Why Brain Connex Therapy Online?
From behavior to learning to motor skills and language — Brain Connex Online is the most powerful program to help your child struggle less and unlock their true potential
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. You’ll master the three key components to change: primitive reflex integration, brain hemispheric & sensory integration, and cerebellum development. 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.
Upon signing up, you will receive immediate access to the first part of education in primitive reflex integration, along with instructions for your private assessment. After completing initial paperwork, we will schedule our first ZOOM consultation to go over your child’s individualized program. With virtual support, you’ll learn how to assess your child’s reflexes, sensory system, and brain imbalance and how to choose exercises to improve areas of weakness. You’ll also 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. A follow-up ZOOM consultation is scheduled for 4-6 weeks after the initial call.
Our primary movement programs are called Foundations, Integrations, and Connections. See below for detailed information about each movement section.
Pre-Step 1: VAGAL REGULATION (optional/ not-included in guided program) we commonly recommend an auditory listening program for client’s before starting our reflex & brain integrations program. The auditory program helps to calm the nervous system by stimulating the vagus nerve. Some benefits seen include calmer mood, better sleep, improvements in social settings, improved receptive language, improve expressive language, less anxiety and agitation. Children that would benefit from starting at this step are those that have anxiety, agitation, irritation, poor sleep, inability to follow instructions, and behaviors that may prevent them from working on reflex exercises.
“We have definitely noticed changes [in our son since finishing the listening program]. He is calmer, he is so much happier in himself – he actually said to us yesterday that he felt happy and didn’t understand why. That is a HUGE change from before. No more suicidal talk and definitely less self-loathing.”
— Parent testimonial
Step 1: FOUNDATIONS Primitive Reflex Integration Plus moves your child through integration of the core primitive reflexes, plus neurodevelopmental movements for proprioceptive strength. Foundations 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, as the main focus of treatment, helping to create a routine and body awareness with reflex integration, before moving onto Integrations.
“The Brain Connex program has been game changing for our son, and therefore our family. Since starting the primitive reflex integration program, we have seen improvements in our son’s ability to focus, stay on task, and prioritize. Additionally, his handwriting has improved, classroom behavior has improved, and reading comprehension has improved. He recently received his best ever report card. Watching the reflexes integrate through a series of basic body movements, and observing the impact that has had on our son’s ability for higher level functioning has been amazing! We are so grateful.”
— Maegan L., parent testimonial
Step 2: INTEGRATIONS Brain Hemispheric Balance 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 for the weaker hemisphere. We’ll work together to assess your child for brain hemispheric weakness and use a brain balance approach to increase hemispheric connections. The sensory-motor connection helps to integrate reflexes and create balance between brain hemispheres. This portion is 100% personalized for your child.
“Brain Connex therapy has been absolutely life changing for my son! Integrating reflexes, core strength exercises and stimulation of the weaker hemisphere massively helped with regulating emotions, stopped bed wetting and his academic performance is incredible now. He is a completely different child. Kara is amazing and her support is fantastic. ”
— Parent testimonial
Step 3: CONNEXTIONS Brain Training & Support This monthly movement program is our 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 six-to-twelve months of the Connextions movement program to achieve optimal benefits in learning, memory, organization, focus & attention.
Along with movement programs, the membership includes expert interviews, zoom calls to educate & answer questions, nutrition information & recipes, postural restoration techniques, monthly challenges, and more. *cancel anytime*
*we also offer a self-guided version of this program*
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 individualized program consists of an initial assessment & programming + follow-up consultation in 4-6 weeks all via ZOOM. You’ll have access to a back office filled with video & written instructions for your program. Access to all materials is forever. After the follow-up consultation you will be invited to join our exclusive monthly membership: CONNEXTIONS Brain Training & Support.
The Course. Each program you will have access to has 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 balance & 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.
Individualized. You will learn how to individualize the program for you child and your concerns. You will receive an individualized program with activity record sheet during your first consultation, plus follow-up consultation for questions and modification, as needed. Additional questions can be answered via email or our FB group.
Education. Timed perfectly with your program, you’ll get impactful content sent straight to your inbox for the time you participate. Kara has taught hundreds of students and can anticipate 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 available in our CONNEXTIONS membership.
✅ Exclusive access to our monthly membership! Only those completing our programs are invited. Includes additional exercises, movement programs, nutrition information, expert interviews, monthly challenges, and more. This is the only place I provide continued support.
*we also offer a self-guided version of this program*
What to Expect Inside Brain Connex Online
Utilizing the full program takes approximately four-twelve months long depending on your child’s original delays & goals for improvement. Each step is given with both written and video instructions of the movements. The daily movement program should only take 30 minutes 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. Along with your child’s personalized program, you will have access to a back office filled with videos & written instructions so that you understand everything and can make sure you are performing the movements correctly.
Step 1: Primitive Reflex Integration Plus:
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 core primary reflexes
- Learning extra playful & alternative movements that help to integrate reflexes
- Passive stimulation techniques to use with children who cannot follow instructions
- Support for working with younger/less-focused children
Step 2: Brain Hemispheric Balance:
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 at 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
- Specific progressions for sensory stimulation as your child tolerates
- Sensory stimulation specific to your child’s weakness
- Variety of equipment to help stimulation – from beginners to advanced
- Guide to living a balance hemispheric lifestyle for the entire family
Step 3: Connextions Brain Training & Support:
The CONNEXTIONS membership helps develop the cerebellum, an important part of our brain needed for optimal learning, coordinated movement, social skills, language, and more! Our movement series engage the vestibular, visual & proprioceptive systems, along with timing and cross-body movements. 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. But we don’t stop there. Membership is the only place I provide continued coaching & support beyond the initial two ZOOM consultations. We include a variety of education within the membership to keep you up-to-date on nutrition & movement programs to help your child reach their full potential.
- 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
General Nutrition information and recipes
- Postural Restoration techniques
- Expert Interviews monthly
- Monthly ZOOM calls with me for additional education and questions
- Monthly group challenges
- Continued support