Books written by Sally Goddard Blythe (Director, INPP International):
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
£15.39 per copy including postage to UK from www.inpp.org.uk
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.
£21.00 per copy including postage to UK from www.inpp.org.uk
What Babies Really Need
How Mothers and Fathers can Nurture Children's Growth for Health and Well-being
Due to be published in spring 2008.
This book examines the science behind the developmental needs of children; examining child rearing from the perspective of what children need from the adults around them. It also explains why environmental influences at different stages in development can affect brain development and behaviour, and examines the role of society in modeling children's behaviour.
Attention, Balance and Coordination - the A, B, C of Learning Success
Due to be published Autumn 2008
Ready Steady Go!
(Dr Celia O'Donovan and Dr Pat Preedy)
Celia and Pat have pursued a shared interest in the link between movement and brain development through the INPP. They have collaborated on a number of projects as well as training teachers and early years' specialists in the INPP movement programme.
Ready Steady Go! is a daily fun movement programme developed for babies and young children. Stimulate your child's early development, by combining the latest research into how children learn, with more traditional, proven activities that we remember and love from our own childhoods.
Ready Steady Go! is a complete package incorporating a beautifully illustrated book with supporting interactive CD-ROM of original music, video, resources and web links.
For more information, and to purchase, visit www.readysteadygo.org.uk.