When working with people with disabilities the aim should always be directed toward alleviating the problem and not simply to provide coping strategies. It is therefore essential to determine the individual difficulties and wherever possible the cause. To obtain as big a picture as possible, I conduct and evaluate a series of assessments.
- A Children Screening Questionnaire, which is available on this site. Simply complete and if the answers on the asterisked questions total more than 7 then send it for evaluation. If less than 7, but you would still like me to evaluate, then send it in. Part of this screening questionnaire was externally validated for INPP. A score of 7 or more on specific questions (asterisked) confirms a 98% probability of retention of Primitive Reflexes. Retention of Primitive Reflexesbeing the primary cause of neuro-developmental delay. The screening questionnaire assesses a variety of risk factors such as the family history (neuro-developmental delay can run in families); the health of the mother during pregnancy, the development of the pregnancy and the birth. It assesses development through infancy and early childhood, measuring attainment of those crucial milestones of development such as crawling, talking and walking. It assesses levels of attainment of physical, emotional and educational facets of learning. It looks at potential causes for the developmental delay by assessing nutrition, together with evidence of faulty metabolism, and the listening and hearing capacity of each child.This questionnaire is frequently completed in my office as part of an initial interview. The child is not present at this time as I want the parents to feel free to discuss any of the child’s difficulties. To obtain the benefit from treatment the child needs to understand why they are coming to see me, and the aim of the treatment, I, therefore, encourage an open dialogue between the child and parent, the child and me, the parent and me; however, the parent needs sometime to be able to talk without having to measure and modify their thoughts. At this initial interview I also explain my method of treatment and the ethos behind that method.
- A Diagnostic Assessmentwhich takes from 6-8 hours depending on the age and ability of the child. This assessment can be split over more than one session should this be required, due, for example, to distractibility, or hyperactivity. This assessment measures actual performance covering a series of activities.
- Physical: balance: co-ordination of fine and gross motor skills; attainment of right or left dominance, which should be replicated through hand, foot and eye (ear dominance does not always follow this simple rule); eye control, hearing and listening, and automatic reflex activity. On a subsequent day nutritional and allergy status is measured using muscle testing in combination with specially developed biomarkers.
- Educational: levels of reading, numeracy, spelling and copying capabilities, together with a CoPS assessment of Dyslexic tendencies and learning styles.
- Intellectual: measurements of: attention, concentration, distractibility,visual, tactile, spatial and auditory processing and memory. Assessment of skills pertaining to sequencing, imagining, appreciation of rhythm and rhyme.
- Emotional: evaluation of abilities to relate appropriately to time, individual, and place. To determine level of, and response to, frustration, anxiety, achievement and failure.
- Report Reading:A few days after this assessment the parents return for a presentation of the findings. This presentation takes place without the presence of the child as it takes about 2 hours.The findings are verbally explained, a tape recording being presented to the parents for later referral. The parents are also presented with a written report to show to the child’s teachers doctors, or whoever they personally wish. Findings from each of the areas of assessment, described above, are included in this report. I feel that a very abridged summary is sufficient for the child. I am happy to discuss my findings with the child at another time, or guide parents as to how explicit they can be in explanation. I always try to work from an area of difficulty experienced by the child and caused by neuro-developmental delay which is likely to be addressed by treatment. I do not promise anything I cannot achieve and I always warn that the degree of resolution of difficulties, following treatment, is variable. Many children have complete resolution of all difficulties related to developmental delay. Many children, though not completely cured, function very much better. Occasionally the results are very disappointing, though I can honestly state that every child I have treated has benefited.