Organizing Your Child’s Brain Through Crawling and Creeping
It Is All About the Brain
We’ve seen children improve their vision and ability to chew food as well as maintain bladder control. We’ve also witnessed children sleep better, stop drooling and improve reading skills. Some children have even learned to walk on their own after months of crawling and creeping therapy.
We saw lots of exceptional changes with Ben. His reading skills improved dramatically. He began to better understand the world around him. He became much more coordinated, and even learned to ride his bike … independently.
Molly and Abraham were particularly thrilled with Ben’s improvement during meals. Before his crawling and creeping therapy, Ben — at 10 years old —had no understanding of how to chew with his mouth closed or use utensils. He preferred to use his hands and overstuff his mouth with food. Ben didn’t want to eat with his family. He refused to stay at the table and created huge messes. When he started crawling and creeping, his table manners quickly improved. He began chewing with his mouth closed, using utensils and sitting still during meals. Most importantly, for the first time in 10 years the Thompsons could enjoy a meal as a family.
Ben is much happier now and is integrating very well into his family.
Of course, each child is different. There is no universal path to developmental improvement. How much time a child spends crawling and creeping and how they execute these techniques all depend on his or her condition and developmental level. Crawling and creeping are not the only things that help a child’s development improve, but these two vital activities serve as therapeutic building blocks to increase the speed of neurological development and as indicators for future therapy strategies.
We have seen thousands of children like Ben, who no longer struggle from a wide variety of symptoms, start with proper crawling and creeping. For many children diagnosed with special needs, it’s all about the brain … not the legs, eyes or mouth. It’s about root causes, not symptoms. This healing process takes commitment. But in the long term, as Ben’s parents found, it pays the most wonderful dividends.
Matthew Newell is the founder and director of The Family Hope Center. The Family Hope Center, an international center dedicated to the development of children diagnosed with special needs and developmental delays, provides parents and families with knowledge and resources to achieve an optimal level of function and quality of life for their child.
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