The following is selection of the research and articles that support the theory and practice of our Rhythmic Movement Training International courses. If at all possible we have included a link to the specific article, however for copyright reasons this has not always been possible.
Rhythmic Movement Training Books
Beyond the Sea Squirt: A Journey with Reflexes - by Moira Dempsey - 2019 Beyond the Sea Squirt Publications Melbourne Australia
Movements that Heal – Harald Blomberg with Moira Dempsey – Bookpal Qld Australia 2011. Download Bibliograpy
Research Specifically for Rhythmic Movement Training
RMTi in the Classroom - The influences of a primitive reflex integration programme within the classroom: teacher/parent perspectives and student results - Tessa M. Grigg - 2018
Abstract and Table of Contents - Rebooting Development With A Rhythmic Motor Intervention – Mary Gazca - Unpublished Research Paper Dissertation – St Catherine’s University Minneapolis MN USA - 2012
The Voice of Parents Who Have Used Rhythmic Movement Training with Their Child - Tessa M. Grigg - 2016.
Retained Primitive Reflexes - Perceptions of Parents Who Have Used Rhythmic Movement Training With Their Children – Tessa Grigg, Wendy Fox-Turnbull and Ian Culpan – Journel of Child Healthcare - March 2018.
Articles Related to RMT
Listening, Auditory Processing, Reflex links and support with RMT - Evonne Bennell 2016.
Dyslexia, RMT and Reflexes - Moira Dempsey 2015.
Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi) works witht Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD) - Moira Dempsey 2015.
Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi) and working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Moira Dempsey.
Research about Primitive Reflexes
Primitive Reflexes and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Developmental Origins of Classroom Dysfunction - Myra Taylor, Stephen Houghton and Elaine Chapman - The University of Western Australia – International Journal of Special Education 2004, Vol 19, No1
Reflexes Gone Astray in Autism - Philip Teitelbaum, Osnat B. Teitelbaum, Joshua Fryman, and Ralph Maurer
Movement analysis in infancy may by useful for early diagnosis of autism - Philip Teitelbaum, Osnat B. Teitelbaum, Joshua Fryman, and Ralph Maurer
Primitive Reflexes and Their Relationship to Delayed Cortical Maturation, under connectivity and Functional Disconnection in Childhood Neurobehavioral Disorders - Robert Melillo - FNRE (2011) ISSN: 2156-941X Volume 1, Issue 2 pp. © 2011 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Retained Primitive Reflexes and ADHD in Children - Jana Konicarova and Petr Bob - Activitas Nervosa Superior 2012, 54, No. 3-4
Principles of Dissolution and Primitive Reflexes in ADHD - Jana Konicarova & Petr Bob - Activitas Nervosa Superior 2013, 55, No. 1-2
Persisting primitive reflexes in medication-naive girls with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorderPersisting primitive reflexes in medication-naive girls with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder - Jana Kornicarova, Petr Bob, Jiri Raboch (Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 19 September 2013)
Primary reﬂex persistence in children with reading difﬁculties (dyslexia): A cross-sectional study. - McPhillips M, Jordan-Black J-A. - Neuropsychologia 2007; 45: 748-754
The effect of social disadvantage on motor development in young children: a comparative study. - McPhillips M, Jordan-Black J-A. - Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2007; 48(12): 1214-1222
The effects of the Primary Movement programme on the academic performance of children attending ordinary primary school. - Jordan-Black J-A. - Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs 2005; 5(3): 101-111
Prevalence of persistent primary reflexes and motor problems in children with reading difficulties - McPhillips M, Sheehy N. - Dyslexia 2004; 10(4): 316-338
Effects of replicating primary-reflex movements on specific reading difficulties in children. - McPhillips M, Hepper PG, Mulhern G. - Lancet 2000; 355: 537-541
The Grasp Reflex and Moro Reflex in Infants: Hierarchy of Primitive Reflex Responses - Yasuyuki Futagi, Yasuhisa Toribe, and Yasuhiro Suzuki Department of Pediatric Neurology, Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health, 840 Murodo-cho, Izumi, Osaka 594-1101, Japan
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 4, August 2003, pp. 359–370
Motor deficits in children with autism spectrum disorder: a cross-syndrome study.Motor deficits in children with autism spectrum disorder: a cross-syndrome study. Autism research., 7 (6). pp. 664-676. McPhillips, M. and Finlay, J. and Bejerot, S. and Hanley, M. (2014)
Primitive Reflexes and Postural Reactions in the Neurodevelopmental ExaminationPrimitive Reflexes and Postural Reactions in the Neurodevelopmental Examination Dimitrios I. Zafeiriou, MD, PhD - Pediatr Neurol. 2004 Jul;31(1):1-8
Persistent Childhood Primitive Reflex Reduction Effects on Cognitive, Sensorimotor, and Academic Performance in ADHD Melillo R, Leisman G, Mualem R, Ornai A and Carmeli E (2020) - Public Health 8:431835
Persistent Childhood Primitive Reflex Reduction Effects on Cognitive, Sensorimotor, and Academic Performance in ADHD
Articles on Reflexes, Movement, Development and Language
Planned Birth Before 39 Weeks and Child Development: A Population-Based Study - Jason P. Bentley, et al published in PEDIATRICS Volume 138, number 6, December 2016
Head Lag in Infants at Risk for Autism:A Preliminary Study - Joanne Flanagan et al - The American Journal Of Occupational Therapy - September/October 2013
Motor Impairment in Sibling Pairs Concordant and Discordant for Autism Spectrum Disorders - Hilton, Claudia List et al. - Autism : the international journal of research and practice 16.4 (2012)
Moving with the Brain in Mind – Eric Jensen – Educational Leadership – November 2000
