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Tuesdays with Twomey - Babkin Games and Isometrics 

Join us for some fun activities you can do at home or in your classroom to help strengthen the hand, improve muscle tone and integrate the Babkin Reflex. These movements will help improve motor control of the hand; make it easier to do up buttons and tie shoelaces; relax tension in the jaw and improve printing and fine motor skills. 

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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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Tuesdays with Twomey - Brain Gym for Math 

The following Brain Gym movements help activate the brain so the learner can access internalized math concepts about space, quantities and relationships. The Calf Pump and the Gravity Glider activate the brain for back-front brain integration and increased visual attention. The Elephant activates long and short term memory and crosses the auditory midline (including skills of attention, recognition, perception, and memory).

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Tuesdays with Twomey - Flying Airplane with Partners 

Liz's class demonstrates a great game for self-regulation. Children lie on their stomach and extend their arms and legs and pretend to fly with a partner. They also show how to use a pipe cleaner and feather, and a windmill toy as a fun game to play with students. The purpose of these activities is to help integrate the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) and the Landau Reflex. Both of these reflexes are linked to the vestibular system to help develop a sense of balance. These games also help to increase muscle tone in the back and neck.

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Tuesdays with Twomey - Calendar 

We wanted to show the mathematical value of still doing calendar each day. There are some who believe calendar is a waste of time. For Liz and her class, it is building basic math skills that help give the student some prior knowledge so when she teaches the concept later, they already having been building their understanding of the concept.

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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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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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