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Tuesdays with Twomey - Babkin Reflex, Rocking on Hands and Knees 

Do your children have any of the following challenges: poor motor control of hands; low muscle tone in the hands; over flexible fingers; tying shoelaces or doing up buttons is a challenge; poor printing or handwriting; challenges with speech and articulation? If you said YES to any of these challenges, here is a fun 7-minute video from students in a grade 1 and 2 class to show you fun ways to help integrate the Babkin Reflex. This episode shows the exercise: "Rocking on Hands and Knees." 

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Tuesdays With Twomey - Eye Accommodation 

Today we are going to show you a fun way to strengthen the eyes for reading. All you need is a string about 5-6 feet long with 4-5 beads. Have the first bead about 12 inches or 30 cm from the child's nose as this is the normal reading distance. Encourage the students to look at the beads at different distances to encourage the eyes to work together at near and far distances.

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Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR): Games to help develop a sense of balance and stimulate the vestibular system 

Hello friends, 
I have to apologize for taking so long to post a blog. I have been very busy in recent weeks preparing for and presenting the following courses: 
1. Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Intro & Developmental Movement Patterns 

The workshop examined students in our classrooms who may have one or more of these developmental issues: 

  • ADD/ ADHD                                    
  • Behavior challenges 
  • Self-regulation issues                    
  • Language delays 
  • Sensory integration…

Crawling is a critical childhood developmental milestone! 

From my personal experience working with school age children, I have noticed there is a definite correlation between children who never crawled, crawled for a very short time, or crawled with a compensation (such as dragging one leg, pushing from only one side, army crawled, slithering on their stomach, bottom shuffling instead of crawling (just to name a few), and children who have academic and movement challenges.
Crawling links up the connections between the right and left hemisphere. This is absolutely…Read more

Developmental Movement -- Head start for baby/toddler: Part 2 

Hi! We're so excited to bring you another educational video to teach you some fun movements you can do with a baby or young toddler.

It's so important to spend time integrating all the developmental movement patterns that I've written about in our earlier posts. We wanted to put together this educational video for you to see what is possible. Throughout the video you will see labels telling you what type of developmental movement is being demonstrated.

If you like the song ("It's Been A Really Good Day"), you…Read more

Developmental Movement -- Head start for baby/toddler: Part 1 

We put this video together to show how to do developmental movements with a baby or toddler. 

In my previous posts, I've explained each of the developmental movements. This song ("I Can Care") pulls them all together for you to do with a baby. You will see me working with parents and their children and making sure the movements are done correctly. I also offer additional tips about child development.

Enjoy the educational video, and if you like the song, you can download the audio track (or full album) from…Read more

Literacy and Pencil Grip 

All Primary/ECE teachers need to know what I’ll be sharing here. And with regard to movement, please read to the end, where I promise you’ll find an important connection with my usual focus on music and movement. 

I was fortunate recently to attend three amazing workshops focusing on literacy and child development at the “For the Love of Literacy Conference” in Burlington, Ontario. The one I want to talk about right now was called, “Are They Ready to Write,” presented by two Occupational Therapists: Jennifer…Read more

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

Strategies for dealing with mental health issues in the classroom: Part 2 

In my previous blog, I discussed the effects of anxiety on our students. We know that stress affects the brain. In the article, 
Effect of Stress on the Brain , the writers suggest,
 “Stress is rooted in basic survival instincts known as the "fight or flight" response, which triggers chemicals in the brain and body designed to help us manage a threatening situation.”
This “fight or flight” response occurs in the Brain Stem. When RONNO and I design our songs, we purposefully create movements to stimulate the…Read more


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