The term Neuro-developmental Delay describes the omission or arrest of a stage in early development.
Each of us is born with a set of primitive reflexes, (sometime known as "survival reflexes"), which should be inhibited or controlled by a higher part of the brain during our first year of life.
If these are not inhibited at the correct time, they remain active in the body, and may impede subsequent motor control, eye functioning,hand-eye co-ordination and perceptual skills.
Frustration,hyperactivity and hypersensitivity may be further symptoms, as the child finds it difficult to perform daily tasks to his true level of potential, while to all outward appearances he is perfectly "normal".
Standard neurological tests will reveal the continued presence of Primitive Reflexes beyond the normal age of inhibition, so that an individual profile of dysfunction may be assessed.
Individual reflexes impair specific areas of functioning.For example, one reflex will prevent automatic hand control every time the head is moved, so that writing can never become fluent.Another reflex will affect the balance mechanism, and the coordination of balance and smooth eye movements.so that in certain situations the eyes will play "tricks", and the letters on the page will appear to "dance", or may appear in different order from one day to the next.
A full Neuro-Developmental assessment will detect the presence of primitive reflexes, and Central Nervous System maturity.
A Report Reading will be followed by a 'Home Programme' at which your child will be given a series of Reflex Inhibition movements to perform each day in the privacy of his/her own home. These movements have been devised by the Institute for Neurophysio-logical Psychology in Chester, where the original research for this work was undertaken and developed. The exercises are formulated to correct specific reflexes.
Progress will be monitored at 6-8 weekly intervals, and the programme amended when appropriate. As the reflex abnormalities are corrected, many of the presenting symptoms will remiss, and the child will be able to function fluently and easily at the motor, perceptual, cognitive and emotional level.
The treatment duration is normally one year.
Hyperactive or Immature Behaviour