Reflex Integration & Movement Resources

As many of you know, I travel across the US and have courses in the US & UK to help occupational therapists and families learn helpful treatment strategies. One of my most frequently asked questions is ‘What are your favorite books for movement, mindfulness, and reflexes?’ So, each of my presentations contains pages of resources and attendees often remark about how helpful those pages are. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with my followers –resources for both therapists and caregivers. *Affiliate links are provided for your convenience


Smart Moves is a fabulous book discussing the entire body’s role in learning. Movement helps to integrate new information into our neural network and Carla Hannaford discusses the critical importance of sensory and movement in building our brains.
The book goes into depth about sensory, Brain Gym, nutrition,
learning disorders, and stress. It’s packed with information that’s relevant to OT and many of the children we treat.
Movements That Heal does not disappoint. This book discussed rhythmic Movement Training as well as integrating primitive reflexes. Chapters discuss the limbic system, the prefrontal cortex, dyslexia, basal ganglia, rhythmic movement related to learning disorders, autism, and psychosis. As a veteran therapist, I found that this book helped me to understand the foundation of RMT as well as information about specific techniques to integrate each reflex.
The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson should be a staple in any OT library. It’s a former NY Times Bestseller. The book discussed 12 strategies to nurture a child’s developing mind.
ANY work or article by Dr. Daniel Siegel is critical in understanding mindfulness and how our brains are wired. The visuals and cartoon examples help the reader to understand critical concepts. One of my favorite parts of the book is how interoception and awareness of our own body affects other systems and our function.
If you have a little extra money to spend, the Whole Brain Child Workbook is fabulous!

The Out of Sync Child Has Fun by my friend and a wonderful advocate for Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Carol Stock Kranowitz, contains more than one hundred activities. This book is a must-have for all OTs and caregivers. Carol keeps each activity SAFE – Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy.




Movement Courses:

I have personally taken this course and it truly changed my Pocket Occupational Therapist practice! Further, I use the techniques and activities with my own family and see wonderful results. You can help children and adults make outstanding progress with the unique tools from Brain and Sensory Foundations online training. You will be able to provide powerful help with this proven, evidenced-based system using innate brain-growing movements of infancy and special tools to enhance brain and sensory maturity. The results are spectacular! Therapists and parents report measurable, far-reaching benefits. They are especially delighted with the lasting improvements in sensory processing and functional skills.


The activities are FUN and ENJOYABLE to do and can be used for individuals of all ages to promote deep and lasting transformation in the brain, body, and sensory systems.  INCORPORATE THEM INTO FUNCTIONAL TASKS!! Don’t worry if movements are not themselves functional, none of our activities such as swinging, e-stim, or taping are FUNCTIONAL, they are used to achieve our functional goals!


These simple yet profound movements help transform: Anxiety Sensory issues Sleep issues Learning challenges ASD and ADHD symptoms Physical challenges Speech delay Social-Emotional challenges Anger, Depression FAS RAD PTSD Pain Brain Injury Perfect for everyone with busy schedules. The Brain and Sensory Foundations course is excellent for parents, OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, Vision Therapists, foster parents, counselors, social workers, educators, yoga and massage therapists, trauma specialists, healthcare providers, and caregivers.


Includes: • Online, video-based movement instruction available 24/7 • Course Manual, 100-page hardcopy, with color photos and instructions • Live, online group Q & A sessions, recorded for easy access • 1.6 CEUs awarded for OTs, OTAs completing the course • 8 CCUs for PTs, PTAs completing the course (FSBPT)

For more information click here to visit the Move, Play, Thrive website. Enroll for instant access to these excellent tools.

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YOGA training is always wonderful for OTs. I received my training as a children’s YOGA teacher through a local studio. The course was quite affordable and even covered the neurology of movement and its connection to brain development. Here are a few of my favorite YOGA book resources: YOGA for the Special Child can be used to help children with a variety of diagnoses.

YOGA for Children is wonderful and gives pictures of poses.



Movement Cards

I’ve created a helpful download of 200+ brain breaks, movement, breathing, YOGA, and sensory activities. Brain breaks are critical for increasing oxygen to the brain. Taking a break to focus on the environment around us helps to refocus. Think about your drive to work. Have you ever arrived at your location and wondered, ‘How did I get here?’ When we complete regular routines we often forget to breathe deeply or focus on the world around us. Here’s a suggestion, at each red light find three things around you that are green, or take a minute to focus on how your body feels in the car seat. Take a few deep breaths and use your senses to refresh and hit the ‘reset’ button.

Teach your students and clients to do the same before a test or long assignment. Use the movement cards to give you ideas.


Sensorimotor Interventions Book

Optimal function of our bodies occurs when our sensory and motor systems are strong and able to adapt to the demands of the environment. Today’s children often struggle with fidgeting, decreased attention, and immature motor patterns, which manifest themselves through frustration and behavior issues. When our body’s systems are not integrated to form a strong foundation, difficulties in many areas occur. This book provides education about using movement to improve overall function, including instruction and pictures for fun-based movement activities. A “menu” of activities for therapists is easily accessible by thumbing through the book; by organizing and categorizing activities by target area, therapists will enjoy choosing fun and easily duplicated therapeutic games. Various pieces of equipment designed for therapeutic purposes are commonly utilized by occupational therapists (OTs), and three creative and fun activities are illustrated and explained for each piece of equipment listed in the book. Each activity is broken down into specific target areas. Some target areas are: proprioceptive, tactile, vestibular systems, timing, spatial awareness, visual perception, sensory seeking, sensory modulation, posture, coordination, and many more!

Retained Reflexes Course – Brain & Sensory Foundations

Do you worry that you could be missing something in your approach to therapy? Do you wish you could have a bigger impact in a shorter amount of time? Do you want a step-by-step system that is tested, proven, and supported by evidence?

Cara’s Bestselling Book

Many people struggle with sensory processing difficulties. Regulating emotions, knowing when to eat, drink, go to the toilet, and feeling your breathing and heart rate all depend on our internal awareness.

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