"This program has my
enthusiastic support. Sufficient crawling is essential for efficient visual
and perceptual motor development."
~ Raymond F. Parker, O.D., Fellow, American
Academy of Optometry
Part Two - How to Work
Around the Real Problem
If, through your detective work, you have determined that
someone you know (yourself, your child, or your spouse, for example) has an
immature STNR, there are two ways of dealing with the problem: circumventions
Circumventions: methods for
working around a problem.
Interventions: methods for
working through a problem, actually solving it.
In general, interventions are obviously more desirable than
circumventions. We truly thank God that, because of Dr. Miriam Bender's work (see the discussions in the preface and
introduction), interventions are available for maturing the STNR. However,
interventions require several months to implement. Consequently, we will
first discuss circumventions, which you can begin even as you read this chapter,
and which you can continue as you provide interventions for an immature STNR.
Chapter 5: School Problems
How does an immature STNR interfere with school work? We
find that many children are not doing well in school simply because they
don't do their writing assignments well (or at all). It has been our
experience that many children having difficulties in school do not have basic
difficulties understanding the material. Their basic problems are with
sitting still, maintaining attention, and writing - all hampered by the
Below are examples of a child's papers before and after
implementation of the STNR exercises.
Chapter 6: Sports Problems
How does the immature STNR interfere with sports? An
immature STNR can be directly responsible for poor motor coordination
(resulting in clumsiness or awkwardness). Poor coordination usually contributes
to poor performance in athletics. Poor performance usually limits
participation. Limited participation, in turn, prolongs poor performance. It
becomes a vicious cycle.
An immature STNR usually affects children's athletic
performance in one of two ways. Generally, these children do very poorly in
most sports. However, some STNR children may do fairly well in certain
sports. Either they work ten times harder than other children to achieve some
success, or the immature STNR does not interfere with the body position
required for success in that particular sport.
Your child may seem well coordinated, but only in certain
sports. The interference of the reflex can be very tricky. The immature
reflex causes the top half of the body to want to do the opposite from the
bottom half. It is very difficult for STNR children to have their bodies
either all straight or all bent at the same time.
For example, it is very difficult for STNR children to run
and catch at the same time. They have trouble looking up in the air and
following the ball without stumbling or falling to the ground. Remember, as
the neck and arms straighten, the immature STNR makes the knees want to bend.
There really are no circumventions for STNR children in sports. The most
helpful approach is to recognize the symptoms of the immature reflex and
steer the child into specific sports and positions that will not be
negatively affected by an immature STNR.
Chapter 7: Problems at Home
How does the immature STNR cause problems at home? What is
it like living with STNR children? Is it fun? Is it fun to have dinner, watch
television, or try to read the paper next to a child in constant motion? Is
it fun to try to help STNR children with their homework? Usually, it is not
much fun at all. The therapy described in Part Three of this book can change
that situation, but in the meantime the circumventions in this chapter can
make life much more pleasant for the parent and child.
Chapter 8: Problems in Public Settings
How does the immature STNR cause problems outside the
school or home, in the wider community? The grief that STNR children
experience and cause at home is intensified when they go out in public.
Generally speaking, parents and society expect children to display better
behavior in public than is required of them at home. STNR children can be
disruptive because of the discomfort that the immature reflex causes them.
Because of the effects of the STNR on their behavior in public, children are
often accused of being poorly disciplined when, in fact, they are just
The circumventions described in this chapter can make the
child more comfortable in public situations - which, in turn, will make the
child more welcome in those situations.