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ADULT ADHD/ADD AND MIND MOVES®
2014-04-16
Estie Barnard
estie.barnard@mindmoves.co.za

In my practice as both an Advanced Mind Moves Instructor and Industrial Psychologist, I have recently realized that quite a few of my clients struggle with, what could be categorized as “Adult ADHD or ADD”. Therefore I identified the need to research the topic more, and also hypothesize that Mind Moves can indeed address aberrant reflexes, if any, in such individuals.

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The Importance for Sensory-based Learning for Maths and Science
2014-01-24
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Resent research shows that a number of barriers to learning, like impulsivity and hyper- or hypo activity, could be due to a child’s lack of optimal physical development (PQ). The foundation of PQ learning consists of the sensory system that develops through sufficient concrete multisensory experiences – a precursor for abstract learning like Maths and Science; and a fully developed motor system that act as an indicator to provide evidence that learning has occurred.

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EXAM TIME LOOMS - get ready with Mind Moves!
2013-10-18
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The words TEST or EXAM are enough to trigger a need to RUN as the result of an intense fear of failure. Fear of failure can either be positive - motivating you to do well, or negative -limiting performance when the fear is so intense that it paralyses and locks you into a failure spiral. BUT there is a solution for this by following these 4 steps - that includes doing Mind Moves!

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What can delay language development?
2013-06-27
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Let’s take a look at the most unusual combination of seemingly unrelated bits of physical development that supports language development in babies and children and how Mind Moves can help to address the problem.

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Voel, Ruik, Proe - die beste leerskool
2013-05-30
Beeld, POLS: 29 Mei 2013 - Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Voel, ruik, proe is nog die beste leerskool: 'n Kind leer deur met sy lyfie te voel en deur sy ouers dop te hou, maar baie moderne kinders sit hul dae om voor 'n skerm. Interaksie met ouers en hul omgewing is egter noodsaaklik...

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Leer My Luister
2013-05-17
Arliene van Wyk
arliene.vanwyk@mindmoves.co.za

Mammas en onderwysers kla graag en sê kinders het nie ore nie. Dis nie noodwendig omdat hul stout is of nie hoor nie, jou kind het dalk nie ‘n luistervermoë ontwikkel nie agv ongeïnhibeerde reflekse soos byvoorbeeld die Tonies Labirintiese Refleks. As die TLR afwykend is, laat die kind se sensories-motoriese stelsel hom nie toe om te konsentreer en leer nie omdat hy nie dit wat hy hoor kan verwerk nie. Lees meer hieroor en hoe Mind Moves kan help.

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Life Smarts
2013-05-09
Living and Loving April 2013 - Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Every child needs to feel protected, loved and accepted to thrive in all areas of life. Developmental specialist, Dr Melodie de Jager shares her top five secrets for building a child’s character - of which one is choosing a good school - while preparing the child for school and life

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Movimiento controlado frente a tdah
2013-05-08
Dra. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Es enorme la importancia que tiene el control del movimiento en contraposición al movimiento descontrolado; así como el desarrollo del equilibrio como resultado de controlar el movimiento, lo que equivale a la ausencia de hiperactividad. La Dra. Melodie de Jager, fundadora del Instituto Mind Moves, nos ofrece una excelente explicación acerca del importante papel que para los niños tiene el movimiento, en orden a que adquieran la habilidad de concentrarse para aprender.

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Mechanics of learning versus learning skills
2013-04-24
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Learning is not confined to books and the classroom but is the ability to adapt and change. To adapt you need wide awake senses. To be able to respond the muscle need to be strong and willing. The mechanics of learning (senses, brain, muscles & wiring) are at the heart of the learning process. Reflexes are nature’s way to develop the mechanics needed to survive and to develop. As long as the mechanics are still reflexively being developed, skills are compromised and developmental delays are experienced. At the Mind Moves Institute we go back to basics and focus on the development of the mechanics.

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HELP! I’m in Matric and I am not sure how to study
2013-04-23
Lindsay Hopwood
lindsay.hopwood@mindmoves.co.za

Many learners struggle with finding the best study methods and the good news is that establishing your brain dominance can help in finding the solution. Even though both the left and right brain are involved in learning, the genetically dominant part will determine your strengths, which can be utilised to work smarter and not harder and to develop effective learning styles. Brain dominance can be established by means of Mind Dynamix® Profiling.

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My child does not smile anymore, what now?
2013-04-19
Estie Barnard
estie.barnard@mindmoves.co.za

Many children suffer from depression without the parents knowing it. Symptoms of depression in childhood can vary from feelings of hopelessness, changes in social behaviour and anxiety disorders to something as serious as thoughts of death. These symptoms can be regarded as barriers to learning and the author hypothesizes that in addition to other therapies, Mind Moves and a Reflex inhibition programme can help to address some of the signs and symptoms of depression.

