Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning

Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning is to be published on 9th March 2012

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Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning

The INPP Development Screening Test and School Intervention Programme


Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning is a substantially revised and expanded edition of a long established INPP training manual that has been consistently proven in practice. The package includes tests for children, a developmental movement programme, and online access to INPP video training materials.

Attention, Balance and Coordination also includes:

  • Based on the proven INPP model for neuro-motor development screening andintervention, which is unique in having been rigorously evaluated in research and practice
  • Expands and revises an INPP manual which has previously only been available totraining customers, and which is a foundation stone of the overall INPP approach
  • Places emphasis on assessing children's physical development and howneuro-motor skills provide the foundations for learning success.
  • The package includes batteries of tests for younger and older children, a developmental movement programme, and online access to INPP video training materials

Now available to order from: cs-books@wiley.co.uk INPP also offers a training day in the use of this publication. For information on training www.inpp.org.uk/training

Screening test for Physicians

£20.00 plus package and postage

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Screening test for Physicians

Signs of Neuromotor Immaturity in Children and Adults


A simple screening tool designed to help general practitioners, paediatricians and doctors in child development units to identify children and adults who present with signs of neuromotor immaturity but who do not fit into any recognised diagnostic category. In other words, to identify patients who "fall through the net" both medically and educationally.

As there is no longer a national medical screening process in place for children at the time of school entry, or to track later neuromotor development at significant ages, many children with neuromotor immaturity present at school with educational or behavioural problems or in adult life with "secondary" neuroses. This screening tool has been specifically designed to help physicians bridge the gap between the professional domains of Medicine, Education and Psychology, to identify signs of neuromotor immaturity in children and adults, thereby enabling them to refer on to relevant agencies for further assessment and the implementation of effective developmental movement programmes.

Screening test for Physicians – Signs of Neuromotor Immaturity in children and adults, is to be published on 14th February 2012 and can be purchased via the INPP website or for more information please contact INPP.

ISBN: 978-0-9571343-0-0

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The Genius of Natural Childhood

RRP £14.99

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The Genius of Natural Childhood

Secrets of thriving children


Many children are just not ready for school at age 5. One reason may be that busy parents have abandoned nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, singing lullabies and playing with their children. Sally Goddard Blythe uses neuroscience to show just why such old fashioned ways are the secrets of thriving children in her eagerly awaited new book, The Genius of Natural Childhood

Here are the secrets of thriving children - why early movement matters and how games develop children's motor skills. Sally Goddard Blythe offers a handy starter kit of stories, action games, songs and rhymes and explains:

  • Why movement is essential for healthy brain development
  • Just how music, songs, lullabies and nursery rhymes prepare the brain for language
  • The importance of rough and tumble play for emotional and social development
  • How fairy tales help children face fears, develop empathy and moral behaviour
  • The links between learning problems, sedentary lifestyles and over exposure to the electronic media ·What to look for if your child doesn't seem ready for school
  • Favourite baby massage rhymes, action songs, finger plays and rhymes with Jane Williams of Gymbaroo

ISBN: 978-1-907359-04-0 Paperback

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Attention, Balance and Coordination

RRP £39.99/€87.80

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Attention, Balance and Coordination

The A.B.C. of Learning Success


In Attention, Balance and Coordination, Sally Goddard Blythe explores the physical basis for learning. She explains the importance of early reflexes, their functions in early development, and their effects on learning and behaviour if retained. Goddard Blythe also investigates the possible effects that these early reflexes have on other aspects of development such as posture, balance, motor skills and susceptibility to stress and anxiety in later life.

Attention, Balance and Coordination also includes:

  • A review of relevant literature in the field
  • A review of the origins of The Vestibular-Cerebellar Theory
  • The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) Developmental Screening Questionnaire, together with an explanation on how its use and interpretation
  • A chapter by Dr Peter Blythe looking at the development of the INPP Method
  • The effects of neuro-developmental delay in adolescents and adults by Lawrence Beuret MD.

Attention, Balance and Coordination is the most up-to-date handbook for professionals involved in education and child development, providing a new understanding of the source of specific behavioural problems.

ISBN: 978-0-470-51623-2 Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-470-74098-9 Hardback

£39.99 per copy (Paperback) (Buy now) (You can order the hardback edition of this book via Amazon, the publisher's website, from your local bookseller)

What Babies and Children REALLY Need

Priced at £16.99 plus package and postage.

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What Babies and Children REALLY Need

How Mothers and Fathers can Nurture Children’s Growth for Health and Well-being
New publication 2008


This book represents a milestone in our understanding of child development and what parents can do to provide their children with the best start in life. What Babies and Children Really Need examines the crucial early years from a child’s perspective - and concludes that changes in society over the past 50 years have unleashed a crisis in childhood.

Author Sally Goddard Blythe draws on the latest scientific research and clinical practice to demonstrate how a baby’s relationship with its mother has a lasting and fundamental impact. She argues that trends such as delayed motherhood, limited uptake of breastfeeding, and early return to work - driven by economic, social and political pressures - are undermining the key developmental milestones essential to success and wellbeing in later life. ‘We need a state,’ says Goddard Blythe, ‘that gives children their parents, and most of all, gives babies their mothers back.’

What Babies and Children Really Need concludes with a rallying cry for a new Charter for Childhood founded on the four main pillars of child development: nutrition - the biochemical basis for life; affection, nurture and engagement; stimulating sensory experience and motor skills through physical play; and discipline in its true sense meaning ‘instruction, correction, training in action and control’.

Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour

Priced at £18 plus package and postage.

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Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour

New and updated edition of ‘A Teacher‘s Window into the Child‘s Mind‘


This unique and brilliant book explores the physical basis of learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), with particular focus on the role of abnormal reflexes and the effect upon subsequent development.

Sally explains how the reflexes of infancy (primitive and postural) can affect the learning ability of the child if they are not inhibited and integrated by the developing brain in the first three years of life. Each reflex is described together with its function in normal development, and its impact upon learning and behaviour, if it remains active beyond the normal period.

Simple tests for the reflexes that are crucial to education are described, together with suggestions for suitable remedial intervention. The effect of abnormal reflexes on balance and sensory processing is also described. A brief history of how current methods of intervention designed to correct abnormal reflexes have evolved and a summary of some of the relevant research in the field are included.

This book is essential reading for parents, teachers, psychologists, optometrists and anyone involved in the assessment, education and management of children and their problems. It explains why certain children are unable to benefit from the same teaching methods as their peers and why they remain immature in other aspects of their lives.

The Well Balanced Child

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The Well Balanced Child

Movement and Early Learning


The Well-Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for the importance of movement in early years' education.

Concern about the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of young children is reaching unprecedented levels. Around a third of British children are overweight, reflecting the decline of traditional outdoor pursuits in favour of electronic games and television. A raft of studies shows that the early years are a crucial window of opportunity, during which the brain is primed for learning through exercising the body and the senses. Yet children of today have less movement opportunities in their daily lives than any previous generation.

Sally Goddard Blythe, a leading expert in neuro-physiological development, argues for a ‘whole body’ approach to learning, which integrates the brain, senses, movement, music and play. Using case studies and the latest research, she demonstrates:

  • Why movement matters
  • How music helps brain development
  • The role of nutrition, the brain and child growth
  • Practical tips for parents and educators to help children with learning and behavioural problems

Other Articles include:

“The Role of Reflexes in the Development of the Visual System”
The Journal of Behavioural Optometry Vol. 6/1995/No 2

“Baby‘s First Playground”
You and Your Baby magazine 1998

Cited in: “Primary children denied basic learning skills”
Article by Lucien Jenkins. Music Teacher. April 1998.

“Music Matters”
Music Teacher. September 1998

“Screening for Neurological Dysfunction in the Specific Learning Difficulty Child”
(Goddard SA and Hyland D). The British Journal of Occupational Therapy.61/10. 1998

“Why Movement Matters to Your Child”
Natural Parent. January 1999

Cited in: “A delicate balancing act” Clumsy children can be helped over time.
Article by Celestria Noel. The Times. 3.7. 99

“First Steps to the Most Important A,B,C”
Times Education Supplement. January 2000.

“Why our children roll and tumble”
First Steps magazine (Australia). Issue 13.

“In Praise of Song and Dance”
Times Education Supplement

“Mind and Body”
Nursery World. 15.6.00.

“Balancing act for better body control”
Times Education Supplement 7.12.01.

Cited in: “Unsteady progress. Can classroom exercise really prevent dyslexia?”
Article by Phil Revell. The Guardian.16.7.02.

“Neurological Dysfunction in Children with Specific Learning Difficulties”
Irish Learning Support Association Journal.

Early Learning in the Balance - Priming the first ABC
The British Journal of Learning Support, November 2000

Neurological Dysfunction as a Significant Factor in Children Diagnosed with Dyslexia
Proceedings of The 5th International British Dyslexia Conference, University of York, April 2001. (Available on CD Rom from the BDA)

Attention, Balance and Coordination
(Sally Goddard Blythe)
Special Children, January 2003

Cited in: “Back to Babyhood”
Article by Stephanie Northern. Times Education Supplement. 11.6.04

“Your child‘s first teacher”

“Playtime not optional”
Times Education Supplement

Reflections of brain-body functioning
Medical Veritas 2:562-566. December 2005

Transcript of a radio interview with Sally Goddard Blythe for Autismone Radio
Medical Veritas, December 2005

Cited in: A Circular Road to Recovery
Daily Telegraph, 28.7. 2005

The Importance of Sounding Out for Hearing Within
Special Needs Coordinators File, May 2005

Motor Skills Drive Success
Times Educational Supplement, April 2005

Dissecting Factors in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Medical Veritas. Volume 3/2006. 786-795.

Releasing Intelligence through Movement
Special Needs Coordinators File, January 2005

Cerebellar Theory Should Not be Discounted in Response to Aggressive Marketing Strategy
Dyslexia Online Journal

“Lost in Education - Identifying and Help for the Under-Achieving Child”
February 2005

“Releasing educational potential through movement”
Child Care in Practice.11/4:415.432. 2005

Sports Day - Fun for All?
Times Education Supplement

“Music and Physical Education are Primary Needs”
Montessori International Journal. July-September 2006.

“Children need play”
Letter to The Independent 14.9.2006

“Literacy born out of physical education”
Times Education Supplement.7.9.07.

“What babies need”
First Steps magazine (Australia). Issue 59. 2008

“To be literate, children must be fit”
Letter to The Times 25.7.2008

Impact of the electronic media (Extract from “What babies and children really need”)
Montessori International Journal Summer 2008