RMT for School Readiness
Special Interest Classes
14 Hours - for U.S. only

This 2-day class focusses on using Rhythmic Movements with young children, as well as looking at how to identify when primitive reflexes are not integrated. The class looks at using activities and games to introduce the movements to children, as well as developing your own activities and games.

This class is suitable for parents, childcare workers, nursery, preschool and kindergarten teachers, as well as, those who would like to extend their RMT knowledge.

Topics Include:

  • 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 and practice Rhythmic Movements
  • Identify other movements, songs and activities that can be used in classrooms to promote the movement patterns necessary to integrate primitive reflexes
  • Build a store of activities that can be used to work with children to promote postural and emotional balance
  • Understand the reflexes important for Postural integration
  • Observe the reflexes for Hands and Feet
  • Identify the reflexes for emotional stability
  • Experience, notice and express ‘before and after’ changes that occur from doing the Rhythmic Movements and other activities
  • 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 behavioural difficulties.

Includes illustrated manual:

RMT for School Readiness by Moira Dempsey, USA Edition, Copyright 2014

The manual for this practical and experiential course is based on the theoretical work from Movements That Heal, by Harald Blomberg, MD and Moira Dempsey (2011).

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

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 many of the Rhythmic Movements
  • Identify other movements, songs and activities that can be used in classrooms to promote the movement patterns necessary to integrate primitive reflexes
  • Build a store of activities that can be used to work with children to promote postural and emotional balance
  • Assess through observation when reflexes are retained.
  • Understand the reflexes important for Postural integration – TLR, ATNR, Landau, Spinal Galant and STNR
  • Observe the reflexes for Hands and Feet – Hand Mouth Babkin, Grasp, Babinski and Infant Plantar
  • Identify the reflexes for emotional stability – the FPR and Moro
  • Experience, notice and express ‘before and after’ changes that occur from doing the Rhythmic Movements and other activities

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 RMT courses for professional credit or continuing education must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Attend the entire duration of the training
  2. Actively participate in experiential learning and practicing of the movements.
  3. Show competency in lab work.
  4. Submit a completed training evaluation form.

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

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