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Possible reasons why some children find it difficult to spell correctly
2013-04-10
Rhyna Thiel
rhyna.thiel@mind-moves.com

Poor Spelling can be due to something like an underdeveloped vestibular system, which can prevent a child from knowing in what direction letters need to face – a crucial factor for accurate spelling. Apart from this, a child’s genetic dominance and/or preferred learning style can also play an important role in this problem. Even though this may sound like a huge challenge, the Mind Moves reflex inhibition programme can come to a rescue, since focussing on the Core Muscle development as well as vision and hearing, will help to address this problem

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An easier way to safety than keeping a vicious dog
2013-03-19
Tania Hartz
tania.hartz@mind-moves.com

Is touch a personal need or is it something that the (individual and collective) neurological system is designed for in order to function optimally (individually and then collectively)? In answering this question the author looks at touch - whether a deep pressure massage or just a dog licking your hand - as an effective way of developing body awareness, which creates safety. For touch to be an effective ‘tool’ for feeling safe, the Withdrawal reflex first needs to be inhibited by doing Mind Moves

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The impact of Sensory-Overstimulation
2013-03-14
Elmarie Swanepoel
elmarie.swanepoel@mindmoves.co.za

Nowadays, with the average age of a child watching TV being 4 months and especially the huge amount of time being spent in front of the TV, the question is asked whether it can lead to sensory-overstimulation and what impact it can have on a child’s development, ability to concentrate and learn and even on ADHD. Studies showed that the impact of sensory overload can lead to sensory processing disorder and sensory defensiveness, which can make a child feel unsafe in his skin and thus in his world and causes serious barriers to learning which need to and can be addressed with Mind Moves.

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Skakel tussen Perdeterapie en Mind Moves® mbt die tassintuig
2013-03-12
Selma Arangies
selma.arangies@mind-moves.com

Tasdefensiwiteit of taktiele dormansie by kinders kan op ‘n lekker manier aangespreek word met behulp van perde. Nie alleen bied die perd ‘n groot verskeidenheid van teksture en temperature om taktiele diskriminasie te ontwikkel nie, maar om met perde te werk kan ook selfvertroue verbeter. Voorwaar ‘n prettige manier om sensoriese integrasie te ontwikkel en met die hulp van ‘n paar Mind Moves kan resultate nog vinniger gesien word.

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Klop Bewegingsiekte met Mind Moves® bewegings
2013-03-11
Rika Grove
rika.grove@mind-moves.com

Almal wat aan Bewegingsiekte, soos karsiek, lugsiek of seesiek ly weet presies hoe ‘n slegte ervaring reis kan wees, en baie mense wonder waar kom dit vandaan en of daar iets aan gedoen kan word. Die goeie nuus is dat dit wel aangespreek kan word, omdat dit met gravitasie onveiligheid, sensoriese integrasie, balans en ‘n onder ontwikkelde vestibulêre sisteem te make het - waarvan een van die oorsake die teenwoordigheid van ongeïnhibeerde reflekse soos die Moro refleks kan wees. Iets waarvoor sekere Mind Moves oefeninge uitstekend werk.

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How aberrant reflexes may influence the progression and treatment of Scoliosis
2013-03-08
Riantie Nel
riantie.nel@mindmoves.co.za

Scoliosis can cause serious barriers to learning because of the both the physical impairment and active primitive reflexes, like the ATNR and the Spinal Galant Reflex. Even though there are treatments and therapies that focus on inhibiting the progression of Scoliosis, additional programmes, like Mind Moves can help to address the aberrant reflexes and contribute to faster results in prevention of further deterioration.

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Haal die angs uit ABC!
2013-03-08
Igna du Plessis
igna.duplessis@mindmoves.co.za

Baie kinders word maklik as stout, onvoorspelbaar en ongedissiplineerd gesien, terwyl hul gedrag eintlik ‘n gevolg is van angs wat hul elke dag tuis en in die klaskamer ervaar. Angs by kinders is gewoonlik agv omstandighede wat nie beheer kan word nie en laat hulle onveilig voel - vandag ‘n baie algemene verskynsel. Ongelukkig kan dit ook skoolprestasies negatief beïnvloed, omdat dit meebring dat sulke kinders dan sukkel om te konsentreer en leer. Alhoewel dit nie altyd maklik is om omstandighede te verander nie, kan Mind Moves vir angs gedoen word om hierdie kinders te help.

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Why could movement also address tactile processing and not only vestibular processing, bilateral integration or muscle strength?
2013-03-07
Tania Hartz
tania.hartz@mind-moves.com

Every time the skin gets touched, physically by another human being or by air and sound waves created by movement, the neural pathway transmits the stimulus to the brain and myelination of the pathway takes place. Repetition thereof can help the brain to learn where the skin is and creates a feeling of safety, which addresses tactile defensiveness. The Mind Moves Massage is an exercise that involves both movement and human touch and improves tactile processing.

