1) The movements really DO help with remediation which is what we ultimately want! The difference here is that we are stimulating new brain connections to be made. I can actually PROVE that the movements are working at the neurological level with pre and post retained reflex testing (which doesn't mean a lot to parents because they are focused on the functional improvements they are seeing!)..but from a therapists standpoint this is something measurable and really neat to see! I am working on doing more pre and post video taping of reflex testing.
2) The movements are EASY for anyone to do (with some amount of rhythm, and sometimes it takes time and practice or external rhythm such as music or singing a song in their head to get the a good rhythm instead of being jerky!). I can show anyone in a matter of a few minutes, pretty much anywhere, and best of all, without them having to buy lots of expensive equipment!
3) The training doesn't cost you a fortune to take and doesn't take very long to complete!
4) The movements can be done with virtually anyone! We don't always necessarily know the "effects" we'll see because the brain is plastic, but there are people posting about the positive effects they are seeing with various individuals such as those who have suffered a stroke, Parkinson's Disease, etc.
5) The movements, because they specifically stimulate the Reticular Activating System in the brain, they have a calming effect on the individual! I definitely notice these effects and even after a few minutes in the same session. Some kids fall asleep. Also, the movements aim to "normalize tone" so increasing tone in those with low tone and decreasing tone with those with high tone. My kids don’t need BOTOX or tendon lengthening surgeries! There are 3 movements that help with decreasing leg tension. I have seen substantial improvements in how far people can touch their toes with legs straight and how far they can raise one leg up from a lying position, with only 3 minutes of active movements (1 minute each of the 3 movements). It has blown me and others away by the change within such a short period of time! This improvement in Range of Motion has lasted for days before (without more rhythmic movement input)..actually after about day 10 of testing how far I could reach I lost interest and forgot about it!
6) I really feel like this work is the "best bang for your buck" when considering an intensive sensory diet (not to discount sensory input, but I've also been to many SI courses) and this is a more overall effect on regulation because the circuitry is being changed! One of my severe 3 1/2 year olds with ASD is a totally different kid now. Everyone who knew him before are blown away at how he acts now, I used to call him "the screamer" to the SLP for a short time before I introduced his caregivers to the movements. The head SLP told this new SLP, that she wasn't sure what to tell her to do with this kid in therapy, and that she might have to just "play" with him for 20 sessions or so before building a rapport to actually get anywhere! The SLP was quite scared of working with him, and now she said she looks forward to working with him because he's so fun! I agree!
7) I have seen kids make awesome changes in various functional areas after engaging in the movements, especially noticeable for my severely delayed kiddos who are developmentally about 2 1/2 years younger than their actual age! I've seen leaps and bounds in development that you wouldn't expect to see! You expect these kids to inch along and maybe make some gradual changes!
Basically, in a nutshell, I am encouraging anyone and everyone in the helping professions or parents to pursue this training if possible! It has totally changed my practice and while I still believe that we need a comprehensive approach to therapy and need to use various tools in our toolbox to treat, I don't view the other things are being nearly as effective anymore. Understanding the havoc that retained primitive reflexes can have on all areas of development is both astounding and also makes so much sense!