Developing the Brain with Gill Brooksmith

Rhythmic Movement Training Courses

RMT is a practice dedicated to bringing integration and balance to children and adults with specific learning obstacles including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, coordination difficulties Autism Spectrum Disorders and Parkinson’s disease. It can also benefit people with mild to severe emotional and behavioural challenges, anxiety, panic, and general life overwhelm.

RMT is based on the work and contributions of Swedish self-taught movement therapist Kerstin Linde, Swedish psychiatrist Harald Blomberg and Australian educator and kinesiologist Moira Dempsey.

Babies natural  movements  were modified into exercises that provide an effective  means of stimulating the tactile (touch), vestibular (balance and gravity) and proprioceptive (inner awareness of body) senses for integrated system operation

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Level 1 – Focus, Organisation & Comprehension

In this 2-day course students learn the basics of Rhythmic Movement Training: how to do the movements; how rhythmic exercises can be utilised to regulate muscle tone, stimulate the brain in order to improve attention and control of impulses and to diminish hyperactivity. The course also includes information on the most important primitive reflexes often involved in ADHD/ADD and how to integrate them with rhythmic exercises.

No previous knowledge required, open to anyone

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Level 2 – Emotions, Memory & Behaviour

This 2-day course addresses how Rhythmic Movement Training affects our emotions, how to work with the movements to get in touch with our emotions and to stabilize them when they threaten to take control. The students also learn about reflexes that especially affect our emotions, the Fear Paralysis and the Moro reflex. It also examines how stress and daily life affects our bodies and how RMT can help to relax and ease muscle tension.

Pre-requisite: RMT Level 1

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Level 3 - Reading & Writing

In this 2-day course students learn how reading and writing ability is affected by factors such as our vision, our ability to recognise the sounds of the language and our motor ability. We learn how to test non-integrated primitive reflexes and recognise other motor disabilities that are important for dyslexia. How reading and writing ability can be helped by correcting these problems with rhythmic exercises and reflex integration exercises.

Pre-requisite: RMT Level 1 & preferably Level 2.

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Making Connections

A really dynamic course! Construct the brain from the bottom up, make the connections between the hindbrain, midbrain and forebrain so that the prefontal cortex establishes the ability to coordinate actions, feelings and thoughts. Experience how RMTi builds neurology and neural maturity. Pinpoint which parts of our brain need to link up to promote co-ordination, to process auditory and visual information, to have the ability to sit still and to manage our emotions. Use powerful tools to Make the Connections to areas vital for focus, attention, comprehension and movement.

Pre-requisite: Preferably RMT Level 1 & 2

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School Readiness

This course is geared for working with groups - from pre-school upwards!

You will learn to:

  • Look at movement and development to identify when primitive reflexes are not integrated
  • Understand the reasons why unintegreated reflexes are a major factor in challenges such as ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, autism, chronic stress, overwhelm and other learning and behavioural difficulties
  • Build a store of activities and games that make integrating reflexes fun

Integrating reflexes ensures success in formal learning for all.

Pre-requisite: No previous knowledge required, open to anyone.

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Face the Fear

This course expands our understanding of the role reflexes play in developing a sense of safety so we can learn to live with a sense of belonging, stability and confidence. The establishment of a healthy ability to bond and attach is essential for developing our ability to express and communicate on all levels – physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and behaviourally.

Pre-requisite: RMT Level 1 & Level 2.

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