Treatments

The treatments are divided into:

Nutritional Supplementation

Many children with learning difficulties are found to be deficient in a variety of vital nutrients. Essential fatty acids are required for immunity, production of hormones, for good digestion and absorption, for nerve cell function and learning. Zinc and magnesium are essential minerals required for so many chemical reactions, including energy production, immunity, learning. Before any supplements are recommended an evaluation of nutritional status is always carried out. The levels of supplementation are also evaluated frequently. The supplements recommended are all free of harmful chemicals, in a readily absorbable form and produced in a safe manner.

Exclusion Diets for Allergy

For a great number of reasons many children are experiencing allergic reactions to foods that they eat. This is partly due to poor immunity, poor mineral and vitamin status, but also due to the ways in which animals are reared, vegetables grown, and the way that food is mixed with a whole variety of additives. Common allergic reactions are found to milk and dairy products, wheat, sugar, caffeine, and food additives. The presence of these allergies is always tested for and guidance given as to what to avoid. Some find it possible to return to eating some of the foods after a period of exclusion from the diet. This depends to a degree on the food, the nutritional status achieved, and the effectiveness of the immune response.

Physical Exercises

The physical exercises are sub divided into three groups: those that inhibit the Primitive Reflexes; those that strengthen the Postural Reflexes; and those that encourage growth of nerve pathways within the higher centres of the brain increasing integration of the different senses and the different specialisations of the brain. Treatment with these exercises takes anything from 9 months to 2 years depending on the cause and quality of adherence to the programme.

Sound Therapy

Sound therapy is the therapeutic use of music. Sound, which includes speech and music, is composed of a variety of frequencies. Introducing selected frequencies over a given time improves the speed and clarity of perception of specific voice sounds, aiding comprehension of what is said, reading, spelling and speech. The sound therapies used are always a home based programme and take from 8 to 16 weeks, but may be repeated throughout the overall programme.

Sound therapy can also be a useful tool to aid learning a foreign language even in the absence of learning difficulty.