When a child enters school, it is typically expected that they are ready to learn because they are a certain age.
However, chronological age does not always match up with a child’s developmental age in areas of learning and/or social engagement.
The Pyramid of Learning is a fantastic tool that all parents and educators should be familiar with.
It shows how the brain develops in stages and that in order for a child to reach the pinnacle of learning, that child must first build a solid neurological foundation through appropriate sensory integration.
Simply put, the child’s nervous system must be able to interact appropriately with the environment which in turn builds more complex abilities to interact with that environment which leads to further brain development and higher emotional and cognitive abilities.
(This ebook download on Developmental Learning Steps by Veronica Steer and this webpage have a wealth of information on this topic.)
If levels of development are missed or not fully integrated, it is likely that parents and educators will see growing signs of delays in social, emotional and/or academic areas which then leads to greater and greater levels of frustration and behavioral issues.
If you take a look at the very bottom of the pyramid, you’ll notice that proprioception is one of the critical build blocks. Proprioception is the ability to know where our body is in space so that we can balance, run, jump and close our eyes and touch our nose.
We receive the majority of proprioceptive input from our spine and especially from the upper neck.
Imagine if a child had a stressful or traumatic birth. Or the countless falls and tumbles in the early years. We know that injuries to the spine will negatively affect proprioceptive input getting to the brain in an appropriate manner.
Do you think that might alter brain development?
Dr. Biedermann, a medical doctor specializing in manual medicine, described this in the 1990s and called it Kinetic Imbalance due to Subocciptial Strain (KISS).
Left untreated he states that it can lead to developmental delays and neurodevelopmental and behavioral issues.
Chiropractors recognized this over 120 years ago as vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of a vertebra that negatively impacts the nervous system.
This is exactly why we see the profound results we see in our clinic.
When we restore the proper neurological function to the body so the brain can receive the appropriate input, the brain is able to work more efficiently and do what it was designed to do: help us grow and thrive!
Dr. Garrett Gripp
P.S. By now most parents begin to understand how subluxations may be impacting the entire family’s optimal health and function. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to have yourself and the rest of the family checked.