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Toe Walking: Doctor Attributes Toe Walking to Signs of Poor Vestibular

A little girl balances on her tip-toes.

Given this simple sentence, most people will envision a little girl in a tutu, standing before a mirror and grasping a wooden bar.

It’s common to find a ballerina on her toes. It’s also common to see very small children walking around on their tippy-toes, up until the age of three. But sometimes this is a tendency we see in kids over five and when that’s the case, it’s a sign that there may be something wrong.

Surprisingly, toe walking is not only a sign of a developmental delay in children; it is also a sign of a poor vestibular system, which is tied to a child’s balance and coordination.

You may be asking yourself why balance and coordination is important and why it has anything to do with learning. If a child’s vestibular system isn’t working properly, we begin to see symptoms, like toe walking, poor behavior or learning challenges in the classroom.

These signs mean that your child may have a disconnection in the brain preventing them from learning. We often see some of these symptoms in children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Asperger’s. However, there are several mainstream children that may struggle with toe walking and vestibular issues as well.

Dr. Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., recently posted an article about toe walking that said, “Toe walking may be directly or indirectly related to a visual-vestibular problem.”

If toe walking is an issue in your home or with your students, it’s an instant trigger that tells us to look into larger learning issues with your child.

So now that we know toe walking could be a sign of a poor vestibular system, how do we know when it begins having an impact on our child’s learning?

Here are some of the signs you may find in the classroom:

  • Needs glasses at a young age, typically between the ages of 3-6 (appears to be a vision problem).
  • Often says “huh?” or “what?” as if they didn’t hear the instructions the teacher is giving.
  • Struggles to copy information from the chalkboard to their paper.
  • Has trouble tracking words for reading and may have to blink to refocus their eyes on the page.
  • Often feels unbalanced, is uncoordinated or runs into furniture or desks at school.

What Causes it?

Toe walking has a wide range of causes from the serious side all the way down to virtually harmless. The number one common cause for toe walking….

Dysfunctional Balance System

For some children who walk on their toes, their inner ear may be to blame.

The vestibular system in the inner ear is responsible for feeding the brain information on position and movement.

If the information this system is providing isn’t correct, the brain may not even be aware that the feet aren’t walking in the most effective way. These children can be helped with a range of movement therapies.


From Integrated Learning Strategies, 2015

Father and Son See Awesome Benefit Minds-in-Motion Can Bring

Jonathon“THANK YOU, Candace, for your years of love, research and dedication.

Because of you, and the blessing of our family first-hand experiencing the greatness that is Minds-in Motion (by attending last year’s summer session at the center), I share this story with you. I will always advocate for Minds-in-Motion and the great need to have it implemented into EVERY school system! Our children (and their families and teachers) have absolutely everything to gain. The Murphy family remains forever indebted to you.

After Christmas, I had a parent reach out to me wanting to know more about MIM.

His 5 year old was really struggling – ADD & ODD diagnoses. Child was seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist and also had a home-based therapist.

What I was able to witness with this child is that he had virtually no depth perception. He could not maneuver a set of stairs without holding on for dear life. He could not crosswalk; he had no bilateral abilities.

His eyes could not follow a pencil that was being moved in front of him. His eye muscles were so weak, they were not able to “team” and work together. Dad saw all I tried to get son to do. Dad, just like we did, immediately understood WHY his boy was struggling!

Dad, overwhelmed, felt as if he finally knew he was going to be able to REALLY help his son!

Talked to dad today. Son is no longer getting into trouble at school! Son is actually getting good daily comments from his teacher! In-home counselor, who was considering boy to be high risk, is now recommending less in-home therapy and no longer considers boy to be high risk! All this from less than 2 months of Dad doing Minds-in-Motion at home!!

Dad knows son still has a long way to go. But to hear this dad laugh and giggle with joy today sharing their victories, absolutely warmed my heart.

