralateral Movement. As each movement pattern emerges, the other movement pattern provides support and increases the depth of integration in the body and brain.

In previous posts I have explained the first three movement patterns (SpinalHomologo

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Featuring "brain-based" physical fitness resources used by the NYC Departments of Education and Health as a part of their cutting-edge Move-to-Improve program.



10 Best Active Products
(Institute for Childhood Resources/Dr. Toy)
100 Best Children's Products
(Stevanne Auerback, PhD./Dr.Toy)
Directors' Choice Award
(Early Childhood News) 


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