The following movements are essential to help grow neural connection within the brain and enhance communication in the corpus callosum (superhighway between right & left hemispheres). Make sure you are getting in a few of these movements on a daily basis with your child.
1) Floor Movements: get on the floor with your child! Think log rolls, army crawl, regular crawling, and rolling like a ball. Even playful wrestling is considered floor play. Its good for adults too! Floor work gets your child moving in all sorts of directions increasing functional strength, vestibular integration, and integration of reflexes.
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2) Prone Movements: Move the play down to your belly. Lie across from your child and pass a ball back and forth, read a book, or complete a puzzle. All the work against gravity helps to integrate reflexes, stimulates the vestibular systems integration, and increases strength in the postural muscles of the back & neck.
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3) Cross-Body Movements: Creating stronger connections in the corpus callosum is essential for balancing the brain and bi-lateral integration. Working any movements that connect or engage both sides of the body at the same time send signals to both hemispheres. Movements like the cross-crawl, supine dead bug, and all 4’s bird dog are perfect for engaging both sides of the body & brain. Even marching to a beat with right arm and left leg movement alternating with the other side works!
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4) Eye-Hand Coordination: Did you know that people who played racquet sports (tennis, ping pong, pickle ball, etc) lived longer with higher mental capacity than other sports being played? The coordination between the visual system and body creates strong connections in the brain. Because the visual processing system can be delayed/impaired in many children catching objects can be difficult. Working on catching balls, bean bags, scarves, and more is a great task to work with the brain. If your child can do these things already, add in a balance challenge by standing on an uneven surface.
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5) Timing & Rhythm Movements: Moving to a rhythm is something our bodies innately do from in utero and beyond. Our hearts, breath and other autonomic functions move in rhythm. When a child is suffering delays and unorganized brain connections their internal rhythm will be ‘off’. We like to start with a beat around 60bpm using a metronome or favorite song. Add in claps, then toe taps, then knee lifts and continue until you can perform some of the cross-body movements to a beat. If your child struggles with this task, do it passively with them until they are able to take over.
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If you are not sure how to implement these types of movements or want guidance, stay tuned for our new Monthly Movement Membership, Brain Connextions. You’ll receive monthly activities to perform with your child (created by an Occupational Therapist), all of which last less than 15 minutes per day. All of the movements are specifically curated to help improve development, increase brain connections, improve coordination, and integrate the reflex & sensory system.

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