How would I describe the work I do: is it medical, educational or complimentary?
My work is definitely developmental, but as I am dealing with a deviation of development, I suppose it could be described as medical in the same way as physiotherapy is. I do not wish to imply that I a physiotherapist, my training is very different.
Equally, as all development continues over a number of years, that movement is considered an essential part of learning and that P.E. is an ongoing part of education my work can easily fit in within this context as well, especially within the nursery and infant areas of education.
I do not see myself as a complimentary therapist as the work I do is far too fundamental. I suppose currently I must be viewed as an alternative therapist, but I really feel that the time will come very soon when my work will be viewed very much a core activity. There are many teachers who do the work that I do, many doctors who accept the benefits. I am always happy to write reports, discuss my work with teachers and doctors. Some doctors do refer children to me and at times the treatment is paid for by the NHS or private medical insurance.
I am also able to give a training day to teachers, doctors, nursery nurses at the end of which they receive a certificate stating that they are able to detect specific reflexes and able to offer simple exercise regimes to offset the unwanted effects of retained Primitive Reflexes and to foster the development of Postural Reflexes. These exercises can easily be slotted in to a P.E session, during the day in the classroom for kindergarten, infant or primary children. If these exercise regimes are carried out early enough it may be possible to offset prolonged learning difficulties. Obviously these more simplified regimes will be effective for the very young or the mildly effected but the training will enable the individual to know when to refer for more advanced analysis and treatment.