This time in our country is unprecedented with the onset of the pandemic COVID-19. Never before have families been told to work at home, stay home, and to avoid social gatherings. In addition, it is very likely in the near future in New Zealand that our children will need to stay home from school as … [Read more...] about What to do at home with kids
Assessing Neuro Motor Readiness for Learning The joys and excitement of a child turning five is celebrated as a rite of passage. The child growing up, going to ‘big school’ and putting on their new uniform brings delight to parents and teachers. But when is a child really ready for … [Read more...] about Pushing our children to ‘learn’
Fidget spinners are currently all the rage in most households, schools and preschools in New Zealand. With some schools banning them and others embracing them what is the impact of these toys on children's learning and development? Do our children benefit from such a thing, or are they just too hard … [Read more...] about FIDGET SPINNERS: A Crazy Craze or a Teacher’s Toolbox
There are many questions running through my mind about reflexes, some of which could become areas for research. Particularly at the moment is the role of the STNR reflex. The more assessments I undertake on children the more I am seeing this reflex still fully present. Currently, I am working … [Read more...] about The STNR (Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex)
What are Primitive Reflexes? Primitive reflexes are automatic stereotyped movements directed from the brainstem. We don't think about them, we don't try to make them, they just happen. These Primitive reflexes are needed for survival and development in the early months of life. However, as we … [Read more...] about What’s the deal with reflexes?
HAPPY NEW YEAR! To get us all thinking about how the brain is impacted by the movement of the body here is a quick reference chart on some of the reflexes that impact our ability to learn. Remember Primitive reflexes aren't always the bad guys. We need them when we are young - but when we get … [Read more...] about A quick snippet . . .