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I want to concentrate but I keep on thinking of other stuff
2013-03-05
Ronel Engelbrecht
ronel.engelbrecht@mindmoves.co.za

To concentrate and learn can be very challenging if you “keep on thinking of other stuff”. The latter can be due to various reasons, but dominancy also can play a vital role. Left or right eye dominance and left or right ear dominance can influence the way in which a child focuses on visual and auditory information, which can result in lack of concentration. To improve hearing and listening skills for better concentration, new pathways to the brain need to be developed and Mind Moves can be the answer to that.

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Mind Moves® vir kritiese denke en kreatiewe probleemoplossing
2013-03-05
Hanlie van Zyl
hanlie.vanzyl@mind-moves.com

Die vraag word gevra of kritiese denke, kreatiewe probleemoplossing en insig by leerders gekweek kan word. ‘n Leerder met ’n linker breindominansie kan maklik feite onthou, maar insig is nie altyd so voor die handliggend nie, terwyl ‘n kinestetiese leerder weer beter leer deur praktiese ervaring maar nie altyd feite vaslê nie. Hoe gemaak met hierdie verskillende leerders in die skoolsisteem waar beide feite en insig verwag word? Deur ‘n praktiese klas- en tuisprogram saam met Mind Moves te doen, kan die probleem suksesvol aangespreek word.

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Doing is - Learning - is Doing
2013-02-01
Isidro García Getino
isidro.getino@mind-moves.com

Once a child is born, surviving mechanisms start working because he needs TO DO something to survive and develop: suckling, moving, crying. DOING is the result of the processing of information that comes as input; and the development of the Central Nervous System that enables a child to react in an appropriate way, with a well-developed muscle system. Children need to be children who can develop and learn by moving and DOING

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HACER ES – APRENDER – ES HACER
2013-01-31
Isidro García Getino
isidro.getino@mindmoves.co.za

Cuando el niño nace, los mecanismos de supervivencia comienzan su trabajo pues necesita HACER cosas para sobrevivir y desarrollarse: mamar, moverse, llorar. HACER es el resultado de procesar información que llega por los sentidos y que utiliza el Sistema Nervioso Central, habilitando al niño para reaccionar de forma adaptada, a través de los sistema musculares. Los niños necesitan ser niños que se desarrollan y aprenden moviéndose y HACIENDO.

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Stewige voetjies op die grond keer glipsies
2013-01-29
Rudine Ferreira
rudine.ferreira@mindmoves.co.za

Swak beheer oor uitskeidingsorgane a.g.v. gravitasie onveiligheid kan spanning, ongelukkigheid en ‘n swak selfbeeld by kinders veroorsaak. Die ontwikkeling van die vestibulêre sisteem deur sekere Mind Moves oefeninge kan ‘n gevoel van veiligheid by die kind skep en help om beheer oor die probleem te kry.

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What does birth have to do with learning?
2013-01-29
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Natural birth is an intense sensory, brain and muscle wiring experience and replaces the need for many repetitions to develop the equipment of learning. The way a baby is born and the way and rate at which he reaches his milestones in the first year of life, play a role in a child’s ability to learn and can be one of the reasons why he is clumsy, battles to speak clearly or finds it difficult to sit still and concentrate on writing and reading rather than loving every minute of school a few years later.

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Numeracy Mind Moves®
2013-01-24
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The window of opportunity for developing critical thinking and creative problem solving skills like those needed for maths is between 4 and 11 years. During this period a child should gather various and sufficient multisensory experiences to develop his physical, emotional and intellectual thinking as well as the most important basic numeracy readiness skills.

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Grade R - a year full of Clever Play
2013-01-10
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

It is important that a pre-school child receives as much concrete, multi-sensory stimulation and exposure to as many facets of learning as possible. Clever Play is a preschool programme that offers teachers and parents guidance on stimulation to prepare a child to be ready to excel in school by addressing eight areas, e.g. gross motor and body awareness, imagination and creativity, emotional and social development, pre-reading, pre-writing and pre–numeracy skills, thinking and problem solving, etc.

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Senior Mind Moves® (movements to maintain quality of life for over-50's)
2012-11-20
Natural Medicine October 2012 l Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Nerves link the senses, brain and muscles to one another, literally forming connecting pathways that need to be used, or their functions will be lost. Regular use of these paths will help to keep your thinking clear and your feelings healthy. Senior Mind Moves® - movements to maintain quality of life for over-50’s - will help you to take charge of your emotions, your thinking and your body.

