Trouble with reading?

Reading should be enjoyable and easy, but for some children reading is very difficult and stressful.  As we aren’t inside their heads we don’t know what is happening for them, how they are perceiving the letters and words on the page and how challenging they might find reading.   Here is a list of some of the cues or behaviours they may exhibit if they are finding reading difficult:

  1. Experiencing headaches when readingtrouble-with-reading
  2. Guessing words which they should know for their age and ability
  3. Being easily distracted
  4. Either moving the book around or their body around (squirming) while reading
  5. Constantly loosing their place on the page
  6. Switching letters around, ie the word is now however what is said is won
  7. Experiencing stomachaches
  8. Unable to sound out words
  9. Avoidance of reading like getting their sibling to read for them

If this sounds like your child what can you do?

  • Have their eyes checked by an Optometrist to confirm there is no issues with vision, signs of injury or ocular disease
  • Another area to check is the functional visual efficiency which is done by a Behavioural Optometrist. The functional visual efficiency influences the way we interpret what we see and is therefore not solely dependant on how clear the eyesight is.
  • When your child is reading use cards to cover some of the lines on the page so that they can focus on the line they are reading
  • Have you child read books on subjects that interest them ie trains, dinosaurs, horses
  • Comic books are also great as there are more pictures than words and so can be less overwhelming for some children
  • Use every day situations to encourage your child to read, ie reading the shopping list, reading the instructions of a toy they wish to make, reading the recipe

You can also bring them in for some Kinesiology so that we can find out what the stressors are that are affecting your child’s reading and diffuse them.  I can also teach you and your child some easy Self Help Techniques which can be done before reading and homework which helps with releasing stress and improves brain integration.  By taking the stress out of reading, symptoms like headaches and stomaches are also alleviated and reading improves.

In good health, Vicki

What is Kinesiology?

muscle-testing-kinesiologyKinesiology is a holistic system of natural health care that combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy balancing and other healing modalities.  Originating in the 1970’s, with its foundation in Chiropractics, it works with the inter-relationship between body structure, chemistry, the mind and emotions, and energy systems to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.  Kinesiology assessment uses muscle monitoring (assessing the quality of the muscle response not its strength) to let the body reveal precisely the location and / or nature of its imbalances, and dictate its preference for treatment.  It uses a range of gentle yet powerful corrections and treatments, which bring about instant change and balance.

Illness does not arrive suddenly, though it may seem to do so: it is usually the result of a build-up of stress, physical or emotional, leading to imbalances in the body / mind system which ultimately lead to physical symptoms.  For someone to be completely healthy, the body / mind system needs to be functioning well, and in harmony.

Kinesiology can assist with:muscle-testing-kinesiology

  • pain relief, physical or emotional 
  • stress management
  • headaches   
  • emotional well-being
  • finding direction and clarity
  • increase your energy
  • muscular-skeletal problems
  • dysfunctional behaviour patterns 
  • making learning easier
  • freeing an individual from past blockages

Whatever the symptoms, Kinesiology balances the body and puts it in the optimum state to heal itself, by removing the negative stresses, be they physical, chemical or emotional.  Regular maintenance with Kinesiology can prevent this build-up from occurring.

In good health, Vicki

Winter Solstice and Setting goals

It has been a crazy couple of weeks here to the lead up of the Winter Solstice! The longest night and the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. The Winter Solstice is between 19th – 22nd June which represents a time of reflecting on the last year, releasing of the old and negative things like feelings, behaviours, habits and beliefs and focusing on what you wish to achieve for the coming year.  The days start to get longer and it a great time to write down exactly where you wish to be in the coming year and then take action.

Look at all the areas of your life, here are some suggestions:goal-setting

  • Relationships
  • Home Environment
  • Physical Activity
  • Education
  • Career
  • Finances
  • Creativity
  • Health
  • Spirituality
  • Social Life

and then rate how satisfied you are with each area.  There is no right and wrong answers it is just an exercise to give you a starting point.  Then pick one or two areas that you would like to work on for the next 3 months then answer these questions:

  1. In 3 months what would you like to have achieved in that area of  your life?
  2. What will it look like?
  3. What will it feel like?
  4. How will you know that you have achieved your goal?

For example for me I am not satisfied with the area of Physical Activity so I am going to focus on that.  So to answer the questions above:

  1. I would like to be consistently running 3 times a week and able to run 9kms.
  2. Each Tues, Thurs and one day on the weekend I go for a run.  Tues and Thurs are either intervals, hills or a shorter run.  The weekend run is a longer run.
  3. Each week I add kms to my long run so that I am able to run 9kms in 3 months time.
  4. I will know that I have achieved my goal because in Sept I will participate in the Sydney Running Festival Bridge run – running across the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House.  I will run the entire way which is 9kms.

Your goals need to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.  smart-goals

My goal to run 9kms is just this:

Specific – to run 9kms

Measurable – I can measure 9kms so will know if I have achieved this

Attainable – this goal is a stretch, so will put me outside my comfort zone, yet is is achievable

Relevant – I’m wanting to increase my physical activity

Time-Bound – The Sydney Running Festival in on 21 Sept 2014 and I have already entered my details

Once you have implemented the action needed to achieve your goal in the area of your life that you have picked and it is becoming a habit start on another area that your where not satisfied with.

Also get support from family, friends, groups etc.  It is much easier to achieve goals when you have support from others. This support can be in the form or helping to be accountable, a family member or friend who also wants to achieve a similar goal, a group that meets weekly, like for meditation, running, business etc.

What area of life are you focusing on and what is your goal?