Brain Gym: Help yourself, help others.

Last summer, a physical therapist who took my Brain Gym 101 course was quite taken with the difference in her pencil grip after a very short and simple balance for writing.  While it was a longstanding source of frustration for her, she’d not been focused on how she held her pen, but in the midst of doing the exercises, something changed.  Therapists, look at the before and after pictures:  Brain Gym ROCKS!   (The rest of us don’t see as big of a change, but the PT assured me it was a huge step in something that had bothered her awhile.)…

You’ll want Kleenex AND pom-poms for this one: You can’t help but cry and cheer

I saw 10-year-old John yesterday for the first time. He had two homes before going to his adoptive family 8 years ago, and has more than the usual level of difficulties. He seemed brighter and happier when he left, and his mom, Julie, was very receptive to the therapy and home plan. Six hours later, I received this email (bolded text, mine throughout): Dear Ruth, John has seemed “terrific” today after his session with you.  (His word).  He is calmer, better able to understand jokes, and just generally happier and more loving.  The latter is pretty giant, in his case. …

Healing from early childhood trauma

Attachment and Bonding — not JUST for adoptive children Difficulties with attachment/bonding issues are particularly prominent when I deal with children who’ve been adopted. Emotional trauma frequently combines with physical and/or neglect. My heart goes out to them, their parents and siblings. I’m starting to see a number of new clients with adoptive-related issues. Here’s what one set of parents said about their children, who had been coming to about 3 months when Tom (dad) wrote: Since Robert and Victoria have begun their motion training, we have seen great improvement in their awareness of their surroundings.   They are more…