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Movement Matters: The Importance of Integrating Primitive Reflexes


This video will:

  • Discuss the importance of primitive reflexes, reflex maturation and sensory-motor development on the infant/child’s health, well-being, growth, and development.
  • Discuss how pre-birth, birth, post-birth stress, trauma, lack of movement can affect the nervous system.
  • Learn how to avoid Container Baby Syndrome.
  • Explain unintegrated reflexes as stored stress patterns and their connection to higher level function, learning, sense of safety, cognitive and social emotional development.
  • Describe how to use rhythm and movement for beginning integration of Fear Paralysis and Moro reflex.
  • Provide play/movement activities to calm, organize, and mature the brain and body.

Previously recorded on October 24, 2023

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Ann Wardyn, OTR/L

Ann Wardyn, OTR/L is the director of Occupational Therapy at the Children’s Rehab Center-Grand Island location and has 33 years of experience working with children. She has over 380 hours of specialized training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) method including using MNRI for stress and trauma recovery, newborns & infants, visual and auditory skills, Dyslexia, neuro tactile integration, and maximizing brain potential. She is also trained in Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Training, and Move Play Thrive Brain and Sensory Foundations. Ann also has advanced training in Sensory Integration theory and treatment, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening program, sensory and oral based feeding disorders, and transitioning from tube to oral feeds.

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