Each Module meets Friday evening 6-9, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 9-3.
Homework is assigned to be completed between Modules and a private Face Book group will provide opportunities for continued learning and support from the cohort between modules.
Module One: The Developmental Infant Sequence
In Module One, professionals will deepen their understanding of the infant movement sequence that occurs naturally between birth and walking and how these nuanced movements are wiring the nervous system for all cognitive, emotional and physical pursuits. School readiness begins in the first months of life through movement and has very little to do with early academic training. In this Module, learn why slowing down and allowing baby to experience each movement in the sequence is vital to their development and gain the confidence and tools needed to share the Bottom Up approach with families and parents.
"As therapists we are taught to look for the disfunction and treat it, it wasn't until after taking Module One that I truly understood and appreciated optimal development."
Nancy R. Reflex integration specialist
Module Two: Developmental Movement Patterns
We all know movement is good for child development. In Module Two, learn how to incorporate smarter movement into daily practice lessons and home settings. When you watch a dancer or athlete, you are seeing a very organized body that can move in sophisticated ways. Everyday tasks such as reading, writing, eating and playing an instrument require the very same body mechanics and organization that athletes and dancers use. The first seven years of life is the time to practice these developmental movement patterns and gain control of our bodies for everyday tasks that are needed for school and home life. In this Module, you will embody the patterns yourself and learn fun and practical ways to bring smarter movement to your lessons and home settings.
"After doing the developmental movements learned in Module 2 at home for a week or so I started feeling less anxious and had more energy." Mary B. Early Chidhood Educator
Module Three: Primitive Reflexes
The Infant Movement Sequence and Developmental Movement patterns are both made possible by a series of primitive reflexes. These reflexes provide an innate, neurological blueprint for nervous system development. In Module Three, you will learn the symptoms of retained reflexes as well as games and play ideas that can support optimal reflex integration.
"I have taken several trainings about the primitive reflexes and learning them after MOdule 1 and 2 made something click, I feel I finally understand thier role and interconnectedness now!" Jean G, Retired elementary teacher and movement specialist