School Readiness

What affects your child’s learning, focus and behaviour?

School Readiness

When children begin school it is assumed that they will be able to sit still, pay attention, hold a pencil, and get their eyes to make the movements necessary to follow along a line of print. Many children do acquire these skills without difficulty; others take longer because they enter the school system at a definite disadvantage in terms of their neurological development and therefore lack the necessary physical skills to succeed. Some of these children will be labeled with specific learning difficulties, not because they lack intelligence but because the basic systems fundamental to learning were not fully in place at the time they started school.

If you child is exhibiting any of these behaviours  they may benefit from a movement program that addresses physical skills development.

  • writing challenges
  • reading or spelling challenges
  • cannot sit still or is fidgety
  • speech issues
  • coordination issues
  • slumped posture
  • Anxious, fears, shyness, overly sensitive, over reacts
  • often moves mouth or tongue when using hand for things such as writing
  • bedwetting or toileting issues beyond age 5
  • See the short questionnaire listed below for a more comprehensive list

Click on the picture and complete my school readiness questionnaire

Need more information?

1. Complete a short school readiness questionnaire to find out if your child needs help with learning and development. This will take less than 5 minutes.

2. Watch these short videos help explain why some children find learning a challenge. If you see any of the signs in these videos in your child I can formulate and facilitate a movement program just right for you child to get them on track for learning, with better focus and behaviour. If you are not sure if this will be right for your family contact me for a FREE 15 minutes consultation on the phone or in person to discuss it further.

Video produced by Brain Highways. Encinitas, California –

How can I help?

Early childhood reflexes should be fully inhibited by 3 years of age to make way for postural reflexes. Failure of these reflexes to inhibit creates neuro-development delay in the child, which often leads to behavioural and learning problems. Detection of retained/inhibited primitive reflexes can help to isolate the causes of a child’s problem so that remedial training can be more effective. Movement based programs like Brain Gym and Rhythmic Primary Movements are recognised as effective programs that assist in inhibiting these reflexes, allowing normal development to take place.

Contact me to book your a Foundation Skills Assessment for your child to check to see if they are ready for school or if they have the physical skills they need to succeed at school.

Movement Program:  once the assessment has been done a movement program can be put in place. Easy!

For more information about retained reflexes go to Retained Neonatal Reflexes website.