Liz Jones-Twomey, Tanya Mouland, Lori Westlake
Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Summer Learning is an opportunity to learn about primitive reflexes that may be causing your clients some challenges. Learn a variety of simple strategies and movements to support them to be successful at school and at home. Level 1: is a comprehensive introduction to BRMT. Participants learn the basics of BRMT and gain an understanding of how rhythmic exercises can be utilized to regulate muscle tone and stimulate the brain, improve attention, impulse control, and physical development. This course involves a combination of theory and practice. Reflexes covered include: Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR), Landau, Amphibian, Babinski, Spinal Galant and Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR). Participants learn about the brain stem, cerebellum, and basal ganglia.
Level 2: studies the relationships between reflexes and our emotions, our challenges, our fears, and paralysis due to fear. It clarifies how the BRMT integrative exercises are very effective for working with individuals with Autism, ADHD, OCD, emotional outbursts, self-regulation challenges, sensory difficulties, and many other issues. The course also deals with reflexes that especially affect our emotions: the Fear Paralysis reflex, the Moro reflex and the Tendon Guard reflex.
Level 3: deals with how reading and writing ability is affected by various factors such as vision, articulation and motor ability. We learn how to test for non-integrated primitive reflexes and recognize other motor disabilities that are important for dyslexia. Additionally, we learn how to improve reading and writing ability by correcting these problems with rhythmic exercises and reflex integration. Emphasis is placed on recognizing visual problems and improving vision and reading by combining rhythmic and visual exercises. BRMT for Early Childhood Education: teaches us how to use rhythmic movements with children in the early years of education (preschool to grade 3), recognize and evaluate primitive reflexes that affect the motor, emotional and cognitive development of preschool and elementary age children. Rhythmic movements and games are specially adapted to help support integration of the following reflexes: Moro, Fear Paralysis, Tonic Labyrinthine (TLR), Landau, Spinal Galant, Amphibian, Babinski, Hand Grasp, Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR), Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR).