WHAT IS IT?
Reflex Integration & Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) (INPP Method) is the assessment, diagnosis of retained reflexes and development of a remedial daily movement programme to improve physical maturity within an individual’s central nervous system (CNS). The retention of such reflexes can affect every aspect of life and hinder a child achieving their full potential. The Programme is completely drug free, non-invasive and appropriate for children aged seven years and above.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Children are assessed on an individual basis by trained practitioners using a series of standard medical tests to assess a range of physical abilities including retained reflexes. These findings then provide the basis for an individual regime of physical exercises which are based on movements normally made by the developing child in the first year of life. The child carries out these exercises every day under the supervision of a parent or member of teaching staff. The exercises take approximately ten minutes per day with the Programme lasting approximately 12 – 18 months.
WHY USE NDT (INPP)?
Reflex Integration Therapy / NDT (INPP) gives the child another opportunity to go right back to the beginning of balance training and postural development, giving the individual another chance to network and mature their CNS. The INPP Practitioner is trained to screen for signs of neuro-motor immaturity and retained reflexes so that an appropriate referral can be made or a physical intervention programme of daily movement can be introduced.
HOW CAN NDT (INPP) HELP?
Developmental Movement Programme can help children to overcome;
Specific Learning Difficulties:
• Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia)
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Some Speech and language Difficulties
• Some Physical and Sensory Difficulties
General learning difficulties;
• Under performance at school – reading, writing and maths
• Co-ordination difficulties – clumsiness; issues with handwriting, eating and cutting
• Poor balance and motor control – difficulties in sports, swimming, gymnastics, riding
• Poor visual and/or auditory processing – not always understanding what they see and hear
• Hyper/hypo sensory activity – on the go all the time, sensitivity to noise, touch, smell, visionary stimulus
• Immature behaviour
• Inability to stay focused and fidgety
• Impulse control/ Outburst of aggression – over acts, doesn’t think, easy loss of temper.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE PROGRAMME? – SIX EASY STEPS:
- Complete and return INPP Screening Questionnaire for advice.
- An Initial Consultation via a telephone call or attending an Initial Screening Appointment will be organised to discuss your child’s presenting problems, developmental history and the suitability of the programme.
- If appropriate, a Diagnostic Assessment may then be recommended. Lasting approximately three hours, extensive tests will be carried out to assess gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and balance, patterns of motor development, the presence of primitive reflexes, laterality, oculo-motor functioning, visual-perceptual ability and visual-motor integration performance.
- Physical Exercises – Selection and demonstration of the daily movement to be completed at home.
- House Visit and Report Reading – within two weeks of attending the Diagnostic Assessment, I will arrange a follow up house visit to check the exercises in the home and to explain the findings and educational implications of the Diagnostic Assessment. A written report will also be provided.
- Reviews – carried out at 6 – 8 weekly intervals to assess progress and adjust the movement accordingly. Sometimes, to ensure developmental progress is embedded, it may be necessary for the same movements to be repeated for further cycles.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROGRAMME LAST?
As the Developmental Movement Programme is tailored to each individual’s profile, completion rates vary but treatments generally last 12-18 months. Success is dependent upon completing the movement as prescribed, for the correct number of repetitions, every day.
INPP DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT PROGRAMME VS OTHER MOVEMENT PROGRAMMES
One of the major differences between the INPP Programme and many other reflex integration / movement programmes designed to improve co-ordination and balance, is that the INPP exercises take children back to the very beginning of balance training and postural development, giving the individual another opportunity to further network and mature their central nervous system.