This section of the website will help you to understand how the BrainChild Developmental Program can achieve positive change for your child and your family.
- The BrainChild program works with aspects of brain function that are present even before birth!
- These are so fundamental that they can influence the child’s future development in all areas.
- Such issues are complex and diverse. With multiple combinations possible, they usually have different expressions in each child.
- However, they all arise from different aspects of developmental delay.
- Parents are frequently surprised to learn that seemingly unrelated difficulties can be traced back to a common source.
Developmental diagnosis or not?
Your child may have a developmental diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s or Developmental Delay for example , an attention disorder of ADD or ADHD or a specific learning difficulty, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia or Language Delay.
Your child may simply find life difficult, exhausting or demoralizing, without any specific diagnosis having been made.
At BrainChild, we are concerned with the effects of such issues on your child’s development, learning and all aspects of their life.
Your child may have problems that relate to the early stages of their development, resulting in persisting infant reflexes which may remain active in later childhood or even adulthood. You may have heard of the Moro reflex that can affect anxiety and the production of stress hormones if it persists. This is one of the infant reflexes that can be addressed by The Brainchild Developmental Program.
The Program is designed to help you to help your child overcome these problems, using sequences of specific natural movements in a program prepared specifically for your child, based on the assessments.
The following section provides some background information that will help you understand the underlying issues and the procedures we have developed to help to resolve them.
You can use The Checklist for Developmental Difficulties to find if your child has developmental issues that could be helped by Brainchild.
How could problems with Infant Reflexes affect your child?
Infant reflexes that persist past the first birthday could prevent your child from being able to function at an age-appropriate level in all or some areas of their life. Furthermore, a child with problems of this type will find life very tiring. If many such problems are present, unstable emotional reactions are not surprising. The more complex the reflex profile (the collection of persisting reflexes) – the more complex the presenting problems. The diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder reflects complex behavioural expressions of a complex reflex profile.
The infant reflexes relate to sensory integration. As a consequence, the child may have sensory issues too, such as sensitivities to touch, textures, sound, light or foods, or difficulties with balance, co-ordination and poor motor planning.
In school, a child’s difficulties may include:
- Placing excessive pressure on a pencil, constantly breaking it and/or making holes in the paper.
- A reluctance to write, resulting in avoidance behaviour (not popular with teachers).
- Fear and anxiety, being unwilling to take risks.This might show as inability to speak in school, fear of trying to spell an unfamiliar word, refusal to take part, curling up in a ball when overwhelmed, repetitive behaviour or self-harm.
- Speech and communication difficulties that affect learning, play and making friendships.
- Limited comprehension, so the child may appear disobedient and will have incomplete learning experiences, gradually falling behind classmates.
- A short attention span, affecting learning and impacting on behaviour.
- Being unable to sit still particularly in school, affecting attention and behaviour.
- Reading difficulties, which may limit progress in many areas of academic learning.
- A dislike of change, causing distressed, controlling or aggressive behaviour.
- Difficulties with, or dislike of PE, often making the child stand out from peers.
- Poor co-ordination and balance, reducing options and affecting learning.
- Slow processing, so the child gets left behind, becomes tired and loses interest.
- Poor self organisation, including losing things, appearing forgetful and being late isolating him/herself, resulting in social isolation and lack of friends.
- Urinary control issues/ bedwetting, causing embarrassment and restriction of activities, e.g. sleepovers and school trips.
- Aggressive or reactive behaviour, causing peers and adults to withdraw.
It would be difficult to cope with even one or two of these issues. If your child has more … I am sure you are aware of the problems they face.
Since 2004, we have helped children and their families to make dramatic changes and a happier, more successful child is the end result. Parents and carers are delighted and often tell us it has changed both their child’s and their life.