Dad now understands MY passion (obsession?) for Minds-in-Motion and mentioned himself that it needs to be everywhere!

Angie Murphy
Minds-in-Motion Parent

Gracie’s Story Could Be Your Child’s Story!

Gracie's Story

“LIFE CHANGING! There is no other way to describe how Minds-in-Motion has affected our daughter other than simply stating it has changed her life!

From a very early age, our daughter has been what most would consider to be a handful. Sleep struggles, attention struggles – she had:

– An attention span of less than a gnat
– Overly vocal
– Unable to “remember” a list of things or instructions
– A lack of coordination
– At 7 years unable to do 5 successful jumping jacks or a simple bounce pass
– A complete disdain for reading

The list goes on and on.

But Gracie is SMART.

She is one of the most kind, compassionate, generous children I know. And yet, she was exhausting…

We Don’t Believe in Medicating the Problem
Neither my husband nor I are believers in medicating children. We believe discovering the root cause of issues (non-life threatening, of course!) is the way to go – and address from there.

It had been strongly suggested by her school that we seek medical attention for her. We were adamant and steadfast in our decision to not medicate her, but to exhaust all avenues and resources in an attempt to provide her with the solution, not what we felt to be a band-aid, to her struggles.

Introduced to Minds-in-Motion
Enter Minds-in-Motion. Going to the parent informational meeting completely sold us on Minds-in-Motion!

That very first night, we KNEW we had found what our daughter needed!

Candace and her staff were so incredibly wonderful with our daughter.

Eye Tracking Exercise Was a Defining Moment
The defining moment for us was when Candace performed the eye tracking exercise with our daughter.

While it took her a moment to focus on the pen Candace held in front of her, shortly into the exercise, we saw that her left eye kept following the pen, while her right eye spontaneously shot off to the right!

Never in my life had I ever seen anything like that.

At that very moment, I knew EXACTLY why my bright, beautiful, 7-year old could not “focus” at school – or at anything that required any length of “focusing”. She did not possess the ability!

FINALLY! We knew right in that moment that our daughter’s life was about to change!

Dedicated to Giving this Program a Chance
We made the decision to dedicate ourselves and make the necessary adjustments to our lives in order to enroll our daughter in one of the intensive summer camps.

On the car ride home the afternoon of the first day, I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I sensed a change in our daughter. My husband thought I was crazy when I expressed that to him.

But by day three, he, too, stated he sensed a change. At that point, the only thing either of us could say to describe the change we noticed was that she possessed a certain “peace” that neither of us had ever sensed with her before.

The First Week
It sounds odd, I know, but it’s exactly what we felt. That first week of Minds-in-Motion saw our daughter actually sleep through the night every single night! She woke up HAPPY!

Being nearly 8 years old, neither of these two scenarios ever existed before. The only thing different in her life was the addition of Minds-in-Motion.

Mid-Way Through the Program
By mid-way through the program, on a car ride home one afternoon, I asked her how she was feeling.

I asked her how things in her head felt – as she had previously been seen pounding her fist to her head saying “Come on, Gracie, think!” (Heartbreaking to witness, I must say).

However, after asking her that question mid-way through the program, my beautiful 7 year-old looked me in the eye and said, “Mommy, my brain feels balanced.”

Words cannot describe what it meant to hear that.

And to this day, I struggle to contain my emotions when I think back to that moment. Her life has truly been changed!

Eye Tracking Was a Real Challenge
In the first couple of weeks of Minds-in-Motion, Gracie struggled to do the eye exercise homework.

After seeing Candace perform the eye-tracking test, I decided that I wanted to video my daughter doing some of the eye exercises. And let me tell you, the first couple nights were a struggle!

Gracie could not track for more than a few seconds before she was crying – stating that her right eye hurt. It broke my heart – but I knew that the exercise was going to benefit her.

After much coaxing (and maybe a little bribing…), I got her to push through the exercises.

Towards the end of the program, Gracie was asking me to video her doing the tracking exercise!