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What do eye movements tell us?
2012-10-05
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Research showed that there is a relationship between eye movements and learning styles – something that can be determined by drawing an infinity sign. The infinity sign indicates whether a person has a kinaesthetic, visual or auditory learning style due to sensory preference and preferred eye patterns. The kinaesthetic learning style is not the best learning style for a classroom situation, but fortunately specific Mind Moves can help to get fit eyes and a flexible learning style.

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Movement, midlines, muscle tone and balance
2012-07-26
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

As contradictory as it may sound, increasing a child’s movement may help to develop his or her ability to sit still. Sitting still and up while writing or listening in class, is dependent on a well developed balance system, which is the result of sufficient and appropriate movement that entails the ability to cross the midline, while developing an all important muscle tone. While moving, the development of balance relies completely on the co-operation of the far- and near senses. If any of these senses are not working efficiently, it may result in symptoms like ADD, Tactile Defensiveness, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, etc. A movement programme like Mind Moves may address these problems with success.

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What does CONTROLLED movement have to do with learning?
2012-07-25
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The more refined movements are, the less the brain has to pay attention to keeping the body straight and still and the more the brain can pay attention to learning. Unless a child STOP moving, reading and learning is difficult.

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What children’s drawings tell us about their brain development
2012-07-25
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Children’s drawings are their earliest attempts at writing and an important phase in their overall development. Converting thoughts onto paper is a skill that takes years to develop and goes hand in hand with ‘reading’ their own pictures by looking at their works of art and reconstructing their own thoughts and feelings before saying it out aloud.

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Beheerste beweging teenoor hiperaktiwiteit
2012-05-23
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Met verwysing na faktore soos beheerste en onbeheerste beweging, die ontwikkeling van beweging en hoe balans en beheerste beweging gelyk is aan die afwesigheid van hiperaktiwiteit (AGHS), spreek Dr. Melodie de Jager, die stigter van Mind Moves® Instituut, die interessante kwessie aan van hoe ‘n belangrike rol beweging speel in ‘n kind se vermoë om te konsentreer en leer.

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Controlled Movement versus ADHD
2012-05-23
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

With reference to factors like controlled and uncontrolled movement, the development of movement and how balance and controlled movement are equivalent to absence of hyperactivity, Dr. Melodie de Jager, the Founder of Mind Moves® Institute, addresses the interesting issue of the important role of movement in a child’s ability to concentrate and learn.

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The Importance of Mind Moves® Reflex testing and therapy in Autistic Spectrum Disorder
2012-02-20
Dr. Sonja Steenkamp
sonja.steenkamp@mindmoves.co.za

Even though the exact cause of autism is still unknown, the incomplete integration of primitive reflexes, like the ATNR, can be seen as contributing to the symptoms of Autism. A full Mind Moves assessment may indicate underdevelopment in the functioning of the nervous system that can be addressed by an intervention program.

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How Can Low Muscle Tone affect our children’s academic performance and can Mind Moves® address this barrier?
2012-02-07
Diamari Schoeman
diamari.schoeman@mindmoves.co.za

The higher the muscle tone in our bodies the more efficiently the muscles can support an upright posture without conscious effort and control. When a child has low muscle tone, he will struggle to keep an upright posture and use his mental energy to stabilise his body instead of paying attention and learning in class. This may influence his movement, concentration and speed of work at school and he can easily be stereotyped as ADD/ADHD. Mind Moves can assist a child through various movements to develop high muscle tone and improve school performance.

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Build your child's confidence
2012-01-23
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Confidence is not inherent but the product of positive role models and concerted cultivation. A confident child seems to draw friends, opportunities and success with absolute ease, while a child with no confidence feels lonely, anxious and rebellious. Fortunately it is never too late to put building blocks for confidence in place and make use of Mind Moves® exercises to support it.

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Whole Brain Lesson Structure
2011-12-20
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

There are numerous different learning styles that a learner may prefer when learning and an educator may prefer when teaching. This may be determined by factors like left- and right brain dominance or the preference for visual-, auditory- or kinaesthetic learning. Educators can stimulate whole brain learning by means of a variety of Mind Moves as well as prepare the lesson structure in such a manner that despite different learning styles, optimised learning for the learner as part of a group in the classroom, is still possible.

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Heelbrein lesstruktuur
2011-12-20
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Daar is baie verskillende leerstyle waarvolgens leerders verkies om te leer en opvoeders verkies om te onderrig. Linker- en regterbrein dominansie, asook die voorkeur vir ‘n visuele-, ouditiewe- of kinestetiese leerstyl is van die faktore wat dit mag bepaal. Opvoeders kan egter wel deur spesifieke Mind Moves bewegings die heelbrein stimuleer en ook hul lesstruktuur so beplan dat dit ten spyte die verskeidenheid leerstyle, vir die leerder as deel van ‘n groep in die klaskamer optimale leer verseker.

