by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

May 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Some children, and rarely adults, engage in unusual behaviors, apparently to help develop their brains.  Usually, but not always, the children are malnourished, and this is hindering their normal development.  The behaviors discussed below, which are sometimes referred to as sensory-motor integration behaviors, seem to be compensations that some children spontaneously learn.




1. Spinning

2. Rocking

3. Walking on the toes or balls of the feet.

4. Head banging

5. Athletics such as bicycling, running, walking or swimming

6. The Brain Gym exercises such as the cross crawl and others.




1. They are more common in boys.

2. They may be more common in children with a bowl pattern on a hair mineral analysis.  This pattern is associated with feeling stuck.

Another possible hair analysis pattern is the double low ratio pattern.  This is a double give up pattern.

3. The goal of the exercises is partly physical brain integration, and partly a psychological benefit, perhaps.  The exercise is enjoyable and fun, in some way.

4. Manganese toxicity may be involved in some of these behaviors.  This affects the pons and the brain stem.




We suggest a complete development program, which often helps to end these behaviors by removing the need for them.

This  program always includes a diet high in cooked vegetables to provide many nutrients.  In addition, it always includes certain nutritional supplements of calcium, magnesium, zinc, a digestive aid, kelp, trimethylglycine (a methyl donor), omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D3.



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