Movement development
The significance of early movement development
After birth, the child is no longer protected by the ideal and peaceful environment that the uterus provides; suddenly (s)he is surrounded by all sorts of stimuli that are sometimes too overwhelming for him/her. And although nature has provided children with a number of primitive reflexes (involuntary functioning and reactions to external effects) which are indispensable for survival, as the child is developing, (s)he will soon need different reflexes and reactions. These newly acquired skills will gradually have to replace primitive reflexes.Should anything disrupt this delicate balance, these reflexes will not disappear and make way for the new ones; thus intervening with the child's development. This disruption in turn can later cause poor learning skills and fine motor activity, meaning that the child will have difficulty learning to draw and write or will not be able to articulate his/her speech, but it might be the reason for bed-wetting and seasickness, too.
Patented in 1994, the HRG method is a Hungarian rehabilitation process that can be applied in lukewarm water. Children who require this kind of treatment will normally be able to learn and carry out all its 600 exercises within 2-3 years.
The fact that children show complex improvement in the fields of movement, attention, speech, social integration and cognitive thinking proves that the HRG therapy is both successful and effective. The trainings do not only help children develop gross motor activity, focusing, praxis, a sense of body scheme, spatial orientation, laterality and dominance, but greatly improve their sense of rhythm, seriality and motor creativity, too.
The main tasks of movement development are:
- to diminish sensory motor deprivation which is the result of less motor activity
- to make up for missing developmental steps in the sensory motor field by specially directed stimuli and by provoking facilitated and passive movement (movement perception)
- to create optimal conditions for the child to experience his/her own body (body image, body scheme, movement coordination)
- to create optimal conditions for spontaneous development according to the physiological movement sequence (finding the initial body positions that will inhibit pathological movement patterns, providing appropriate space and time for practising active movements, right from head control and standing up)
- to connect movement education with sensing and perception, with movements necessary for everyday activities and with developmental care.