Body to Brain Learning Professional Development Series | Integrating Thinking

Body to Brain Learning & INPP Australia Courses:

Body to Brain Learning Professional Development Series:

These courses are offered by Dr Christine Payard (PhD), Neurodevelopmental Educator, Director and Founder of the  Body to Brain Learning Professional Development Series and Integrating Thinking.  Body to Brain Learning is the Professional Learning Division of Integrating Thinking.

Some courses are presented in mixed mode (face-to-face and online components), others are fully on-line.  Learn more by clicking on the links below each course description.  Course offerings can be customised to meet the needs of individual organisations /communities/ school groups.  Contact [email protected] if you would like more information about customised programme delivery.

How the Body Tells a Learning Story. 

"If a child has learning challenges, their body, posture, behaviour and ways of being will tell us more about HOW they are learning than their words." 

Dr Christine Payard (PhD)

In this course we learn about the body language of learning and what it tells us about how our students learn. 

What are the body postural cues that tell us there may be underlying neurodevelopmental immaturity that impacts how a student sees, hears and experiences their world? What body movements, behaviours and clues can a teacher use to identify developmental immaturity? What does neurodevelopmental immaturity mean for learning in a school context? 

How does the body tell a learning story about HOW your students learn?

It's about neuroscience, development and how the body tells a learning story. 

12 + hours of self-reporting CPD (aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers) exploring the body language of learning and how we learn. This course is completely on-line.

Learn More about "How the Body Tells a Learning Story."

Body to Brain Learning @ School

"The body trains the brain and grows the mind preparing it for learning." [Christine Payard (PhD)]

This is a professional learning opportunity for primary, ECE and secondary educators, contextualised for Australian Education, including the delivery of the Australian Curriculum and meeting requirements for inclusive education in schools.

Participants learn about the importance of the body to brain connections that fashion our learning experiences, when they develop and what immaturity in these foundational learning systems looks and sounds like in their classrooms. 

Participants learn to identify and then address neuro-motor and sensory immaturity (sometimes referred to as "neurodevelopmental delay") that often underpins student learning challenges and difficulties in school environments.

Implementing this approach in schools has resulted in:

  • increased engagement of learners, 
  • creating readiness for learners,
  • enhancing learning potential by looking at underlying neuro-motor and sensory foundations of learning, and
  • greater professional satisfaction for teachers because their students are more settled.


Teachers will be able to identify underlying reasons for learning challenges and address them using non-invasive daily activities based on principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and neuroplasticity. 

"Body to Brain Learning @ School"  includes a mentoring component to support staff in the implementation of the approach. 

This course is delivered in mixed mode with online and face-to-face components and is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and can be used for self-reporting CPD.

Course delivery can be customised to meet individual school, school cluster, or education system requirements.

Contact us: [email protected] for more details.

Learn More about "Body to Brain Learning @ School."

First Moves Matter 

"We know the first 1000+ days of life are extremely important for learning and function.  But it's  just as important to know WHY and be able to explain it to those who matter."

Dr Christine Payard (PhD)

This Early Years Learning course is about capacity building of Early Years professionals in their work contexts. It helps them understand and explain why and how the first years of life and our first movements, in particular, lay the foundations for later learning and function. 

This course is a community based course and most recently has been sponsored by Mission Australia, NDIS Partners in Community for delivery in Far North Queensland.

Community organisations or corporate groups working in the Early Years can contact us for specific customisation of this programme to suit location and organisational requirements.  

It can be run in face-to-face or as an online professional learning opportunity for Early Years Professionals who support the learning and development of young children.   Aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, this course provides 18 hours of CPD.

Learn More about "First Moves Matter"




Ongoing support, conversations, collaboration, advice and learning opportunities are offered to INPP Licentiates and other practitioners who have worked or trained with Dr Christine Payard (PhD). 

[INPP Licentiates are members of the INPP International Practitioners Network who commit to ongoing professional learning through the INPP Supervision process. This is not INPP Supervision* (If you would like to know more about becoming an INPP Practitioner, please visit: INPP Practitioner Training)]

Schedule a one-hour chat with Chris

Focus on clinical or business topics in a 60-minute conversation with Christine Payard. 

Sometimes you need a sounding board, someone who knows your work and understands the challenges of practice and practice building. 

Sometimes you may need someone to help you think through and problem solve an unusual situation.

Two brains and one hour can achieve a lot.

Schedule a one hour chat.

Create a package of conversations with Chris

Schedule regular one-to-one conversations over 8 months with Christine Payard. Focus on clinical or business topics that will help build your neurodevelopmental practice. 

Sometimes you need a regular conversation so that you can be kept accountable, so that there's consistency, growth and regular support over time. And it's good to chat with someone who has experience in your field. 

Two brains and regular contact can achieve more.

When one conversation isn't enough...

The 30 minute chat option.

When you have a burning clinical and/or business question (or two) that won't take an hour to chat about, but may need some explanation.

When you want about 30 minutes of conversation with Chris to answer the quick, but possibly tricky, questions about your clinical and/or business issues.


Schedule a 30 minute chat

Practice Building Products: 

Neurodevelopmental Model of Learning.

Need help explaining what you do? 

Is it challenging explaining what you do and why to people who are new to this approach and way of working?

If a picture paints a thousand words, what impact does a hands-on model have in sharing the story of what you do, why you do it and how it can help the learning and function of your clients?

That's where "Brainbow*" our "Neurodevelopmental Model of Learning*" is useful.

Our "Neurodevelopmental Model of Learning*" is a hands-on model that shows the importance of developmental sequences, processes and their role in laying the foundations for learning.  Our model (affectionately nicknamed the "Brainbow*") has helped neurodevelopmental practitioners across the country explain their work to their clients, their families and other practitioners.

It has helped Neurodevelopmentally focussed practitioners build their practice because the model is simple. It's clear and it shows what happens to academic learning if there are gaps in neurodevelopment at key stages of our lives.

When you purchase this package, you can download instructions on how to make the model and use it in your practice.  Posters, videos and hints and tips on how to use the model in your practice are included.

*Design registration and Trademark pending.

Learn more about our "Neurodevelopmental Model of Learning"

INPP Australia Courses:

More information about INPP Australia course offerings will be posted here soon.

In the meantime, details about INPP Courses presented in Australia under licence by Dr Christine Payard (PhD) can be found at:


"Reflexes Learning and Behaviour"

by Sally Goddard Blythe.


Purchase one of a limited number of NEW and unused copies.

This book is currently out of print and we have a number of new and unused books available for purchase. 

Only 10 copies available.

One copy per customer.

Buy one here

"Professionally Developing Teachers:  Teachers Developing Professionally."

by Christine Mensinga-Payard


Stories of teachers professional development experiences including how they learned and what they learned in their professional development at school. Three primary school teachers from North Queensland were part of a Narrative Inquiry research project shedding light on the ways teachers learn once they are in the field.  The inquiry was inspired by these questions:  "How do teachers respond to professional development opportunities in their school? What does real professional learning look like in a school setting?  How can we best support ongoing learning for teachers in the field?"  Published in 2010. 

Buy one here