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Mind Moves®, Midlines and Muscle Tone
2011-11-28
Ilda van der Merwe
ilda.vdmerwe@mindmoves.co.za

Teachers today experience a lot of challenges. One of the greatest is that children lack the ability to sit still, concentrate and learn. Do we just have to accept that children are clumsy, have low muscle tone and battle to cross the midline? Is it at all possible to do something about it? Mind Moves present an opportunity to stimulate balance, increase muscle tone and promote midline crossing and bring hope to both teachers and learners.

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LOS NIÑOS NO NACEN ESCOLARES
2011-11-19
Isidro García Getino
isidro.getino@mindmoves.co.za

Los niños no nacen siendo escolares y la escuela no es un medio natural. Genéticamente nacemos preparados para aprender de la naturaleza, pero el aprendizaje escolar es convencional, no natural. Muchos niños tienen barreras para aprender como pueden ser, por ejemplo, reflejos primitivos activos, bajo tono muscular, pobre equilibrio y control; problemas de audición o de visión que hacen tan difícil el aprendizaje que algunos niños se inhiben -no por pereza, sino para protegerse del fracaso - . Padres y maestros deben cambiar la forma de mirar al niño y ayudarle para mejorar su pobre aprendizaje escolar. Pueden hacerlo a través de Mind Moves que les ofrece respuestas reales a su problema.

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The Importance of the Vagus Nerve on Development and Learning
2011-11-12
Julie Wiid
institute@mindmoves.co.za

The Vagus nerve ensures survival through its influence on organs, smooth muscles and glands in the body. Through this influence it also plays a crucial role in supporting physical, emotional, social and cognitive learning and development by reversing the negative effects that adrenaline and noradrenaline have in times of stress. By reversing these effects with the help of Mind Moves®, the Vagus nerve enables the body to return to a state that is more conducive for learning and development to occur.

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Emotional intelligence results in optimal performance in the school environment
2011-09-19
Jacqueline Horn
institute@mindmoves.co.za

A child who lacks emotional intelligence has regular outburst, feels insecure and is often labelled ‘out of control, bully, rebellious and defensive. This may influence the child’s scholastic results, which causes constant negative feedback and sets a vicious negative cycle in motion that prevents her from moving forward. An uninhibited reflex like the Withdrawal Reflex may be the cause of this problem and can be addressed by Mind Moves.

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True Tone, Hearing and Speech
2011-09-13
Marlise Howell and Chris Cornelissen
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Good quality musical instruments give off good quality vibrations, which produce pure sounds, which is great for the stimulation of the “young ear”. The cheaper and more plastic an instrument is, the poorer the quality of the vibrations, and thus poorer the quality of the sound/tone produced. Exposure to poor quality of tone might influence the development of a child and can even have an effect on speech development

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…..maar Mamma verstaan nie!
2011-09-12
Igna du Plessis
igna.duplessis@mindmoves.co.za

Sensoriese prosessering disfunksie - die onvermoë om inligting wat van buite deur die sintuie waargeneem word effektief te gebruik om alledaagse aktiwiteite te hanteer - is iets waarmee baie kinders sukkel. Sulke kinders kan stout, onvoorspelbaar en ongedissiplineerd voorkom en dit beïnvloed hul speel en leer omdat reaksies, aandag en emosies hierdeur geraak word. Ongeïnhibeerde reflekse kan hiervan die oorsaak wees en kan effektief deur Mind Moves® aangespreek word.

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Understanding developmental milestones
2011-09-12
Natural Medicine: Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Baby’s motor milestones have been found to have considerable significance with regard to future learning ability. Skipping a milestone like sucking, can result in delayed speech development, slow handwriting, slow task completion and emotionally immature behaviour. Using Mind Moves® to address this broken link can result in a child with a healthy self-esteem and a glow of self-acceptance.

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Left-handedness
2011-08-17
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Research at the Mind Moves® Institute in Johannesburg has confirmed the link between the dominant hand and how well a person can express him or herself when writing or talking – especially when under pressure. It has been found that both left-hand and right-hand dominant people can express themselves well, but if handedness has deliberately been changed, with changed handedness talking and communicating fluently become more difficult.

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When does school readiness start?
2011-08-11
Dr. Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

A child who is not school ready, is sentenced to 12 years of hard labour and many extra lessons, while other children are playing or having fun with their friends. School readiness entails physical, emotional, social and intellectual readiness and starts the moment of conception, followed by a smooth birth and baby reaching each milestone in sequence within the suggested time frame.

