What to do?
By replicating the stage of development and completing easy, daily exercises, we can train our body to work through the retained TLR. While 30 days of exercise may be enough to make changes in a child’s sequencing ability, it may take up to six months of daily exercise to fully develop the muscles.
Here’s one daily exercise to help integrate TLR:
“Simple Fly to the Moon exercise to integrate Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
- Every day, have the student lie on their stomach, up on their elbows. Hold for 30 seconds at a time, working up to 3 minutes a day.
- In order to isolate the muscles in the upper body, the legs and buttocks should be resting. It may be very difficult at first—have the child do this at their own capability, but each day challenging for more.
- This must be done at least 5 days a week in order to make real changes in the brain and the body.
- When the child is ready, have them see if they can hold both elbows up off the floor, causing the entire upper body to be off the floor.
- Start with however long they can accomplish this—even if only 10 seconds. Challenge each day to go a little longer.
The goal is to be able to sequence well, and most children achieve this in 30 days. Physically, the goal of being able to hold up the upper body without pain for 3 minutes may take longer, as much as 6 months.”