RMTi One - Focus, Organisation & Comprehension
Foundation Classes
14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEU credits) for U.S. only

In this 2-day course participants learn the basics of the Rhythmic Movement Training: how rhythmic movements can be used to assist in regulating muscle tone; stimulating the connections between the cerebellum and the neocortex, especially the frontal lobes in order to improve attention and control impulses. The course also includes examining the role of the primitive reflexes in development, and how to integrate them using rhythmic movements and isometric pressure.

Ideal for OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, parents, social workers, family and mental health therapists, developmental optometrists and VTs, yoga therapists, classroom teachers; special education teachers; nursury and preschool teachers, health care providers; massage therapists, trauma specialists and caregivers; kinesiologists, Brain Gym instructors.

Topics Include:

  • Demonstrate and practice of rhythmic movements and how these movements promote brain development, effective learning, speech development, emotional balance, stress release, stamina and postural strength.
  • Discussion, demonstration and practice of reflexes related to developing postural control.
  • Discussions and practice of how reflexes and their importance to understanding the foundations of sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive function.
  • Experience, notice and express ‘before and after’ changes that occur from doing 17 Rhythmic Movements

Recommended/Optional texts:

Movements that Heal, Rhythmic Movement and Primitive Reflex Integration—A Drug-Free Approach to Learning, Sensory, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges, Harald Blomberg, MD and Moira Dempsey, 2011.

Reflexes, Learning and Behavior, A Non-Invasive Approach to Solving Learning and Behavior Problems, by Sally Goddard, Fern Ridge Press, 2002.

Recommended texts can be purchased at www.rmtsupport.org, Amazon or Book Depository

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Upon course completion students will be able to:

  • Identify the innate rhythmic movements of infancy and recall why these movements promote brain development, effective learning, speech development, emotional balance, stress release, stamina and postural strength.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of 17 Rhythmic Movements.
  • Indicate if primitive reflexes are un-integrated and discuss the importance of integration to foundations of sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive function.
  • Describe the research showing the connection between un-integrated reflexes and functional challenges.
  • Assess 6 key primitive and postural reflexes for clients: Tonic Labyrinthine, Spinal Galant, Landau, Babinski, Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, and Amphibian Reflex.
  • Experience, notice and express ‘before and after’ changes that occur from doing 17 Rhythmic Movements
  • Demonstrate the movement patterns and protocols for integrating 6 key primitive and postural reflexes: Tonic Labyrinthine, Spinal Galant, Landau, Babinski, Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, Amphibian Reflex.

Topics

  • The role infant movement and reflexes play in brain growth, learning, emotional development and behavior, and the research showing the crucial importance of integrating infant reflexes for foundational sensory processing and learning skills.

  • Reasons why un-integrated reflexes are a major factor in challenges such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, autism, chronic stress/overwhelm and other learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

  • How Rhythmic Movement Training creates neural links between the brainstem, cerebellum, limbic area and prefrontal cortex and how this helps with stress release, speech development, social-emotional skills, physical skills, learning and behavioral challenges.

Assessments

Students taking the RMTi courses for professional credit or continuing education must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Attend the entire duration of the training
  2. Complete a written test of at least 75% correct answers demonstrating an understanding of the important concepts taught in the class.
  3. Actively participate in experiential learning and practicing of the movements.
  4. Show competency in lab work.
  5. Submit a completed training evaluation form.

Students are expected to read the course manual and to actively participate in class discussions.

Teaching methods include - The course involves a mixture of theory and practical and experiential applications, presented through a combination of Powerpoints, videos, demonstrations; discussions and practice sessions.

Learning Outcomes - How rhythmic movements assist in integrating reflexes; Why this is important; and What to do to stimulate brain connections for increased impulse control, attention, balance, coordination, stamina and learning.

Topics include:

  • How RMT builds neuro-sensory-motor foundations for focus and higher level learning skills
  • Basics in brain development for learning, attention and comprehension
  • Ways to identify developmental imbalances
  • Information on a selection of reflexes involved in laying the foundations of focus and comprehension – Tonic Labyrinthine (TLR); Landau; Symmetrical Tonic Neck (STNR); Spinal Galant; Amphibian; Babinski
  • Methods for integrating primitive reflexes
  • The 17 foundational RMT passive and active movements

 

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