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Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) and Graphomotor (Handwriting) Problems as a Barrier to Learning
2011-07-26
Julie Wiid
institute@mindmoves.co.za

In most school environments assessment of progress is based predominantly upon the child’s ability to reproduce shapes, pictures, letters, numbers on paper, and later to reproduce thoughts and ideas in legible written form. Much is often inferred from poor handwriting with regard to the child's mental, social and emotional abilities, yet for children with graphomotor (handwriting) problems "neat handwriting at a reasonable pace is often not a choice". Development of VMI is dependent upon inhibition of primitive reflexes and the Mind Moves reflex inhibition programme is therefore recommended to address this problem with success.

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Mind Moves® make Colours Marvellous fun
2011-07-08
Ilda van der Merwe
ilda.vdmerwe@mindmoves.co.za

This article illustrates in a practical and way how to teach primary and secondary colours to children in a three dimensional way, by creating an opportunity for utilising movement that will develop language, listening skills, fine motor skills and stimulate brain integration while having fun with Mind Moves.

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SIN EDUCACIÓN NO HAY CONSENSO
2011-06-09
Isidro García Getino
igge38@gmail.com

Muchos niños fracasan en la escuela sin una razón que sea comprensible ¡Y sufren por ello! También sufren sus padres y profesores. La falta de buenas bases y cimientos, así como el no estar preparados para el aprendizaje escolar, es una parte importante del gran problema. Los sistemas educativos no toman para nada en cosideración todo esto. Los sistemas son los que fracasan, no los niños. Tenemos que mirar a los niños de uno en uno, todos son diferentes.

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Mind Moves® Movimientos que Mejoran la Mente - La Edición Española – Un Bestseler Educativo
2011-03-19
Isidro Garcia Getino
igge38@gmail.com

Los Reflejos primarios bien integrados ayudan al niño en su desarroll. Por desgracia la realidad nos muestra que no todo sale siempre perfecto y los fallos van dejando secuelas. No todos los Reflejos cumplen su función completamente o no se retiran y quedan como obstáculos al buen desarrollo. A partir de su primera obra Mind Moves®, la Dra. Melodie De Jager ha elaborado este práctico manual Mente en Acción, Movimientos que Mejoran la Mente, que ahora ve la luz en Lengua Castellana para incorporarse en primerísima fila a los programas que pueden manejar los padres, los educadores y los terapeutas en su función de ayudar al desarrollo del niño para que alcance el éxito personal, escolar y social.

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Mind Moves® to help kinaesthetic kids concentrate
2011-03-15
Ilda van der Merwe
ilda.vandermerwe@mindmoves.co.za

Why do learners find it difficult to sit still and concentrate? Are these kids just naughty, or is it possible that these movements are not under conscious control? What contributes to a child’s inability to sit still? How do teachers deal with kinaesthetic kids in the classroom? Mind Moves mimic the movements of a developing baby in order to develop neurological pathways to help children sit still and concentrate.

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Mind Moves for Pre-Schoolers
2011-01-01
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Mind Moves are fun movements that ensures wide awake senses, the working of the entire brain and muscles that can move and sit still. Mind Moves can be used to wake up, calm down, develop language skills and ensure shiny eyes in pre-school.

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Gehoorgestremdheid - 'n Onsigbare gestremdheid met talle uitdagings
2011-01-01
Heidi Claassens
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Die kommunikasie van en met dowe kinders is baie belangrik omdat dit implikasies vir onderig en skolastiese prestasie inhou. Daar is verskillende benaderings wat gevolg word, soos o.a. liplees, die gesproke benadering, vingerspelling en gebaretaal. Om die neuro-netwerke van die brein te versterk om ander hulpmiddele soos gehoorapparate en kogleêre inplantings optimaal te laat werk, kan Mind Moves ook ‘n bydrae maak.

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ADVANCED MIND MOVES INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
2011-01-01

institute@mindmoves.co.za

Find out more about the steps to follow to become an Advanced Mind Moves Instructor.

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My Child doesn’t talk, HELP!
2010-11-15
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

A child who has had a normal development should be physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually ready to tie a shoe lace, eat neatly using tools and stand on one leg at the age of 6, because all these skills have subtle ties to language development. These subtle ties can be seen when you take a closer look at listening, movement and balance, fine motor control, verbal comprehension and positive feedback.

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Die Nut van Beweging vir Kognitiewe Ontwikkeling
2010-11-13
Karin Liebenberg
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Ongeag hul gewone bewegingsvaardighede behoort kinders die meeste te beweeg gedurende hulle babajare. Navorsing deur Leiner en Leiner (1989) toon dat die brein se neurologiese verbindings ‘n kind se vermoëns bepaal en dat dit weer afhanklik is van ‘n kind se fisiese aktiwiteite. Herhaling van spesifieke refleksbewegings verseker effektiewe neurologiese bedrading van die primitiewe brein, wat uiteindelik leer vergemaklik.

