So we all have experience with Kids with significant global delays..often seeing kids at 4 or 5 years old who have delays of about 2-2 1/2 years in their development. It totally isn't surprising that they have a TON of retained reflexes still present when we test them.What I'm seeing with these kids is that they seem to be making leaps and bounds in their development since starting RMT. Changes noted include: -increased speech -improved movement transitions and coordination (more fluid movements observed) -increased attention span and interest in completing activities -improved visual motor integration skills as noted by improvements on VMI -increased feeling of sensory input such as pain awareness (the kids are actually crying when they fall down and hurt themselves, as before there was no reaction!) -increased emotionality (they actually cry when hurt and show emotions when upset, etc.) I have one child who mom stated she only cried about twice in her life until she turned 4 years old -we recently began RMT this past year and now she shows many more emotions! -increased assertive in what they want, going through an independence phase of development > kind of like the "terrible twos" which some and/or all of our developmentally delays kids didn't go through! Yes, it is hard to say without a doubt that these changes seen are a result of the RMT and the stimulation of the brain stem to create new connections to the cortex and limbic system. Yes there are also other things going on in that child's life that may have helped with development. BUT, what's different here is the HUGE changes that the child is making all of a sudden. What we expect from these kids, and have seen for years with these kids is that they will typically "inch along" in their development. The gap between them and their same age peers seems to widden with each passing month and year. The fact that we're seeing these leaps and bounds in development seems to speak volumes in terms of there being something "different" and effective about what we're doing! Would love to hear about your experiences as well!
Heidi McLarty is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a passion for remedial treatment activities which provide the most bang for your buck! In other words, they are very effective, simple to implement and teach others, AND best of all, they don't cost a small fortune! Not quite free, but pretty near because of the applicability of this work with a whole bunch of different individuals, with different conditions! The main link here is that we are dealing with the brain and nervous system, which we now know is plastic. That's a very exciting and valuable bit of info that we NEED to take advantage of.