She would spontaneously say “Mommy, watch this!” as she would use her finger to track. She saw and felt the benefit of the exercise!

The Transformation
At the end of the 4 weeks, my husband and I could not believe the transformation that we saw with our daughter. (She did 50 perfect jumping jacks that last night!)

It is truly hard to describe, as there are so many emotions tied to it.

End of Program Meeting
The day we went for the final summary was emotionally bittersweet for us.

Gracie was sad that her time was coming to an end. My husband and I were sad, to say the least, to see this particular chapter end. We wanted MORE!!

I could not make it through the “discharge meeting” with Candace and Mr. Matt without being a blubbering idiot!


A mother was there that same day with her young son – who reminded me quite a bit of my Gracie. I could see and feel her emotions.

All I could tell her was that I understood and prayed that she would enroll her son in this program – that it would change his life in ways that she could not begin to comprehend.

Final Thoughts
In closing, the words THANK YOU just seem so inadequate. My entire family is forever grateful.

We like to believe that Minds-in-Motion has “unleashed the beast” in our daughter.

Her days of struggling are coming to an end.

We have changed our life and have become a Minds-in-Motion family!

We have implemented the MAZE in our home!

We are hopeful that our school system will implement the MAZE, as well. EVERY child can and will benefit from this program!

The depths of gratitude our family has for Candace and her staff are immeasurable. We will forever hold a special spot in our hearts for them! They have changed OUR life for the better!

The sky is the limit now!!”

Angie Murphy
Denver, Indiana

See What Other Parents Are Saying

We are so grateful to the parents who took time to describe their families’ recent experience at Minds-in-Motion.

25th Annual Developmental Physiology Conference in Leicestershire, England

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Candace Meyer recently traveled to present Minds-in-Motion’s research data at the 25th Annual Developmental Physiology Conference in Leicestershire, England.

The event was hosted at the Kilworth House, a beautiful, old English manor house.

Ms. Meyer was the guest of English pediatrician Dr. Michael Wailoo and Dr. Daniel Rubens, Seattle anesthesiologist.

Minds-in-Motion vestibular data findings were well received by the research doctors and pediatricians present.




Recent Visits Spreading the Minds-in-Motions Insights

visual-sensory-processingPurdue North Central ~Early Childhood Conference

Purdue University North Central in Michigan City showcased Minds-in-Motion with Candace Meyer presenting the keynote address at their 9th annual Early Childhood Conference.

A big thank you to Chancellor James Dworkin and Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer for the invitation and the introduction of MiM to their dynamic Early Learning Program and hundreds of attendees!


Ivy Tech Valparaiso

What a beautiful campus at Ivy Tech Valparaiso! Minds-in-Motion was up in the northwest corner of Indiana (in the Chicago-land area) recently.


United Way of LaPorte

United Way of LaPorte hosted Candace Meyer for more training in Minds-in-Motion Maze protocols for interested teachers in several surrounding school districts. Thank you to Kim Olesker, the United Way director for the Northwest counties of Indiana, for supporting Minds-in-Motion by presenting grants to 15 lucky schools to help develop a Minds-in-Motion Maze in each!


Western Illinois University ~ Ready to Learn Early Childhood Conference

Minds-in-Motion had a delightful weekend recently presenting at the Ready to Learn Early Childhood Conference at the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University serving Iowa and Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River! A special thank you to Mary Pruess, general manager of WQPT, PBS TV station (originally from the Chicago area PBS station) for inviting Candace to speak & introduce the Quad City schools to Minds-in-Motion.

Carmel Center Closing in Fall

Candace MeyerDear Past Clients & Friends,

This summer will be our LAST sessions in the Carmel (Indianapolis) center!

So many exciting things are happening at Minds-in-Motion!

Recently, several new opportunities are opening up for Minds-in-Motion and we have decided to make a major change.

