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Tendril Kinetics has begun development of online resources to share a wide range of information for professionals and families. Currently, here are resources geared primarily towards the younger child. This page will be updated in the near future to provide more books, articles, and research links with the intention of being a continually growing reference tool with relevance for all ages and abilities.


Bright from the Start by Jill Stamm, PhD. (2008)

The Developing Brain: Birth to Age 8 by Marilee Sprenger  (2008)

What’s Going On In There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life  by Lise Eliot, PhD (2000)

Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence by Jane M. Healy, PhD. (2004)

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Tina Payne Bryson, PhD  (2012)

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College  by Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang (Reprint 2012)

A User's Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain (2002) & Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2013) by John Ratey MD


A Moving Child Is A Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7) by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy  (2013)

Move, Play, and Learn with Smart StepsSequenced Activities to Build the Body and the Brain (Birth to Age 7) by Gill Connell, Wendy Pirie, and Cheryl McCarthy  (2016)

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hansom  (2016)

Movements that Heal: Rhythmic Movement Training and Primitive Reflex Integration by Harald Blomberg MD with Moira Dempsey  (2011)

The Rhythmic Movement Method: A Revolutionary Approach to Improved Health and Well-Being Harald Blomberg MD  (2015)

Reflexes Learning and Behavior: A Window into a Child’s Mind: A Non-Invasive Approach to Solving Learning & Behavior Problems by Sally Goddard  (2005)

The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning by Sally Goddard Blythe (2006)

Integration of Dynamic and Postural Reflexes Into the Whole Body Movement System by Svetlana Masgutova and Nelly Akhmatova  (2004)

Why Motor Skills Matter: Improve Your Child's Physical Development to Enhance Learning and Self-Esteem by Tara Losquadro Liddle  (2003)

Sensory Integration and the Child by A. Jean Ayres, PhD  (1979)

Understanding Your Child's Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers (3rd Edition 2011) & Understanding your Baby’s Sensory Signals (2014) by Angie Voss OTR/L

The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (Revised Edition 2006)  and  The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (2006)  by Carol Stock Kranowitz. MA

Brain Gym® Teachers Edition Revised 2010 by Dr. Paul and Gail Dennison  (2010)

Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head by Carla Hannaford, PhD  (2nd Edition 2010)

Movement Based Learning For Children of All Abilities (2nd Edition 2012) & I Am The Child (2nd edition 2010) by Cecilia Koester, MEd

Educate Your Brain by Kathy Brown (2012)

On the Way to Walking by Lenore Grubinger, RSMT, IDME, CST (2015)

Does Your Baby Have Autism?: Detecting the Earliest Signs of Autism Teitelbaum, O. and Teitelbaum, P (2007)

Kids Beyond Limits: The Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child With Special Needs by Anat Baniel  (2012)

NEURODEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT & ACTIVITY Websites    Brain Gym® International which is the non-profit organization that overseas licensing for Brain Gym® Instructor/Practitioners as well as administration for all Brain Gym® courses. There are many resources on this site for those who want to learn more about Brain Gym®. It offers a comprehensive listing of all upcoming approved Brain Gym® courses throughout the world.   The website of Cecilia Koester, creator of the Brain Gym® 170 for Special Needs course and author of several books including Movement Based Learning. Cece is an exceptional teacher and practitioner and is my mentor teacher in Brain Gym®.   Rhythmic Movement Training International™ is a reflex integration method that combines rhythmic movements with in-depth reflex integration techniques to create an effective program for individuals of all ages and abilities and taught by a network of certified trainers under the direction of co-founder, Moira Dempsey.   The website of Sonia Story, certified Rhythmic Movement Training™ practitioner and Level 1, 2 & 3 Instructor. Sonia is a highly knowledgeable and passionate teacher and practitioner and has a website full of RMT case studies and information on the importance of neurodevelopment movement.   The website of Bill Hubert, developer of Bal-A-Vis-X®.   The website of Gill Connell, author of A Moving Child is a Learning Child. It is full of information and resources especially relevant for children 0-8 years of age.   Website of OT Jill Mays with great resources on targeted sensorimotor activities for parents and teachers to do with children.   Website of OT Angie Voss with great assessment tools and resources on sensory integration for parents and professionals.  Website of OT Claire Heffrom and PT Lauren Drobnjak with lots of resources on child development and activities.   Website with a wide range of activity ideas divided by age and types of activities (gross motor, fine motor, creativity, etc…)


Wolpert, D. (2014). The real reason for brains. TED talk.

Cox, Robyn. (Updated 2008). Get Ready for School – Early Childhood & Early Primary


Hotting, K. and Roder, B. (2013). Beneficial effects of physical exercise on neuroplasticity and cognition. Neuroscience Biobehavior Review, 37, 2243-57.

Ploughman, M. (2008). Exercise is brain food: the effects of physical activity on cognitive function. Developmental Neurorehabilitiation, 3, 236-40

Holley, P.A. (2010). Why do some children learn more easily than others? What physical factors influence effective learning? Masters Thesis. School of Education, Melbourne University.

Iverson, J. and Wozniak, R. ( 2007). Variation in Vocal-Motor Development in Infant Siblings of Children with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 37(1): 158-170

Taylor, M., Houghton, S., & Chapman, E. (2004). Primitive Reflexes and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder: Developmental Origins of Classroom Dysfunction. International Journal of Special Education, 19(1), online - approx 5-20pp.

Jordan-Black, J. (2005). The effects of the Primary Movement programme on academic performance of children attending ordinary primary school. The Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, vol. 5, issue 3, 101–11.

Konicarova, J., Bob, P, Raboch, J. (2013). Persisting primitive reflexes in medication-naïve girls with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder. The Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 9: 1457-1462

Blythe, S.G., Hyland, D. (1998). Screening for Neurological Dysfunction in the Specific Learning Difficulty Child. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Volume 61, Number 10, 459-464(6).

Blythe, S.G. (2001). Neurological Dysfunction as a Significant Factor in Children with Dyslexia. The British Journal of Behavioral Optometry. Volume 12, Number 6, 145.

Blythe, S.G. (2005)Releasing Educational Potential Through Movement: A Summary of Individual Studies Carried Out Using the INPP Test Battery and Developmental Exercise Programme for use in Schools with Children with Special Needs. Child Care In Practice. Vol. 11 , Number 4.

Brain Gym® is a registered trademark of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation, Ventura, CA. More info, visit

Rhythmic Movement Training™ is a registered trademark of  Rhythmic Movement Training International. More info, visit

Bal-A-Vis-X ® is a registered trademark of  Bal-A-Vis-X, Inc. Originated by Bill Hubert, Wichita, KS. More info, visit

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