The foundations upon which all motor and sensory development are built are laid down during the first year of life.        Neuro-Developmental immaturity describes the omission or arrest of one or more of these stages of early development which can affect a child’s later performance in motor control, eye/hand co-ordination and learning and perceptual skills.   These developmental milestones should be reached in the same order, at roughly the same age, in every child.

It has been found that children with Specific Learning Difficulties do not fully complete this process.

Neuro-Developmental Therapists, trained at The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester (INPP) assess the Central Nervous System in order to establish a full picture of functioning. When all the ‘gaps’ have been found, a specific programme of developmental, reflex inhibition movements, tailored to the needs of the individual, can be introduced to increase maturity of the system. When the treatment is completed and the foundations are strong, the child will be better equipped to learn with greater ease.

b. Primary Movement

Primary movement is a movement programme based on research by Martin McPhilips at Queen’s University, Belfast.

An initial assessment is carried our to establish that developmental delay is present, as detected by the presence of primary reflexes. Working on the basis that if there is an area of dysfunction then the hierarchical nature of the central nervous system will be compromised, much like a domino run.

A programme of movements, which replicate the reflex movements of the foetus and the newborn, is begun. Each individual follows the same programme of slow movements. This treatment can be used for individuals or in a school setting to treat those with learning problems across a spectrum of difficulties.

c.Relationship Developmental Intervention

“The RDI Program for ASD is a tailored set of objectives, extending from the Family Guided Participation Program and intended to target the core deficits of individuals with the diagnostic distinction, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Started less than a decade ago the RDI Program for ASD provides a remedial approach to this complex disorder.

d. Waldon Method
details coming soon