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The Fit Between Personality and Mind Dynamix® Profiling
2010-10-18
Nicola Richardson
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Personality finds its expression through the Mind Dynamix® Profile – the blueprint containing the person’s essence. There’s an encouraging link between the attributes as interpreted after profile analysis and the findings from the Jung Personality Questionnaire.

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The role of the vestibular system in the learning process
2010-07-21
Verena Prinsloo
verena.prinsloo@mind-moves.com

The Vestibular system plays an important role in early childhood development and sensory integration. The interaction between the vestibular system and gravity is compared with a GPS which navigates us through every day live and learning. Various exercises extracted from Dr Melodie de Jager’s Mind Moves concept address gravitational security as a step towards overcoming learning difficulties resulting from a non-functional GPS.

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Die Rolle des Gleichgewichtorgans im Lernprozess
2010-07-09
Verena Prinsloo
verena.prinsloo@mind-moves.com

In der Erläuterung der Anatomie und Physiologie des Gleichgewichtorgans hebt der Artikel die Bedeutung des vestibulären Systems in der frühkindlichen Entwicklung und der sensorischen Integration hervor. Das Zusammenspiel zwischen Gleichgewicht und Schwerkraft wird mit einem GPS verglichen, dass uns durch den Lernprozess und den Alltag navigiert. Verschiedene Übungen aus dem Mind Moves Konzept von Dr Melodie de Jager addressieren die gravitationale Sicherheit zur Unterstützung von Lernschwächen, die auftreten, wenn das GPS nicht funktioniert.

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Mind Moves, Mind Dynamix Profiles and Autism – A Mother’s story
2010-06-25
Megan Verceuil
institute@mindmoves.co.za

The behaviours that ‘accompany’ an uninhibited Withdrawal reflex include hypersensitivity, a dislike of touch and poor eye contact. Getting out of the starting blocks to inhibit this reflex with specific Mind Moves and how it contributes to physical development, learning and living; as well as discovering through Mind Dynamix Profiling how to ‘use’ her child’s preferred learning style at best, was a wonderful sense of relief for this mother with a child on the Autistic spectrum.

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Musical Mind Moves to lock laterality and mend crossing the midline
2010-05-05
Ilda van der Merwe
ilda.vdmerwe@mindmoves.co.za

Laterality is an internal awareness of the two sides of the body. If a child is not aware of both sides of his body, the ability to cross the midline may be a problem and the child may have difficulty in establishing hand dominance or he may turn the book sideways when writing. In a playful way Mind Moves and Music could help to develop laterality and as the child becomes increasingly aware of the left and right side of his body, the preferential eye, ear, hand and foot can also develop.

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Understanding Developmental Milestones
2010-04-05
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Movement milestones are general trends and offer guidelines to indicate the progressive development of the brain and sensory-motor apparatus needed for learning. Skipping a milestone, like the ability of a baby to suck and suckle, can therefore cause future barriers to learning. Research at the Mind Moves Institute, has found that many children who did not suckle properly may battle with the following: delayed speech development, clumsy handwriting and emotionally immature behaviour

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Primitive reflexes- a Mind Moves developmental program to support low vision
2009-11-02
Dr Melodie de Jager & Belinda Lebowitz (OT)
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Vision depends on the development of all the other senses (touch, movemnent, smell, taste, hearing) and the maturation of the Central Nervous System. These networks are complex because the eyes are the last of the five senses to mature, building on the structure and functioning of the vestibular system

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Mind Moves: Kopskuiwe
2009-06-02
Resensie
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Mind Moves Kopskuiwe gee aan ouers en onderwysers praktiese en konstruktiewe oplossings vir leerprobleme, wat tuis en in die klaskamer toegepas kan word.

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Linkerbrein, regterbrein of heelbrein?
2009-05-16
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Breindominansie, sensoriese voorkeure (soos visuele, ouditiewe of kinestetiese leervoorkeur) en selfs iets soos links- of regshandigheid, vorm alles deel van ons oorlewingstoerusting. Om vinnige reaksies te verseker, is een helfte van die brein geneties dominant sodat dit voor die ander helfte kan reageer. Alhoewel die geneties dominante deel van die brein ‘n invloed uitoefen op hoe ‘n kind optree, reageer en leer gedurende tye van stress, glo die Mind Moves Instituut dat heelbreinleer moontlik is deur die nie-dominante dele te ontwikkel

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Left brain, right brain or whole brain?
2009-05-16
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Brain dominance, sensory preferences (like a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic preference for learning) and even something like left or right handedness, are all part of our survival equipment. For speedy reactions one half of the brain is genetically dominant to respond before the other. Although the genetically dominant part of the brain influences the way a child behaves, responds and learns during times of stress, the Mind Moves Institute believes that whole brain learning is possible by developing the non-dominant parts.

