What is developmental delay?
In simple terms, the human child takes a long time to develop into an adult. There are norms that exist that show the steps in the maturation process. These follow an order, for example a baby sits before walking.
The development of a child relies on the maturation of their brain. The newborn infant is relatively helpless. It is able to function in its new world with the help of infant reflexes. These cause automatic responses. For example:
- The rooting and sucking reflexes help the baby to find food and suckle.
- The spinal reflexes help the baby to process waste by starting the functioning of the kidneys and bladder. They also assist the birth process by helping the baby to wriggle during each contraction.
- The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) assists in the turning of the baby during delivery.
- The Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) exercises the muscle and joints.
- The 3 reflexes on the hands provide a reflex response to help the baby grip onto his/her mother and more.
These reflexes are vital for the newborn. But they become redundant as a child gets older.
If there is a delay in the integration of these infant reflexes the child will not develop full conscious control. In most of these children this is a dysfunction rather than the result of damage to the brain, so the infant reflexes can be assisted to "disappear into the background.".
The Brainchild Developmental Program HELPS YOU TO HELP YOUR CHILD TO RELEASE THEIR BRAIN TO MATURE.