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Research Proves that Imitating Reflex Movements Improves Reading Skills

Posted on March 24, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)
This article supports our findings that replicating primary reflex movements improves reading ability. In our Focus classes (FIT Classes) for children with challenges with attention, focus, reading skills, coordination, and other academic challenges, we encorporate reflex movements into every class. Children are assessed at the beginning and end of every season to monitor progress. In many of our seasons, we've had 100% of our students demonstrate improved reading skills at the end of the season... Read Full Post »


Posted on April 29, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Check out the research article below that explains how using Bal-A-Vis-X has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD, leading to improved attention and working memory. We are seeing the same results in our clinic with the use of Bal-A-Vis-X (Balance Auditory Vision Integration Exercises). Bal-A-Vis-X is just one of the many brain building exercises that we use in our therapy sessions, as well as in our F-I-T classes, which are designed to improve attention, focus, and other skills needed t... Read Full Post »


Posted on April 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Our therapists specialize in MNRI, or The Masgutova Method, because of it's profound effectiveness with children with a wide range of challenges. Check out this research article below. After working with over 600 children with autism, it concludes that MNRI intervention improves coordination, balance, sensory integration and behavior control in children with autism. It concludes that ALL children with autism can benefit from this intervention. As the owner of Pediatric Therapy Solutions, I ha... Read Full Post »


Posted on April 9, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (1)

WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY? Many people are unsure of the exact definition of occupational therapy and are even more uncertain of how they could benefit from it. Simply put, occupational therapy helps people to get back to their jobs (or occupations) of life. Occupational therapists can work with people of all ages, but a pediatric occupational therapist helps children develop the skills that they need to grow into functional, independent adults. This can get confusing to underst...

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Underlying Cause of Poor School Performance

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

One reflex that is commonly an underlying factor in poor school performance is the Asymetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, or ATNR. This reflex is present when babies look to one side and the arm and leg on the side that he or she is looking extends, while the limbs on the opposite side of the body flex, or bend. This reflex must integrate, or no longer appear, by approximately 5 months of age so that the infant can roll from the back to stomach, and later to be able...

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Improving Reading Skills

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the interventions that we use, called Bal-a-Vis-X,  uses balls, sand bags, and balance boards to combine balance, auditory, and visual components to facilitate improved attention and focus as well as reading skills. The developers of this intervention had their students read prior to and following a session of exercises. They found that their students were consistently reading faster, and with improved accuracy and fluency following the Bal-a-Vis-X intervention than before in...

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Anxiety and Meltdowns

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Children who struggle with anxiety and nervousness, or those who have frequent meltdowns past the age of 2 may have a hyperactive startle reflex, or fear paralysis reflex. This reflex is hyperactive when a person consistently overreacts (jumps, rapid blinking, fast breathing and heartbeat) to an auditory stimulus such as a tap on a table. By using therapeutic techniques to integrate this reflex, our patients experience a decline in anxiety and become more relaxed, confident, and better e...

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Social Skills and Hand Supporting Reflex

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Children who have poorly defined pesonal space and challenges with social skills often have an unintegrated Hands Supporting Reflex. This reflex presents itself when we automatically extend our arms to catch ourselves when we fall or extend our arms in front of our face when a ball or other object is thrown at us. It's primary purpose is for protection and survival- to protect our brain and vital organs from injury. It also has implecations for knowledge of personal space. The length of our a...

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Reflexes and School Performance

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

What do reflexes have to do with a child's school performance? Children who are having challenges with school performance including an inability to sit still or pay attention, poor reading comprehension, or illegilbe handwriting may have retained, or non integrated primitive reflexes that can be an underlying cause of their challenges. All of our therapists have extensive training in not only identifying the underlying neurological root of a child's challenges, but also with implementing...

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