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Tuesdays with Twomey - Cat Arches for STNR and Spinal Galant Integration 

Do you have students who sit in the "w" position or have their legs tucked underneath themselves to keep their body upright? Do they have difficulty with accommodation and focusing at short and long distances (getting information from the board, back to their paper?). Join us as we show you how to do "Cat Arches" to strengthen muscle tone in the back for better posture, improved attention, and increased concentration.

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Tuesdays with Twomey - "Passive Stimulation from the Knees" & Do the Dragon Song 

"Passive Stimulation from the Knees" is a Blomberg Rhythmic Movement exercise. The goal is for person laying down to bend their knees and gently push rhythmically towards the head. In our video, the grade one and two students are placing their hands just above the knees on the thighs and pulling rhythmically. It is important this movement be done gently to not hurt the neck. The movement should see a gentle nodding of the neck tucking in. It helps to integrate spinal reflexes such as Spinal Galant and Spinal Pereze. The goal is for the individual laying down to actively push from their feet and reach with their head in a rhythmical manner. Individuals with Downs Syndrome and those with neck injuries, who do not have strong neck muscles, should NOT do this exercise. This movement stimulates the Brain Stem and Cerebellum and arouses the cortex to help with impulse control and executive functioning. Individuals with ADHD and focus challenges would benefit with this gentle stimulation.

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PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER 

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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SPINAL MOVEMENT PATTERNS 

Last time, I promised to explain developmental movement patterns. I have been studying these movement patterns for the past 10 years, with an educator by the name of Carol Ann Erickson, from Florida.

 

I cannot tell you any more until I tell you a little about Carol Ann, truly my mentor and dear friend. I would not be doing what I do today if I hadn’t met her.

Carol Ann is an Educational Kinesiologist and International Brain Gym® Instructor. She has over thirty years’ experience as a private instructor and…

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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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