Your initial Functional Neurodevelopmental Evaluation allows us to observe sensory and motor skills at different levels of the central nervous system. We base our conclusions and your program on the following principles:
1.)The brain is a hierarchy with the higher brain dependent on the integrity of lower brain levels for full functioning. If there is any disruption at lower levels of the brain, all higher functions are affected as well.
2.)A program of activities designed to stimulate and integrate brain function will help the whole brainwork more efficiently. Programs always address the lowest level of dysfunction first.
Your individual program will be designed with the following principles in mind:
1.)Sensory and motor activities are essential in the creation of an organized brain and good learning skills.
2.)The neurological organization of injured brains can be improved by increasing the duration, frequency and intensity of appropriate sensory and motor activities.
3.)To influence the organization or reorganization of injured brains it is necessary to make a fresh start beginning with activities and sensory inputs that have proven beneficial in promoting effective neurological organization from early infancy on. Thus your program may include activities typical of infants such as crawling, creeping, Vestibular stimulation, motor patterning, sensory stimulation or other activities based on your needs.
The floor best provides opportunities for body movement for brain injured children and adults. The restrictive effects of lying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair during most of the day must be avoided in all cases unless contraindicated by illness. “The floor is the athletic field of the child.” [Gesell]
Children and adults who are not physically limited, but suffer from learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and the confusing symptoms of mild brain injuries are equally benefited by the floor and upright work assigned in programs designed by the Developmental Movement Center.