This summer will be the last opportunity to attend MiM sessions at the Carmel center. We will be closing this center while continuing to focus on our Louisville center.

This change will open up more time for me to travel for speaking engagements and to train other teachers in more states… and in other countries! We are proud to continue the expansion of the program that thousands of students in 17 states already use.

We look forward to a vibrant last summer in Carmel, where many kids will experience great results with the summer intensive MiM camps.  Come experience it FIRST HAND!

Warmest regards,

Candace S. Meyer
Founder & CEO
Minds-in-Motion, Inc.

Mind-in-Motion Participates in Developing Courage, Child Development Podcast

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.34.47 AMCandace Meyer of Minds-in-Motion recently participated in a podcast with Developing Courage.

This podcast is hosted by pediatric physical therapist Lauren Thomas and pediatric occupational therapist Kara Vonderheide.

Their mission is to explore problematic and typical development to promote intentional parenting and to provide support for courageous decision making.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast!

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New SIDS Study Shows Link to Inner Ear Dysfunction

Seattle Success

Candace Meyer had the privilege of presenting at the National Health & PE (SHAPE) conference in Seattle recently.

Many educators – new to Minds-in-Motion from across America and Canada – eagerly listened to the importance of a strong vestibular system and critical sensory/motor integration.

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.41.48 AMMore importantly, Meyer had the honor of meeting with Dr. Daniel Rubens, a renowned anesthesiologist and researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Rubens has found a possible correlation between the inner ear and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The latest findings support his earlier work, which indicates that SIDS babies don’t necessarily have a problem with their brain. Instead, Dr. Daniel Rubens’ research has indicated that problems with hearing and the inner ear may be linked to SIDS.

His newest study, published in the journal, Neuroscience, shows that inner ear dysfunction in mice results in an inability to wake up and move away from a suffocating environment.

Dr. Rubens was so taken with Minds-in-Motion research findings on the inner ear (vestibular system) that he has invited Candace to share his research presentation time at the 25th annual Leicester Physiology Conference in Leicester, England this June by presenting Minds-in-Motion findings.

Teaching Children to Code, A Must in the 21st Century

February 16th, Minds-in-Motion is launching an advanced, 10-week program that teaches children how to code.

Advanced Coding


By combining elements of computer science with its core approach to childhood development:

* This novel program will prepare children to be active users of technology

* Expose students to basic coding languages

* Show students how to make technology

* Simultaneously increasing the bilateral coordination of the brain and body. In other words, BALANCING their brains and bodies!


Computer science opens more doors for children than any other discipline in today’s world.

Learning even the basics will help children in virtually any future career—from architecture to zoology.

While most children quickly grasp how to use technology to consume media in a passive way, very few learn how to be active builders of technology, or how to write even the simplest lines of code that power the internet.

Minds-in-Motion seeks to change that paradigm by empowering children to write code, demystifying technology by mastering the building blocks of computer science.

Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog, or how electricity works, it’s important for every 21st century child to have a chance to “dissect an app,” or learn how the Internet works.


To that end, Minds-in-Motion is adding an advanced computer science track to the curriculum at its Carmel location.

Students as young as 10-years old will learn elements of modern computer coding languages, exploring how logic-based commands power the internet and software applications, all in a fun environment that also helps spur developmental growth.

By introducing computer science basics in a format that’s fun, accessible and relevant to the youngest learners, Minds-in-Motion seeks to ignite young minds in all the possibilities of the future.


Parents are encouraged to visit Minds-in-Motion’s West Carmel Drive campus to learn more about the coding program, or to attend one of three special open houses at 6:30pm on February 5th, 11th, or 18th.


For more than a decade, Indiana-based Minds-in-Motion has been a pioneer in innovative childhood development. Using NASA technology to measure and improve how the brain and body work together, the company has helped countless children across the country.

Currently, Minds-in-Motion trained teachers lead more than 50,000 children across 15-States in a daily curriculum that has been scientifically proven to work.

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