I just wanted to thank you for your efforts in this area and give you some feedback on how it has helped our family. We started movements on our son and daughter as soon as I returned home to California. They love it and ask for it almost every day. We are already starting to see some results in our son who was brain damaged as an infant. His memory and his confidence is increasing and the movements have a calming effect on him not to mention they both love playing on the floor with me and watching me do my movements. His teacher has noticed a change in him also and she is very interested in the rhythmic movements, so who knows how many people will be helped as a result of one conference.
Fallbrook, CA, USA
My daughter, Charlotte, has a genetic disorder called Insertion/ Deletion/Inversion of Chromosome 8. This condition results in global developmental delays. She has worked with multiple therapists since she was 18 months old and continues to work with the therapists at her school.
Charlotte's progress has always fluctuated. It will spike and she will have a rapid increase across the board and then we will see little or no progress for what seems to be a long time.
Since she's been going to ECC and working with the various therapists and teachers there, I have not only seen a huge change in the speed at which she is progressing but also more consistency with her pattern of development. I think there are many factors that contribute to this, but the work she has done with the PT at her school has given her, what I believe, is a solid and effective base for her growth and progress.
In the nine or so months Charlotte has been subjected to the rhythmic movement exercises I have seen a steady increase across the board with her development, but specifically mainly her speech, physical coordination and activity level have increased dramatically. She is speaking her mind more, making choices without being prompted, and much more physically active then she was a year ago. (Much more climbing and running and jumping is happening now.)
We have implemented some of the movements into our daily routine at home and the immediate effects I see are that she is more alert, focused and aware of her surroundings (she tends to be a bit clumsy).
When Charlotte was a baby she was very content with being still. Any physical task that was at all laboring she would avoid and it was very difficult to get her moving. Because the movements are mimicking the movements of babies to stimulate brain growth, I think Charlotte missed out on this natural part of how children develop. Coming back to basics with such primitive yet necessary simulating movements has really worked wonders for Charlotte. She has responded so well to this type of treatment, much better, in my opinion, than the standard practices most therapists use. (This is based on our experience with some very talented therapists through the Early Intervention program.)
I am very pleased with Charlotte's overall progress this school year and will continue to do the rhythmic exercises with her as long as I feel they are beneficial to her growth and development. I truly believe these rhythmic movements help tremendously in multiple areas Charlotte struggles with and I could not be happier with how far she has come since practicing them.
Maggie Fleming - IL USA - June 2015
In 2014 I worked over a 9 month period with a young girl who was referred to me by her primary school, where I had done some training sessions for parents on the importance of movement for brain development and learning.
Olivia (not her real name) had developmental delay, with a maturity level much less than her chrono
logical age. In class, she was unable to concentrate and had few friends. Here learning was also well below average for her age. She had a very ungainly walk, a slumped posture and looked as if she would fall over very easily. She could not walk up or down stairs unaided and her vestibular system was severely challenged. She had a number of retained reflexes and very low muscle tone.
The model the school and I chose to use was that I was to see Olivia every month, assess her progress and teach her learning support assistant movements that she would do with Olivia on a daily basis. This worked very well and I was amazed by the improvement in Olivia in just 3 months.
We started with just 2 passive movements and hand and foot massage. Progress was evident after just one session, and both the school and her parents were very pleased with this. Her father reported that Olivia was much stronger and had more focus. Her class teacher said that Olivia was engaging more in lessons and was much more sociable with her classmates.
By the fourth session, Olivia’s posture and balance were good, and so improved that her teacher said she actually looked taller! Her parents reported that she was much calmer at home and that her muscle tone has definitely improved, enabling her to take part in more activities with her siblings. She was more confident with her language and chatted happily to me and her learning support assistant, engaging us in imaginative stories. In class she is much calmer, more focused and thus more engaged with her learning.
Olivia continued to improve and on the basis of her progress the school now regularly ask me to work with children that they are concerned about.
Janice Graham (RMTi Instructor – UK)