|"I have personally seen the benefits of this breakthrough procedure not only with my patients but also with my seven-year-old son and my seventy-seven-year old mother."
~ Robert C. Prather, D.C., DABCI, LAC
Part Three - How to Solve the Real Problem
We know that the STNR exercises described in Chapter 9 will solve the STNR problem if they are done properly. We know this because the clinical work done by Dr. Bender at Purdue University and our own clinical program at the University of Indianapolis have demonstrated that these exercises will mature the immature STNR. An STNR remains immature when a child does not crawl enough or does not crawl properly. The following exercises will provide sufficient and proper crawling to mature the reflex within several months.
The STNR exercises will significantly help anyone who:
They will also help anyone who displays one or more of the following behaviors
as a result of an immature STNR:
- did not crawl properly as an infant
- did not crawl long enough (for at least six months) as an infant
- spent too much time in a playpen or walker
- wore leg braces or casts during the crawling stage
- walked early (before the age of one year)
Not all of these behaviors have to be present to indicate the interfering effects
of the immature STNR. One may be sufficient.
- sitting "inappropriately"
- getting up frequently
- losing attention quickly
- daydreaming frequently
- writing poorly
- writing laboriously
- reversing letters or numbers
- moving awkwardly or clumsily
- avoiding athletics
- developing athletic skills slowly
How do we solve the problem of an immature STNR? Again, we emphasize that these
exercises will mature the STNR if they are done properly. Please follow the directions
provided in the book carefully (or make an appointment at our clinic). A thorough
understanding of the STNR reflex and of the problems created by an immature STNR
is essential as you work through the exercise program.
Chapter 9: The STNR Exercises
This exercise program is designed to significantly increase the attention span,
comfort, and efficiency of anyone who is hampered by an immature STNR. The program
consists of specific crawling exercises and other developmental exercises that
take about fifteen minutes a day, five days a week.
The program should last for eight months or so.
Children need to be at least five years old to
perform these exercises, but there is no upper limit. Any adult or child over
five years of age who has an immature STNR can benefit from these exercises.
Chapter 10: Exercises to Follow the Reflex Program
After the reflex program is completed, you may want to use the following exercises
to further develop the child's gross and fine motor coordination.
We are as excited today with the STNR program
as we were thirty-five years ago,
when we first learned of Dr. Miriam L. Bender's work. Through our clinical work,
we have been blessed to be able to help make life easier, more productive, and
more enjoyable for thousands of people. This book will now enable us to help
millions of children and adults.
Some people who read this book may not believe that such a simple solution to
such severe problems can be possible. Nevertheless, we have seen this solution
work firsthand. Over the years, we have suffered the slings and arrows of other
professionals who discount our anecdotal clinic reports or who prefer drug therapy.
However, the professionals who have taken the time to listen to the rationale
of this program have been delighted to find a new solution to some of the most
difficult problems in life.
It is truly impossible to describe the joy of a child who rides a bicycle for
the first time after months of falling off, or the face of a child when receiving "The Most Improved Student Award," or
the delight of a child who has time to play because homework was accomplished
successfully and quickly. It is equally impossible to describe the joy of parents
who can now look forward to the time spent with their children, or who can rejoice
in their children's free time to play, or who can smile at their children's eagerness
to display school papers on the refrigerator. These are the joys that parents
and children have shared with us, and now we can share these joys with you.
Reading this book is not enough. You must implement the program - both circumventions
Appendixes (All new information)
To Drug or not to Drug
Many of the currently prescribed medications are listed along with their most common negative side effects. Included is an abridged glossary of medical terms that are defined in understandable language.
Questions and Answers
Since the publication of the first edition of our book in 1997, we have received letters, phone calls, and e-mails from all over the world. Here are the most frequently asked questions, with our responses.
Results of a Study Putting the STNR Program in Action in an Elementary School
Here are the results of an STNR research project that we successfully implemented in an elementary school.