Organization and Time Management
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Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)
Unable to cross eyes easily, or it hurts when crossing
Spatial problems – bumps into furniture, stands too close
Poor sequencing – telling stories, counting, organizing
Poor sense of time, unable to tell time
When we are in utero and are infants, we go through stages of development that help us grow both physically as well as mentally. During these stages we naturally do certain physical movements that help us through each stage. We repeatedly do these movements, building muscle and opening pathways to our higher thinking brain, until we no longer need them. These stages are defined by the automatic reflexes that our bodies exhibit, that become inhibited once they are integrated.
A good example is the stage that includes the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) which is covered in this module. At this stage, from in utero to about 4 months, when placed on his tummy, a child will pick his head up, even though his head is about the same length and weight as the rest of his body. Where does he get the strength? He doesn’t have it – it is a reflex that he cannot control. Meanwhile, while he continues to pick his head up, he gains control, builds muscle, and develops neurodevelopmentally. Some of the symptoms of a retained TLR are poor posture, inability to cross eyes, and poor sense of time.
There are six primitive reflexes that I work with, although this is just a subset of all.
It takes just minutes a day to integrate these primitive reflexes at any age, beyond the early childhood stage. The exercises need to be done daily, or at least 5 times a week for about a month in order to see a change. I have seen children suddenly understand math, finally being able to memorize and remember, and for the first time being able to write a paragraph on their own. One 10 year old boy, who had embarrassing bedwetting issues, had his first dry week after working on integrating the Spinal Galant.
The modules should be done in the following order, as needed:
1. Hypersensitivity and Anxiety
2. Organization and Time Mangement
3. ADD/ADHD, Memory and Bed-wetting
4. Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
5. Vision, Coordination and Attention
These reflexes set up the body and mind to be able to handle and work through the next phases in the Pyramid of Potential: the sensory-motor system, the cognitive development, and finally academics.