Why Brain Connex Therapy Online?
From behavior to learning to motor skills and language — Brain Connex Online is the most powerful program to unlock your child’s potential and up level their future.
Brain Connex Therapy Online is for caregivers that are ready to make a difference in their child’s life. Period.
Are you someone ready to make a difference? Someone who looks for alternatives to traditional therapies and doctor recommendations? Someone who does the late-night research and knows brain development will improve all skills? The trouble is many of us don’t have access to the tools needed to create the changes we know are available. Work-filled days, other children to care for, multiple therapies, and other stressors keep us from implementing activities at home. If this sounds familiar, what you’re missing is a complete program, given to you step-by-step, with online support the entire time. In three short months you’ll master the three key components to change: primitive reflex integration, brain hemispheric & sensory integration, and neurodevelopmental movements. You’ll feel 100% competent in your ability to help your child and begin to see changes in the first few weeks.
How the Program Works
Movement is the cornerstone of our program. Movement creates the optimal environment for neural plasticity, the ability for the brain to change. Movement, timing, and balance help the brain create neural connections improving the vestibular, tactile & auditory systems; providing positive gains in attention, coordination, proprioception, and sensory integration.
Our primary movement programs are called Foundations, Integrations, and Connections. The 90-day program takes you through Foundations, Integrations, and Connections, in a self-guided format with group support. Upon signing up, you will receive your first movement program followed by specific progressions each month. You will receive individualized support through unlimited emails with our Occupational Therapist and optional private phone/video consultations each month; and you’ll be invited to join our private FB group where we have Q&A, accountability, support, and community. No one should ever feel alone when working with a child that needs help. See below for detailed information about each movement section.
Foundations moves your child through integration of eight primary primitive reflexes, plus neurodevelopmental movements. Foundations also helps you set a routine for your movement program. Primitive reflexes are the first foundation of the nervous system. They originate in the brain stem and integration of the reflexes creates the foundation for future controlled movements. Unintegrated primitive reflexes trigger our ‘fight or flight’ response which creates chronic stress to our body. Children will progress through Foundations for the first 4 weeks, helping to create a routine and body awareness with reflex integration, before moving onto Integrations.
The Integrations program builds upon Foundations. During Integrations we continue with primitive reflex integration exercises while adding in sensory stimulation: tactile, visual, auditory, smell, vestibular, and proprioceptive. We assess which brain hemisphere is weaker and use a brain balance approach to increase hemispheric connections. Typically children will benefit from three+ months of this movement program.
The Connextions movement program is the final step. We combine movement-based learning focused on timing plus balance, and cross-body sequences done with cognitive & coordination tasks. Research has shown vast improvements when children perform these movements which solidify the sensory systems throughout the vestibular-ocular-visual channels. Typically children will benefit from two-to-four months of the Connections movement program to achieve optimal benefit.
Why the Program Works
The Pyramid of Development & Learning is a visual representation of how an infant develops and learns. Our program has your child move through this exact neuro-developmental sequence in order to “fill in the gaps” of development that have weaker connections. As you can see on the right hand side, once the Foundations, Integrations, and Connections areas are rewired to their maximum efficiency than executive functioning (ie, academic learning, decision making, etc) can operate at its optimal level.
What’s Included in the Program?
The program itself runs three months, with the option to purchase an additional movement membership for continued growth. You’ll have access to everything included in the program + our private FB group community for years to come.
The Course. For the 90 days you are enrolled in the program you will have access to videos, written instructions, and activity record sheets explaining exactly how to implement your child’s program. You’ll learn the three main brain changers: primitive reflex integration, brain hemispheric & sensory integration, and neurodevelopmental movements; plus the science and research behind each of them.
Community. As a Brain Connex Online participant, you’ll get exclusive access to our private online community for support and connection. Our program Occupational Therapist moderates, and is there to answer your questions and support you on your journey in real-time. Plus, we’ll share videos, tips and even host livestreams to help you get the most out of your program.
Individualized. During the 90-day program, you will receive unlimited email access to our Occupational Therapist, and optional private phone/video consultations each month with Kara Rice, MOT, OTR/L to help answer your questions and individualize the program for your child. These conversations help participants stay accountable and improve the outcome of your child’s functional gains.
Education. Timed perfectly with your program, you’ll get impactful content sent straight to your inbox for the three months you participate. Kara has taught hundreds of students and can anticipate your challenges before they come up. So we’ve curated videos, articles, and additional techniques to enhance your Brain Connex Online program, including…
- How to Assess Primitive Reflexes & the Sensory System
- How to fit your new program into your daily life
- How to connect with your child to enhance learning
- Additional education in lifestyle changes that will improve everyone’s health (including our favorite kid-approved recipes!)
- How to improve your mindset, as a parent/caregiver, to de-stress and stay present
- Bonus playful activities and games that incorporate principles of neuroplasticity
Get your biggest questions answered & customize your program with our private FB community, ran by Kara Rice, Founder of Brain Connex Therapy.
Four FREE downloadable guides to therapeutic activities to improve reading & writing, behavior, attention & focus, and sleep.
Our favorite recipes, research articles, additional audio downloads, and even more bonus content.
Individualized program design with unlimited emails and video analysis, and optional phone/video consultations each month with founder, Kara Rice, MOT, OTR/L – being an Occupational Therapist, I am able to modify and adjust your program as needed!
What to Expect Inside Brain Connex Online
The full program is three months long; with a new sensory & movement program released to you each month. Each program is given with both written and video instructions of the movements. The entire program should only take 30 minutes (or less) daily to complete with your child. We recommend you perform the program 5x/week for optimal results. We provide guidance and support through our private community page, and during individualized phone consultations.
Primitive Reflex Integration (month 1+):
Primitive reflexes are the first foundations of the nervous system. They create a foundation that allows motor patterns to develop and the sensory systems to integrate. Unintegrated reflexes can cause stress and adversely affect neuromuscular coordination, sensory perception, visual function, emotions, memory, and reading & learning.
- Master list of retained reflex symptoms
- Guide to testing primitive reflexes in your child
- Simple movements to help integrate eight primary reflexes
- Learning extra playful movements that help to integrate reflexes
- Sensory stimulation exercises to help integrate
- Support for working with younger/less-focused children
Brain Hemispheric Integration (months 2+):
Each side of the brain controls different types of thinking, movement and processing. The right brain focuses on the visual, and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The focus of the left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. Learning and movement challenges are a direct result of the disconnect between the two hemispheres.
- Understanding of what a “functional disconnection” is
- Education on how to detect which hemisphere is weaker
- Sensory stimulation specific to your child’s weakness
- Progressions on the stimulation to enhance and continue balancing the brain
- Guide to living a balance hemispheric lifestyle for the entire family
Cross-body movements; timing; coordination/balance (month 3+):
We recommend once children finish the program they continue with Brain Connextions, our movement series to develop essential skills such as balance, coordination, and visual-motor skills. Your child will be challenged with activities that use both sides of the brain through cross-body movements; higher-level academic skills; and timing to incorporate the natural rhythm of our mind-body connection.
- Movement video series for your child to complete
- Progressive movements to increase brain connections & learning
- Education on why each movement is specifically targeted and how it helps your child
- Education on movements that solidify your child’s learning and higher-level academic skills