Dates of Sessions: First assessment session held on 16 th August 2016 after I had completed RMT 1&2. I then saw Robert three times a week at school to do his RMT with him each morning throughout Term 3 and 4. I met with Robert and his mother on 2 nd November 2016 to chat further with her about Robert and his RMT and to show her how to do the movements.
Child’s name has been changed to protect identity
When I met Robert he was a 5 year old Reception boy and a participant in his school’s intervention group for children with gross motor challenges. This group provides balance and gross motor activities three times a week for students identified as having gross motor challenges in a Term 1 screening assessment. Robert’s parents were written to and consented to Robert taking part in RMT.
His teacher reported he was extremely challenging and very disruptive in class. He often found himself receiving consequences for his behaviour or being excluded from the class in ‘time out’ in another classroom. He slouched at the table when writing, struggled to listen or to respond appropriately with language or behaviour and struggled with his spelling and handwriting.
His mother, reported not seeing any of this “disruptive” behaviour at home, and noted he had been an only child for around 4 years and did struggle in a group setting, “he prefers one-on- one activities.” She also mentioned that he never showed fear and this disconnect he seemed to have with emotion did worry her. She did also mention that he fell and tripped often and was easily distracted and often over-active.
Have you ever known a child who has struggled with school/separation anxiety? As parents, of a child who has experienced paralyzing separation anxiety from an early age; we have sought out professional guidance and utilized numerous intervention strategies in attempt to help our child overcome this unwelcome anxiety.
There have been strategies that have helped, on some levels. Yet, none have negated our child’s fear-based anxiety response. This was, until we were blessed by a string of divine connections, which led us to Rhythmic Movement Training International, RMTi.
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I am a Brain Gym Consultant and for the past six years I have contracted to elementary schools and daycares in southern British Columbia, Canada. I was surprised and awed with the children’s acceptance of Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT). In some schools I have large case loads, limited time, and perceive a lot of children in survival mode. I find the RMT work is easy and simple to introduce to the children. I also see a dedicated willingness from the children to do the movements and an enthusiastic desire for more.
I notice the children are calmer with more organized movement patterns, emotional control and an eagerness for our time together. Three year olds are excitedly picking out their favorite movement from the Reflex card pictures, parents are seeing improvements and continuing the work at home as bedtime calmers, and educators are noticing a positive change in the children’s behaviors and organisation skills.
Keremeos BC Canada
…I have seen my son become more confident, less anxious and much happier since he began using RMT…
RMT client, England Client of Rachel Watson-RMTi Consultant (UK)
I have a young man, age 14. He is a small, petite, very dirty and always full of head lice. His mom and dad are divorcing, and they are not entirely focused on the outward expressions of distress such as his stench and filth other than him getting into trouble, doing drugs, fighting, and failing school.
This kiddo is living with dad but mom brings him to see me. We have been doing RMT and Low Energy Neurofeedback which so far has helped him progress in school, be less explosive, and no longer having suicidal ideation.
It dawned on me that mom is not having physical contact with him, and most likely dad is not either. Last session, I observed while mom did RMT on him, and then gave instructions and observed her do the isometric bonding. He started crying. Wow.
Christine Durfee LPC Child and family mental health therapist Oregon USA (May 2015)
When my 8 year old son began his RMT, he was having a very difficult year at school. He manifested the following:
Inattentiveness- easily being startled (jumpy)- poor fine and gross motor skills- lack of confidence - lack of co-ordination (clumsy)- an inability to sleep long or deeply- a dislike/fear of loud or noisy spaces- though a gentle and sensitive child he became aggressive and lashed out if someone knocked into him or shouted near him-he would be devastated if he dropped something.
His inability to be still and sleep deeply or for long periods have been present since birth. After beginning the exercises I noticed that he went to sleep more restfully and deeply. He became generally less anxious and more tolerant of noises and disorder in the environment around him…
…his fine motor skills improved so did his balance, left and right orientation and special awareness…
…It has significantly improved not just what my son is able to achieve but how he feels about himself. It has made his everyday life easier and happier and has widened his abilities and altered his perception of himself.
Academically his progress is significant….
RMT client, England (Client of Rachel Watson-RMT Provider (UK)
"RMT is the most effective tool for improving sensory integration that I've used during my 15 years of practice as a pediatric occupational therapist. Improvements in emotional regulation & motor coordination are noticeable after only 5 minutes of RMT in majority of the clients I treat. RMT is also the only sensory integration intervention I've used that immediately helps with sleep issues."
Lynda Steed, OTR/L
"I'm so thankful there are people like Clare in the world who have sought answers for our children where few dare to look. I deliberated for a year or so about whether my nearly 5 year old's emotional and social development was normal or whether I should have her assessed by someone. She flew under the 'shy' radar at kindy. I took her to a Foundational Skills Screening with Clare and discovered she had a cluster of retained primitive reflexes that were likely the underlying cause of her challenges. We began implementing a program of Rhythmic Movement Training and sensory play in conjunction with chiropractic care. At a remarkable pace, my little girl moved from a world of anxiety, fatigue, meltdowns and overwhelm to a much sunnier disposition of playfulness, inquisitive exploration and moments of pure uninhibited joy. She can now enjoy her childhood".
Amanda Jones – Adelaide SA Australia Client of Clare Crew RMTi Provider South Australia