Neuro-Developmental Delay

is a term that describes a central nervous system that is underdeveloped. This, besides other additional factors (such as cerebral palsy or autism), will always come with an unlying presence of primitive reflexes as well as an absence of certain postural reflexes. The following symptoms manifesting in 3 key areas are often signs that there is NDD although not exclusively. Generally, there will be a cluster of symptoms coexisting at the same time.

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

BEHAVIOURAL & EMOTIONAL DIFFICULTIES

LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Agoraphobia

  • Bed wetting beyond age 6 (nocturnal enuresis) 

  • Clumsiness

  • Dyspraxia

  • Photosensitivity

  • Poor posture

  • Poor spatial awareness

  • Tics

  • Vertigo

  • Walking on toes

  • Anxiety

  • Anorexia

  • Chronic stress

  • Elective mutism

  • Hyperactivity

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Mood swings

  • Poor impulse control

  • Anger and aggression issues

  • Withdrawn, timid behaviour

  • Low self-esteem

  • Separation anxiety

  • Controlling behaviour

  • OCD, ODD

  • Panic attacks

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

  • Immature, over-reactive behaviour

  • Specific phobias

  • Coordination difficulties

  • Dyslexia

  • ADHD and ADD 

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  • Poor concentration

  • Poor organisational skill

  • Poor handwriting

  • Sequencing difficulties

  • Dyscalculia

  • Difficulty conceptualising

  • Slowness at copying tasks

  • Translating thoughts into words on paper

Other signs that are often present in those with neuro-developmental delay

  • Poor motor coordination and balance

  • Poor motor sequencing

  • Poor fine motor skills/manual dexterity

  • Poor hand-eye coordination

  • Mouth is moving when hands are engaged (i.e. when practising an instrument or cutting with scissors)

  • Slumping the head close to the table when writing

  • Messy eating 

  • Sitting in a 'W' position on the floor

  • Swim better when underwater

  • Mixed laterality or still unestablished laterality by age 6/7

  • Dysrhythmia/poor timing and rhythm of movement

  • Easily distracted

  • Poor short-term memory 

  • Poor spatial awareness

  • Physical timidity, dislike games and sports

  • Free-floating anxiety (for no obvious reason)

  • Difficulty relating to their peers/making friends

  • Angel at school, demon at home

  • Poor adaptability - very rigid with routines and dislike surprises

  • Photosensitivity - poor pupillary reaction to light

  • Motion sickness

  • Prone to allergies

  • Poor immunity (constant ear, nose and throat problem)

  • Asthma and eczema

  • Hayfever

Neuro-Developmental Therapy can be the beginning of change 

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A drug-free neural stimulation programme

to treat neuro-developmental delay

You may be questioning how one therapy can treat such a diverse range of symptoms. The answer lies in the fact that the foundation which is our central nervous system is immature. When the foundation is weak all sorts of symptoms may occur as further stress is put upon the system. We can detect for this immaturity by testing for the presence of primitive reflexes, which are our original tools for learning to inhabit our body, teaching us from just 9 weeks inside the womb to get acquainted with the body. These tools are the rudimentary training using movement to develop the nervous system. They teach us many fundamental lessons but once learned they should make way for the postural reflexes and if this does not happen the central nervous system, which is the gateway for fluent communication between body and brain, will not be formed substantial enough to handle the workload. The above symptoms are examples of signs that miscommunication is happening between different parts of the body. 

Neuro-developmental therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free neural stimulation programme (carried out at home) that combines tactile skin stimulation with physical exercises and is designed to inhibit any residual primitive reflexes. This enables the brain to have a second chance to develop.

 

Through this process it has been shown that anxiety can be greatly reduced, learning to be easier, emotional self-regulation improved, also developing more age and socially appropriate behaviour as well as better motor control and co-ordination.

 

Above all, the programme can also address the immaturity of the psyche as well as physical coordination and also gut function because neuro-developmental delay can impact on all 3 bodies, physical, emotional and mental. 

 

The children and adults that have gone through the programme tend to develop greater confidence and a stronger sense of ‘self’, enabling them to see their inherent capacity, what they have to offer the world.

Contact Moni now to arrange for a free 30 mins phone discussion to see if this therapy is suitable for you or your child 

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