Autism, Head Lag and the Core of Wellbeing

Newborn head lag

A newborn, when lifted from a supine position by its arms, will  not be able to hold its head up. The head flops back in what is commonly referred to as “head lag.”  This is entirely normal for a brand new baby, and almost everyone assumes this is the result of the baby not yet having had an opportunity to develop  strength in his or her neck muscles.

By the age of three or four months, however, a naturally developing infant will be able to bring the head up in line with the body. It is commonly believed that the baby has now developed the requisite neck strength to bring the head up, but, in fact, something far more “global” is taking place here. Continue reading

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The Physical Rules of Having & Being a Body

This video describes the principles of natural alignment that are the basis for everything I write about here. People often want to know if these “rules” are at odds with established, well-known exercise programs or movement education methods. They can be, if they’re done in opposition to the body’s natural design. By contrast, this also helps explain why certain non-stretching or non-strengthening approaches such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais can be so beneficial. Any one of these methods can be practiced in ways that conform to the body’s design, or not, and this nifty little video shows us what the bottom-line alignment looks like. It boils down to the simple fact that the design of the human body is governed by physical laws that apply to physics, engineering and architecture, and conforming to these laws is a non-negotiable requirement for experiencing comfort, ease, natural flexibility, authentic strength and enduring vitality.

Revisiting SIDS & Back Sleeping: More questions than answers

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Losing a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a horrifying event for a parent, made all the worse by the fact that there is no known cause that can explain why a baby dies for no apparent reason. Concerned that the common practice of prone sleeping (on the stomach) might contribute to SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics launched the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1992 and, from that time forward, along with its counterparts in select countries, AAP has recommended that all babies sleep on their backs at all times.

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Belly-to-Earth Builds a Core of Wellbeing

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Newborns of all species begin moving, literally, toward biologically-driven goals from the moment they arrive in this world. Baby kittens, mewing loudly with eyes shut tight, are soon clamoring one on top of the other, pushing their way through a pile of wriggling siblings, in search of the mother cat’s milk. Behaving as if they were born starving, new kittens instinctively root around, attaching themselves to their matrix, with a determination that’s driven by an instinct for survival.

 

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Empowering Babies to Grow Themselves Towards Health

Empowering Babies to Grow Themselves Towards Health

This post has been renamed and expanded upon from its earlier publication as “Losing the Ballgame Before It’s Begun.”

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After delivering a presentation at a conference on learning disabilities recently, I was approached by a number of parents whose children are challenged with a variety of neurological disorders. One after another, they said essentially the same thing to me: “You just told my child’s story!”

This isn’t a surprise. The story I had just told, using images as much as words, is one shared by babies everywhere in our modern world who spend almost every waking and sleeping moment in a supine position (on the back) or propped up in a semi-reclining position in one sort of device or another—a bouncy seat, a baby swing, a car seat or stroller—always with the weight of the body somewhere on the back of the pelvis. This, it turns out, is a physically disempowering position Continue reading

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