Assessing Neuro Motor Readiness for Learning The joys and excitement of a child turning five is celebrated as a rite of passage. The child growing up, going to ‘big school’ and putting on their new uniform brings delight to parents and teachers. But when is a child really ready for … [Read more...] about Pushing our children to ‘learn’
Giggles and laughter are heard as children run through the playgroup at their local early childhood centre. The jovial noise brings light to the teacher's eyes and knowing smiles on their faces. The game of chase is progressing, yet there is that one child - the one who doesn't quite seem to know … [Read more...] about Recognising Reflexes in Education
Check out this article by Graeme Paton, Education editor of the Telegraph UK. Interesting reading. Sally Goddard Blythe, an expert in early education, recommends screening children for basic physical problems at five, saying developmental difficulties can have a major bearing on later … [Read more...] about Many children ‘unable to hold a pencil or sit still’ at five
Fidget spinners are currently all the rage in most households, schools and preschools in New Zealand. With some schools banning them and others embracing them what is the impact of these toys on children's learning and development? Do our children benefit from such a thing, or are they just too hard … [Read more...] about FIDGET SPINNERS: A Crazy Craze or a Teacher’s Toolbox
There are many questions running through my mind about reflexes, some of which could become areas for research. Particularly at the moment is the role of the STNR reflex. The more assessments I undertake on children the more I am seeing this reflex still fully present. Currently, I am working … [Read more...] about The STNR (Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex)
What are Primitive Reflexes? Primitive reflexes are automatic stereotyped movements directed from the brainstem. We don't think about them, we don't try to make them, they just happen. These Primitive reflexes are needed for survival and development in the early months of life. However, as we … [Read more...] about What’s the deal with reflexes?