Kinesiology for kids
Learning Difficulties, Development Delays, Anxiety, Behavioural Issues, Bedwetting (after the age of 5), Intolerances, Lowered Immune System
Are you concerned your child is not reaching his development milestones?
Does your child struggle with fear, anxiety, anger or lack of confidence?
Is your child over-sensitive to noise, resist wearing new clothing or textures in food?
Does your child have meltdowns that last more than 20min?
Does your child have problems falling asleep or staying asleep?
Does your child have issues with bedwetting and is past age 5?
Does your child have issues with reading, writing, spelling or maths?
Does your child have poor memory or difficulty remembering numbers?
Does your child need to reread word or phrase to get any meaning out of it?
Does your child have poor motor coordination or balance issues?
Is your child constantly bumping into things or dropping things?
Does your child have difficulties with concentrating or daydreaming?
In today’s world it is so easy for our nervous system to be overstimulated - particularly for little
children. Noise, changes (such as arrival of a new sibling, new school, new house etc), busy malls, ipads/phones, blood sugar highs and lows, too much activity packed in a day.... There is little to no “downtime”.
All these can cause our kids to be in a state of fight/flight (same as adult) which then directly dulls down the part of our nervous system responsible for rest, digest, detox & heal functions.
This state can result in decreased digestion (poor nutrient assimilation, issue with constipation, reflux, lack of HCl production), sleep issues, behavioural & mood disruption, lack of emotional processing, disruption to immune system or lack of primitive reflex integration.
What are Primitive Reflexes?
How can Holistic Kinesiology help my child ?
Holistic care of a child understands the impact of emotions on the nervous system, and the impact of the nervous system on health.
Kinesiology is a gentle, safe, non-invasive and effective therapy that uses muscle monitoring and principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine to identify the root cause of imbalances and clear them.
As an experienced kinesiologist, I work with children of all ages to address the underpinning problem/s not just the symptoms whether it is from a nutritional, emotional, environmental or physical origin.
For younger kids, parents attend the sessions which can often help provide insight into the problems.
Your child's first session with me will be about building trust. It is a safe space where parents and children can share what's going on at home and school.
We will assess primitive and postural reflexes, basic brain integration such as marching, balancing but also nutritional and emotional aspects involved in brain function.
Children are often not able to express themselves as comprehensively as adults. Kinesiology muscle testing gives them a voice and the ability to release emotional stress. It is also used to assess nutritional imbalances and food allergies/ intolerances.
When working with learning difficulties, we can also tailor the session to specific areas of dysfunction such as speech, reading or writing. Using muscle testing, we can find out what the negative association is, to the extent of which letters, phrases and sounds are causing the problem.
To use muscle testing accurately it is recommended your child be aged 7 yo and up. For younger children the session is conducted using the parent as surrogate.
The acupuncture system is extremely useful for working on brain function and clearing underlying stresses because it can be used to address problems in all three aspects – mind, brain and spirit. There are traditionally used integrative brain acupoints that are key for general brain function and improving brain integration. Acupressure combined with body work techniques offers a gentle way to work with these points and calm your child's nervous system.
I will teach you some of these to take home with you to use with your child.
Contact me today more information about how sessions with children are conducted or suggested treatment plan.
In addition to nervous system overload, trauma in the womb or birth difficulties, caesarean section, emotional trauma, toxicity exposure, anaesthetics, head injuries; etc can also increase the risk of retained primitive reflexes.
In this state, no matter how hard a child tries to learn or change behaviour, the brain will not be switched on.
Primitive reflexes are automatic stereotypic movements directed from the brainstem and require no cortical involvement (thought). They are needed for survival and development in the womb and in the early months of life, helping a baby to birth, breathe, feed and signal when in distress (Spinal Galant, Moro, Sucking/Rooting & Palmer). These reflexes should only remain active for the first few months of life. In typical development, as higher more sophisticated centers of the brain begin to mature, these primitive reflexes naturally inhibit during the first year, and are replaced by postural reflexes. Postural reflexes are more mature patterns of response that control balance, coordination and sensory motor development. If these reflexes don't integrate fully, it is a sign that the autonomic nervous system still has dominant control over muscle movement and brain activity. This can interfere with social, academic, and motor learning.