‘I know my child is smart if only they would sit and listen.’ There is a hierarchy in your brain that develops in a step-by-step sequence from your base reptilian brain (movement and survival orientated) to your limbic brain (emotional regulation and interaction with the world) to your cortex and frontal lobes (learning). You need your brain to be able to access the frontal lobes to learn at school – all this wiggling in their chair, poor posture, fighting and constant chatter is a clear indication that your child’s brain is struggling.

This persistent pattern of inattention often labelled Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), global development delay (GDD) and ‘almost autistic by parents and schools is not what the label suggests. Carla Hannaford, author of ‘Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head,’ has a more adept label.
SOSOH – Stressed Out, Survival Orientated Humans.

Referring to non integrated, lopsided brain functioning, a tendency to operate reflexively and/or reactively from survival centres in the brain stem and the sympathy nervous system. Stress necessitates an overemphasis on the lower brain (survival) at the expense of the limbic (emotional centres) and cortical functioning (learning) so these children have less opportunity to develop nerve nets in their frontal lobes and may exhibit learning difficulties as a result.

Characteristics of underdeveloped brain functioning:

  • Lack of fine motor coordination
  • Constant, erratic, non-graceful, adrenalin – initiated movement
  • Constant external chatter
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Learning difficulties
  • Due to their brain not being developed to have the conditions necessary for emotional wiring they also exhibit a lack of deep feelings such as empathy, compassion and love for other and their needs and feelings

How can Therapy Help?

Successful academic learning relies upon adequate mastery of motor
skills: reading, for example, involves development and control of smooth
eye movements to send an orderly flow of sequential information to the
brain; eye movements are a motor skill.
In order to write, a child needs to have developed hand–eye coordination, which is also a motor skill.
Sitting still and paying attention require postural control, balance, and
orientation,  cortical centers implicated in the maintenance of attention; aspects of mathematics require spatial skills and communication between the two sides of the cerebral cortex
(left and right hemispheres) to cooperate in solving problems in a   sequen­tial fashion.
Your body must have these pathways to built in movement, movement not only expresses knowledge and facilitates greater cognitive function, it actually grows the brain as the movements increase in complexity.


Our entire brain structure is intimately connected to and grown by the movement mechanisms within our body.


Key Learning for Children with ADD or ADHD

Neurological and Structural corrections are made

The body is in a position to learn.
They are out of survival mode or 'Fight and Flight' and now feel they have the necessary conditions to be able to concentrate to evolve and learn

Learning Postural Control, Balance and Motor Skills

There are movement sequences that must be practiced daily for maximum benefit. Just as your body needs to cross from one side to the other to complete daily living skills so does your brain needs to cross from one side to the other for information, these need to be integrated.

Sensory Integration

Modification of sensory tracts as a result of sensory input to strengthen their use of touch (tactile), sense of balance (vestibular), and awareness of where their body and its parts are in space (proprioceptive).

Get in touch


Centre of Movement
Ground Floor, Suite 3
328 Scottsdale Drive
Robina, QLD 4226

Contact Us

Phone: + 1 800 755 60 20
Mobile: 0405 543 424

Our Hours

MON-FRI 9:00am – 5:00pm

Close Menu