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Common behaviours

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Certain behaviours that we see in children can be evidence of physical problems that are affecting them and their ability to learn.

A lot of different factors are involved in creating the behaviours. A full assessment is the only way to determine what’s really going on. If you do recognise any of the behaviours listed below and you’d like to come and talk with us get in touch by email or call 9835 4030.

What you will notice about sounds and listening

Children who can’t process sounds well may:

  • Have a history of ear infection;
  • Make inappropriate responses to noise and show their discomfort though covering their ears or wanting to avoid certain noisy situations;
  • Have difficulty carrying out verbal instructions;
  • Be experiencing language delay;
  • Use phrases like ‘Huh’ and ‘What?’ all the time.

Read about Auditory Integration Training.

Behaviours you’ll see to do with seeing and eyes

Children who can’t process visual information well may:

  • Have squints or wandering eyes;
  • Look down a lot and find it hard to look up;
  • Look sideway at things;
  • Have sore or red eyes;
  • Have repeated headaches;
  • Find reading and writing difficult.

Read about Vision Therapy.

Reflexes

Children who have retained reflexes may:

  • Be angry, irritable, nervous and clumsy;
  • Adopt strange postures when sitting at a desk;
  • Have strange pencil grips;
  • Be wetting the bed;
  • Walk on tips toes, past the age of three years old;
  • Have impulsive uncontrolled movements;
  • Be labelled with a learning difficulties such as dyspraxia, dyslexia or autism.

Adults with retained reflexes are more prone to emotional disturbances and conditions like agoraphobia, car sickness and claustrophobia.

Why retained reflexes make such an impact
Here’s an example to show how retained reflexes affect us. Take the Moro reflex, the startle reflex. If this is still active you’ll get adrenalin rushes, in response to small things such as loud sounds. All this adrenalin rushing through the body on such a regular basis creates an unbalanced physical and emotional state. It’s easy to see how this could cause problems with learning and behaviour.

Read about the Reflex Inhibition Programme.

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June Webb is a trained educator and the parent of a child who has a learning difficulty. Read more about June here.