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Crawling/creeping: is it important?
2009-05-12
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Movement plays an important role in the development of the baby’s body and brain. Crawling/creeping is not only an important motor developmental milestone, but also an important brain developmental milestone. The value of crawling/creeping is immeasurable in a child’s life, since it helps the body and brain in numerous ways i.e. it improves muscle tone, eye-hand coordination and fine motor control. Crawling boosts social development and forms new neural connections in the brain.

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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder as a barrier to learning
2009-05-12
Verena Prinsloo
verena.prinsloo@mind-moves.com

OMD can have several consequences like lisping, a heavy tongue or continuous licking of lips. Due to the weak muscle tone of the lips, children showing an OMD are also prone to teeth decay, since the natural cleaning system of sucking saliva through the rows of teeth while swallowing with closed lips, cannot occur. Even though there are several physiological reasons for this, something like an aberrant Rooting and Sucking Reflex as another possible cause, reveals a whole new perception to this disorder.

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The Sequence of Primitive Reflex Development
2009-05-02
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The important role of the primitive reflexes in establishing the development of an integrated sensory-motor system has resulted in many movement programmes. Research at the Mind Moves® Institute has found that the sequence of primitive reflex development is of utmost importance when recommending a movement programme that will help a child with uncontrolled and inappropriate movements to function independently and with confidence.

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Crossing the midline
2009-03-15
Living and Loving: Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Is your child able to spread peanut butter on a piece of bread? Can she cross her legs? Believe it or not, but these skills are learned when your child starts crawling. Every baby must crawl before 14 months in order to learn to cross the midline. When a child crawls, the eyes learn to focus at arm’s length, which is necessary for reading and writing. Crawling gets both sides of the body working together to integrate the brain and helps with bilateral integration.

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The Importance of Touch
2009-03-13
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The absence of loving touch may leave a baby in a withdrawal stage with an instinctive negative reaction to touch and contact. If this happens the baby may find it difficult to grasp onto mommy with its mouth and hold on to mommy with its hands. Since touch precedes vision and hearing as a way of learning, growth and development of the brain and body can also be influenced by a negative association with touch.

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I don't see clearly, what now?
2009-02-25
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Unclear vision can affect your sense of self and your academic and work performance - and in so doing, your relationships. Although something like nearsightedness and farsightedness can be corrected by surgical procedures or wearing lenses, changing what you think, feel and believe as well as improving your posture and developing your vestibular system may also result in better vision. These emotional and physical barriers to better eyesight can be addressed by a Mind Moves Reflex Inhibition program.

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Pre- reading and spelling skills
2009-01-05
Hayley Cockcroft
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Pre-reading and spelling skills development begins at birth and goes hand-in-hand with the sequential stages of development in children so they can reach each milestone in sequence. When a child is provided with sufficient opportunities to develop physically, emotionally and intellectually, he is usually school ready by the compulsory school age. School readiness requires visual and auditory perception skills as well as core muscle development – something that can easily be improved by Mind Moves.

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Barriers to reading and spelling
2008-12-23
Hayley Cockcroft
institute@mindmoves.co.za

Just because a learner looks normal, do not assume that he has the equipment needed to read and spell. The ability to read and spell competently is the vehicle which transports the learner into the world of learning. A child's inability to spell may result in struggling to communicate accurately on paper. Literacy eludes one when gross and fine motor skills, sensory integration, auditory and visual perception are not developed – all which can be addressed by selective Mind Moves.

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Splendid spelling
2008-12-11
Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Learning to spell accurately can be addressed by following these 10 easy steps.

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Movement is learning!
2008-04-30
Natural Medicine - Dr Melodie de Jager
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The ABGAR count at birth and developmental milestones like sucking, rolling, sitting, crawling, walking and talking are used to determine if development is unfolding as it should. If a milestone has been skipped, a neurological weakness may exist. This weakness may mean that a child has not moved enough in a specific way and it may influence his physical, emotional and intellectual ability to learn.

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Removing Barriers to Learning - Dr Melodie de Jager
2007-05-14
Review
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

Melodie de Jager looks at the blueprint for learning that lies in the natural development of the reflex system and improves the neural connections needed to link the sensory-motor systems in the body. The neural system is stimulated and developed through movement. Doing Mind Moves can develop this neural system and helps preventing or removing specific barriers to learning.

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Melodie opens minds for learning
2007-05-01
GetLearning Magazine
melodie.dejager@mindmoves.co.za

The mind and body are intrinsically linked in the process of learning. "Where there's learning to be done, you rely on the mechanics of your entire body. The way we learn is that our senses receive information, our brain must process this information, check it against past memories, decide whether the information needs to be edited, deleted or stored, then the muscles need to respond"

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