Nuero Developmental Delay

Neuro-Physiological Therapy, is non-invasive and drug free!

Open Doors Therapy offers an effective programme to help your child;
  • briefly discuss your child's problems
  • arrange half day assessment
  • therapeutic exercises for your child
  • written report on your child
  • meet to discuss report and assess progress

Course Of Action

As a head teacher of a primary school, I became concerned about those children who, despite all the support and outstanding teaching, continued to perform below expectations.

Research led me to discover that about 75% of these had not fully completed very subtle steps in their neuro-physiological development. This is called Neuro -Developmental Delay.

To find out if this is part of the underlying cause I need to look at your child’s early development and what clues the body gives about the way in which information is transmitted to and from the brain. Despite knowing very little about your child, by looking at these clues, I should be able to describe what problems your child is having.

After this assessment, you decide whether or not the therapy is right for your child if I cannot help, or you are not convinced, there is no fee to pay.

If you do wish to carry on, I will prescribe a course of therapeutic exercises to be carried out daily, which should bring about significant improvements. Very rarely do I need to work for longer than 12 months with a child. I expect you to see some benefit after about three months.

What I Do

If your child shows symptoms of Neuro Developmental Delay, I will explain how their primitive reflexes are having an impact.

Neuro Developmental Delay TherapyFrom this diagnosis, I will give your child a set of exercises to do for 10 minutes every day.

I will reassess and adjust the therapy every 6-8 weeks. These exercises will take your child back, neuro-physiologically, to a very early stage of childhood, allowing their brain to inhibit those ‘baby’ reflexes that are hindering them. As this happens, the higher, more intellectual parts of your child’s brain gain greater control and your child improves.

This treatment, called Neuro-Physiological Therapy, is non-invasive and drug free. It was developed at the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology, Chester.

I may offer your child a course of special music therapy called Musica Medica. This part of the treatment uses music in a multisensory way to stimulate different parts of the brain at the same time, thus helping to improve the networking within the brain. It can also have a profound calming effect.

What We Do Together

The therapy is akin to taking the child back to the early stages of development and giving the brain and body a second chance.

After assessing your child’s needs we revisit the most appropriate ‘baby’ movements as a daily exercise and give the brain a second chance.

Step 1

Firstly we have to decide if Neuro-Development Delay is a likely root cause. You can contact me to discuss briefly your child’s problems, though at this point I would prefer not to have too many details as I do not want to prejudice my assessment findings. Following this discussion you will complete and return an ‘Early Development’ questionnaire which I will analysis. I will look at this and decide if I think I can help.

Step 2

Treatment for balance and co-ordinationIf I think I can help, I will arrange to do a half day assessment on your child, with you present. I will look at your child’s:

  • primitive (baby) and postural (grown up) reflexes

  • balance and co-ordination

  • crawling and creeping

  • left and right dominance

  • hand eye co-ordination

  • 'seeing’ perception

  • ‘hearing’ perception

It is during this assessment that I will start to describe to you what I think your child’s problems are and how I can help.

Step 3

Assuming that your child does have Neuro Development Delay and you wish to proceed further, I will train you and your child to do the first therapeutic exercise.

Step 4

I will write a report on your child and send it to you within 7 days. You should give a copy of the report to your child’s school and anybody else working with your child.

Step 5

I will arrange to see you within 14 days to go through the report and see how the exercise is progressing.

Step 6

By agreement I will reassess your child, check progress and decide on the next exercises every 6 to 8 weeks, for a period of 12 months. Very rarely do I need to work for longer than 12 months with a child. I expect you to see some benefit after three months.

Where Neuro-Physiological Therapy Has Come From

INPPNeuro Motor Therapy was developed by Peter and Sally Blythe at The Institute of Neuro–Physiological Psychology (INPP) in Chester.  Since 1975 INPP has a long tradition of successfully working with children, for whom nothing else seemed to work.

They have published a lot of work on how early childhood experience, inhibition of primitive reflexes, development of postural reflexes and movement effect brain development. They developed a thorough assessment procedure to determine how much Neuro Motor Delay might be a contributory factor towards a child’s difficulties.

They also developed the therapy process. INNP deliver training nationally and internationally. Their work is published in a number of learned journals and they have published over 6 books on the subject. I was trained and assessed at the Institute in 2006.

More about INPP http://www.inpp.org.uk/

Where Musica Medica Has Come From

The Music Therapy was developed by Prof. Dr. Y Schiftan. He along with Prof. Dr. A Standnicki researched the benefits of Musica Medica the Special Education Academy of Maria Grzegorzewska in Warsaw. As with Neuro Physiological Therapy the focus is upon helping the brain to better transmit and handle sensory information.

Music stimulates a great many areas of the brain, including those linked to speech and language, emotion and memory. Using earphones the brain receives specific musical ‘information’ through the child’s hearing system (acoustic stimulation). Music is also transmitted through the skin and skeleton (somatosensory stimulation) through a vibro-acoustic device thus stimulating even more areas of the brain to do with touch, movement and proprioception.

In some cases this may be further enhanced by visual information from a DVD player, linked to the equipment. The efficacy of this multisensory therapy has been the subject of well over fifty masters and post graduate research projects in Poland. I was trained by Prof. Dr Y Shiftan.

More about Musica Medica http://www.tomdoch.de/downloads/MMSchiftan.pdf

About Pete Griffin - Open Doors Therapy Founder & Therapist

As a child at school in the 1950’s and 60’s I was labelled a ‘late developer’ leaving school with few qualifications. Whilst working as a laboratory technician, I attended night school until I had enough qualifications to go for teacher training.

After qualifying I have worked in education for over 40 years. I have taught every age group, from nursery to college of technology;

  • Should this list be in reverse order so the most relevant first?

  • I have been a coordinator for various subjects including Special Educational Needs.

  • I have been a deputy head in two primary schools and a successful head in two other primary schools.

  • In 2004 I was Highly Commended in 'The Promethean Award for Head Teacher of the Year' awards

  • I have been an Advisory Teacher for Maths, Science and Technology.

  • I have been an Advisory Head Teacher, Consultant Head Teacher, Educational Consultant and Trainer

  • I have been an Advisory Editor for an educational magazine.

  • I have had articles published the following educational magazines – Questions, Special Children, Primary School Manager, Managing Schools Today. I am a consultant for Walsall Action Research Network and was commissioned by Walsall Children's Services to write a book – 'HOW TO BE OUTSTANDING - A question of learning and learning to question.'

  • I have run courses on teaching Science, Maths, Technology and Special Educational Needs

  • I retired at the end of 2006 as Head Teacher at a Walsall Primary School. Whilst becoming an inspector or advisor was a natural progression, for me it is through working with children that I get the greatest reward.

  • You can see just how rewarding changing children's liveshas been by looking at the comments from Parents and Children

  • I was trained by Sally and Peter Blythe at INPP on the 'theory, diagnosis and remediation of Neuro Developmental Delay' in 2006 • I was trained by Professor Yair Shiftan on Musica Medica in 2010.

Every Picture Tells A Story

A ten year old girl’s drawing before and after therapy. (Roll your mouse on and off the image below to see the difference)

Before and after

This brain was given a second chance and life became less disjointed and fractured!

She made more progress at school  in one year of therapy than she had the previous four put together.

Testimonials for Open Doors Therapy Following the treatment, Joseph has come alive. Testimonials for Open Doors Therapy
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How Much Does Neuro Physiological Therapy Cost?

There are different packages available to help your child. Fill out a brief initial enquiry and we'll contact you to discuss the options.

Parents usually opt for:

An initial assessment at £260 (remember if you do not wish to proceed further after the assessment there is no cost).

Written report feedback and second visit at £210.

Reassessment and exercise programme every 6-8 weeks £45

If the consultations are done at the family home then there are additional travel costs at 30p per mile.

Charges can vary according to your circumstances and my time commitment

We can treat your child if he or she has learning difficulties