Mutism, Elective Mutism, Selective Mutism – Svea Gold - Fern Ridge Press – OR USA 2003
Behavior During the Prenatal Period: Adaptive for Development and Survival -Peter Hepper, Martin McPhillips
Babies Naturally – Bette Lamont – Seattle Washington – 2009
Baby Walkers – Australian Physiotherapy Association – Position Paper – November 2007
Associations between Media Viewing and Language Development in Children Under Age 2 Years - Frederick J Zimmerman, PhD; Dimitri A Christakis, MD MPH: Andrew N Meltzoff PhD - The Journal of Pediatrics • April 2007
Infant Reflexes and Adult Development – Sensory Integration through Movement - Eve Kodiak
Rhythm, movement, and autism: using rhythmic rehabilitation research as a model for autism - Michelle W. Hardy and A. Blythe LaGasse - Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience www.frontiersin.org March 2013 Volume 7 Article 19
A dynamic developmental theory of Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) predominantly hyperactive/impulsive and combined Subtypes - Terje Sagvolden, Espen Borgå Johansen, Heidi Aase, Vivienne Ann Russell - Behavioral and Brain Sciences (in press) © 2004 Cambridge University Press
Reversing Letters, Asymmetric Tonic Neck, Neck Retraction Reflexes and Apraxia are Predictive of Dyslexia - Hala A Shaheen
Improving fine motor skills in young children: an intervention study – Brown CG - Educational Psychology in Practice 2010; 26(3): 269-278
Neural substrates underlying fear-evoked freezing: the periaqueductal grey - cerebellar link. - Stella Koutsikou, Jonathan J. Crook, Emma V. Earl, J. Lianne Leith, Thomas C. Watson, Bridget M. Lumb, Richard Apps. The Journal of Physiology, 2014; DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2013.268714
The History of Reflexes Part 1: Saturday, December 15 2012, 12:09 PM The History of Reflexes Part 1: From Descartes to Pavlov - Clarac, F (2005) The History of Reflexes Part 1: From Descartes to Pavlov, IBRO History of Neuroscience
Articles from Dana.Org
ADHD: 10 years On – Philip Shaw Phd - Cerebrum April 2013
The Darkness Within: Individual Differences In Stress – George F Koob PhD - Cerebrum April 2015
One of A Kind: The Neurobiology of Individuality - Richard J. Davidson – Cerebrum June 2014
Play, Stress and the Learning Brain – Sam Wang PhD and Sandra Aamodt PhD – Cerebrum Sept 2012
Axons Help New Neurons Travel During Development - Kayt Sukel - August 2015
Brain in the News
The myth of the “educational” toy – Fred Barbash The Washington Post 22 December 2014
The Low down on Longhand: How writing by Hand Benefits the Brain – Ainissa Ramirez Edutopia Aug 6, 2014
Unstoppable Learning – NPR/Ted Radio Hour April 26. 2013
How the Brain Learns from Mistakes – Kayt Sukel – October 16 2012
How Children Succeed - Paul Tough – Slate September 5, 2015
Rhythm and Music Help Math Students – Sophie Bushwick – Scientific American: 60 Second Science March 27, 2012
Special Educators Borrow From Brain Studies – Nirva Shah – Education Week – January 17, 2012
Visualizing How We Read – Carl Sherman – The Dana Foundation – March 25, 2011
Rhythm, Movement and Autism - Michelle Hardy and Blythe Grasse - NCBI - March 28, 2013
Information from Edutopia
Brain Based Learning: Resource Roundup
Articles from National Scientific Council on the Developing Child – Center on the Developing Child Harvard University – www.developingchild.net
The Science of Early Childhood Development – Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2004). Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships: Working Paper No. 1.
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2011). Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control” System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function: Working Paper No. 11.
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2010). Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children’s Learning and Development: Working Paper No. 9.
Rich Experiences, Physical Activity Create Healthy Brains: An Interview with Developmental Psychologist William Greenough
Critical Periods in the Development of Fear
Information from Stephen Porges
The Polyvagal Theory for Treating Trauma - Stephen W. Porges, PhD interview with Ruth Buczynski, PhD - The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine www.nicabm.com
Beyond the Brain: How the Vagal System Holds the Secret to Treating Trauma - Stephen W. Porges, PhD interview with Ruth Buczynski, PhD - The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine www.nicabm.com 2013
Neuroception: A Subconscious System for Detecting Threats and Safety – Stephen W Porges - Zero to Three May 2004
Ayres, A.J. (1995): Sensory Integration and the Child. Western Psychological Services.USA.
Bowman, Katy (2013): Alignment Matters - Propriometrics Press USA
Doidge, Norman (2007): The Brain that Changes Itself. Scribe USA
Doidge, Norman (2015): The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries for the Frontiers or Neuroplasticity. Scribe USA
Goddard, Sally (1996): A Teacher's Window into the Child's Mind. Fern Ridge Press USA
Goddard, Sally (2002): Reflexes, Learning & Behaviour. Fern Ridge Press. USA
Goddard Blythe, Sally (2009): Attention, Balance and Coordination. Wiley-Blackwell
Goddard Blythe, Sally (2014): Neuromotor Immaturity in Children and Adults. Wiley Blackwell
Herschkowitz, Norbert and Chapman Herschkowitz, Elinore (2004): A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child's Brain and Behavior from Birth to Age 6 - Dana Books
Ratey, John J, MD (2008): Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Little Brown
Porter, Kathleen (2010): Sad Dog Happy Dog: How poor posture affects your child's health & what you can do about it - Mekevan Press
Wang, Sam and Aamodt, Sandra (2011): Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College - Bloomsbury
Paul H Lipkin (2009): Motor Development and Dysfunction – From Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics – Fourth Edition Chapter 66