1) I have had stunning results with ATNR this week with some of my regular customers, amazing calming softening changes in super-hyper children (7-12 yrs) with the gentle activations. Mothers are speechless at the relaxation that has descended - and we've seen good shifts before -........ I'm really, really surprised......and delighted of course. Wonderful start to their holidays.
2) I saw a wonderful thing happen with the passive feet movements this week with a 12yr old nonverbal autistic boy.... his mouth is always very 'tight', top teeth often over bottom lip, lips 'thin' and taut, tucked in almost, and he doesn't use his tongue for eating yet, so that's been a goal for this term's work. i started using the movements with him after the gathering; this week as soon as we got together he lay flat on the floor "ready'(when we first started he didn't even feel safe enough to lie down, so we used to work from a sitting position). As i started with his feet and ankles, he smiled - which has never happened before, then his lips went all 'floppy' and he moved them round and round as his head moved, as if he were licking them but without the tongue, and then, and this blew me out, this boy who has a blunt guttural type voice when he does attempt to speak - sang!! (Usually I just hum or sing little rhymes as we do it, I'm no singer but the kids don't care) - only brief but it was a sweet voice!! So -go the Rhythmic Movements!
Gympie, Qld, Australia
These are the changes I have found in my son Jack since starting to use Rhythmic Movements with him. At the present time Jack has now achieved pretend play, can tell me how he feels, can play with other children without hurting them, has stopped grinding his teeth, sucking his shirt and chewing bottle caps, and no longer wets the bed. His fine motor skills (i.e. handwriting) have improved amazingly and continue to improve week by week even though we have completed the specific RMT for Babkin/palmomental some weeks ago. Jack is mostly relaxed and enjoying his home-schooling.
Last year, when I removed him from school at midyear he knew 20 sounds (which was 2 more than he knew at the start of the school year!) and could spell 3 words. A very stressed little boy. By the end of the year he was just starting to read a bit and had about 40 small sight words. Still no spelling. This year we have just completed two thirds of the year one curriculum in the last 10 weeks. We are still having a problem with auditory processing with discriminating some sounds and short term memory sequencing with some sounds. All in all I am rather chuffed.
For Jack, one of the most valuable skills you taught me was the Facial Reflexes Massage. It changes the shape of his face, among other things! This week was the first time it did not put him into a deep sleep.
Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia