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Looking at children differently

One of the most important starting points in my work with people is that my client feels at ease, safely. A basic condition for working together and for changing. Especially when working with children, there is a lot of attention for the feeling of safety.

I go for a thorough approach, from the foundation. By carefully examining the development of a child, a good picture of his or her basis is created. Is the foundation strong enough, or are there links missing so that further development is impeded? After having tracked this, I am going to work specifically. When we build a solid foundation, we work on (learning) gaps if necessary, which now have the ground to stay.

Some of the methods I work with:

Reflex integration

A medicine-free approach for learning, sensory, emotional and behavioral challenges.

As a baby, everyone has had primary reflexes. These are necessary for development and should automatically disappear. If they are not fully integrated they can cause all sorts of problems! Motor problems and learning problems can often be traced back to these reflex residues. The reflex remnants can be removed through practice!

Why is it that more and more children seem to be having ADD / ADHD, autism, dyslexia, language development disorders, learning difficulties and so on? To answer this question, it is important to look at what is fundamentally needed for development: movement and a good, healthy environment are very important by that. If we look at that, we can understand why this foundation has not been laid out well in many children.

Movement is essential for babies. They have to follow their inner innate primitive reflex programs with which they begin to develop in the womb until they fully integrate into the entire body movement system. When steps are missed – due to birth trauma, environmental factors, spending too much time in baby seats, and thus too little time to discover and develop on the ground, the foundation for proper brain development and postural function is not well established. Also environmental factors such as contamination, electromagnetic fields, vaccinations and poor nutrition, leads to many children with developmental problems that do not function well and have health-related challenges.

Reflexintegration is about resetting this foundation. With simple exercises the possibilities of the brain and nervous system are stimulated to create new nerve connections. The exercises help the person develop and physically, emotionally and mentally recover. The exercises exist as congenital motoric primitive reflex patterns that must be activated and integrated so that a child can develop normally.

So if you recognize a child: difficult to sit still; problems with concentration; bites a lot on fingers, clothes, pencils; stumbles over his own legs, is motorized awkwardly; seems smart enough but it does not matter what is in it; can not stay upright, keep the head crooked or supports it; learning to cycle and / or swim went or is problematic….

…Probably there are still active reflexes, so your child has to work a lot harder than normal to learn things. As a result, stress can also arise, so that the learning process does not start well.-

I would like to help you integrate the reflexes so that the body and the brain work better together. We are building a solid foundation. The child experiences more rest and comes back into balance. The development can (finally) continue.


Stress regulation /  trauma

With the heart coherence method I use the breath to bring balance back into the body, from an awareness of the client. It is a nice and safe way to have the control (again) in your own body. A biofeedback program can be used for this. Besides that, I use my knowledge of traumawork in working with people, for example, to advise parents on how to deal with their children in specific situations, particularly with regard to attachment and connection.


Visual learning

Scientific research shows that all people in their infancy develop a preference for the visual learning system (image thinking) or the linguistic learning system (language thinking). This preference remains present throughout life and influences how someone acquires and processes his information.

Visual thinkers can experience problems in reading, spelling, math and organizing in our language education system. Not because the curriculum is too difficult, but because the linguistic way of teaching does not fit in with their visual learning system. Visual thinking is much more than thinking in images. It is thinking in images and events and the preference to visually and associatively record, process and remember your information. Visual thinking is a talent! Visual thinkers often have a hard time at school where the subject matter is mainly offered in words and sentences. Learning often does not go as fast as we would like, whereas visual thinkers are often very fast thinkers! That learning does not succeed often arises from inability.

By early identification of visual thinking, help can be offered as quickly as possible. By means of an individual educational visual thinking research it can be determined whether a child is a visual thinker or not. This research can be carried out in consultation with parents and teachers, so that preventive measures can be taken by them. In addition, the research provides a good insight into personality traits, the learning and thinking level of your child, which are strong and weak lessons and whether the eyes work well together. The procedure consists of an intake, the investigation with the child and reporting. One of the instruments that is used by this research is the World Game.



Are you interested in this approach? I am curious what you would like to know more about. Please, let me know via this form.

Annemieke also provides training and workshops for education and therapists. Would you like to get in touch with Annemieke?

Annemieke works in and from the Netherlands. A few times a year she is in Bucharest (Romania) to provide a training and work with children and parents. She will be there again in mid-October 2018. Then she is organizing an reflexintegration course, taught by Moira Dempsey ( ) It is also possible to arrange a consultation with Annemieke during that visit.

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