Handwriting and composing writing

Difficulty with writing can have an impact on self-esteem, anxiety, behaviour and all aspects of the curriculum. It can relate solely to the physical act of handwriting, but frequently also involves composing the content, structuring the logical progression of ideas and just getting started! Resistance to writing has a tendency to turn into a behaviour …

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Hyperactivity / difficulty being still

Many children that have developmental issues have difficulty being still. This can range from constant fidgeting and changing position to highly repetitive behaviours that go on all day. Or maybe into the night. It can be exhausting for you! The more severe cases are often labelled as hyperactive. If you are concerned about your child’s …

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Immaturity

The persistence of primitive infant reflexes creates a level of immaturity of the brain. So, it’s not surprising that a child with these reflexes persisting shows immature behaviours. Such as, resistance to self help activities, dressing, taking responsibility, play choices and more. Some children use “baby talk”, or show an over-dependence on adults and other …

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Low muscle tone

Low muscle tone is a feature relating to certain persisting infant reflexes. It can cause delays in motor development in a baby such as delays in rolling. sitting and walking. In older children it appears to be muscle weakness and can show as poor posture, wanting to lie down, lean and physically rest. It interferes …

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Meltdowns

If your child has frequent meltdowns, especially if they are unpredictable and frequent, the whole family will be affected. In severe cases they limit where the family can go and what they can do. In school, they are difficult to manage. We find that working on the underlying problems initially helps meltdowns reduce in frequency …

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Reading

We all know that reading is a vital part of a child’s education. Slipping steadily behind their peers must be a daunting experience. Every child will respond differently. None will be happy about it. I am often told that, as a parent, you want your child to catch up and enjoy all that reading can …

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Self esteem

Self esteem helps us to achieve, make friends and be happy. Few children who have persisting primitive infant reflexes have high self esteem. This can be an additional problem to add to the reflex issues. As children become more aware of their problems, self esteem starts to slide away. It is best to work on …

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Sensory

The central nervous system (CNS) is the brain and spinal cord. This is connected throughout the body via nerves to muscles, internal organs and sensory organs. Sensory issues are many and varied. Senses not only include vision, hearing , touch,  smell, taste. They also include sensory-motor processes affecting body position in response to gravity and …

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Sleeping problems

We understand that a child who wakes parents and siblings on a regular basis is not easy to live with! You will all suffer from the affects of sleep deprivation. We all know that tempers are frayed when we are sleep deprived. This state of mind become a permanent situation if lack of sleep is …

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Slow Processing Speed

Slow processing means that it takes a child longer to process information, instructions, make decisions and more. Everything in the child’s day becomes a challenge that can become overwhelming. In school they can lose the thread of a lesson, become discouraged and give up. Who can blame them! They can be bright and intelligent but …

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Spatial Awareness

  Does your child often walk into things, bump into people or objects in the street or knock over drinks by accident? This relates to issues with spatial awareness. They may have either a poor concept of their position in space, or the limits of personal space. Their tendency may be to approach people too …

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