Navigating the TriAngle of Development: Eyes, ears, and vestibular systems

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Navigating the Triangle of Development: Eyes, ears, and vestibular systems

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Today we will be exploring the intricate dance between eye movement patterns and brain function.

We discuss the “Triangle of Development” with its cornerstones: the eyes, ears, and vestibular system, and how pivotal they are from the earliest stages of life. The development of the eyes, including the muscles and neurological connections, is crucial from birth and deeply intertwined with the coordination of the ears to help us navigate and understand the world around us.

The ‘Triangle of Development’ is a concept that I’ve introduced with my patients based on my extensive practice and even contributing to the creation of a piece of medical equipment.

This triangle consists of the eyes, the ears, and the vestibular system—three essential components that connect to create a foundation for our neurological and sensory development. Understanding these connections can really help us understand the causes behind attention issues, anxiety, developmental delays, and language struggles.

We know that the special senses, including sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch, are the electrical information to the brain. With the vestibular system joining in before these senses, they all play a crucial part in how we perceive and interact with the world.

We also touch upon the primitive reflex known as the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR), its role in the critical early months post-birth, and why rushing its integration can have unanticipated repercussions on a child’s development.

Excitingly, we’ll introduce our new “Jump Start Test” and the “Fantastic Seven” exercises designed to address primitive reflexes and core stability. This program is a leap towards transforming our understanding of neurology and behavior.

Stay tuned to learn more about the developmental sequences that are key to our neurological efficiency and overall well-being.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The relationship between ocular motor skills and emotional regulation
  • Consequences of eye movement issues on anxiety and stress
  • Addressing eye movement issues for emotional and cognitive improvements
  • The role of the asymmetrical tonic neck reflex (ATNR) in development
  • Potential negative impacts of rushing reflex integration or milestones like potty training
  • The protective role and developmental significance of reflexes from the womb to infancy
  • The “Jump Start Test” and its core exercises for developmental enhancement

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More about Connect My Brain:

Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you are the parent of a developmentally delayed child then you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.

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