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Friday, 31 October 2014
 
 
Neurological Work
Please visit Conferences & Seminars for information on educational opportunities in neurological reorganization.


As a parent, when I started reading about attachment/trauma, I kept reading about how a child's brain can be affected by early trauma/separation from birth parent. But I found very little that told much about what to DO about the brain issues. The following centers give patients a series of exercises to do each day that over a period of months can change brain function in relation to attachment/trauma. For many children, the mixture of neurological and psychological support make for a winning combination. Since attachment/trauma issues have neurological roots, this is a logical blend of treatments.

When we first went to our attachment/trauma/adoption therapist, she told us that we needed to have an evaluation at a local neuro center. She automatically refers all of her patients there. She told us that one family had asked her which they should choose if they couldn't afford both. She said, "The neuro center. I can help with attachment, but they can change the brain." On her recommendation, we had an evaluation and started treatment.

We have seen amazing changes in our son. In just a year, most of his symptoms are gone. I could chalk this up to chance, except I now know many other parents of kids with symptoms whose children are experiencing similar success. This isn't an overnight miracle; the program takes hard work and immense dedication. But the results are worth it!



Discussion Group

NEUROnetwork
has been formed in order to discuss neurological reorganization, especially as it relates to early trauma/loss, frequent moves, institutionalization and other issues associated with adoption.


Neurological Program Centers

If you have a recommendation, please use the contact button on A4everFamily or use NEUROnetwork-owner@yahoogroups.com

Thank you for helping other families to find the help they need!

Massachusetts

Active Healing, Inc.
15 Lexington Avenue
Magnolia, MA 01930
978-525-3608
Email: info@activehealing.org
http://activehealing.org
(Look at this website!!!!!)


Minnesota

A Chance to Grow
1800 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-789-1236
Email: actg@mail.actg.org
http://www.actg.org/index.htm


Oregon

Northwest Neurodevelopmental Training Center
152 Arthur St.
Woodburn, OR 97071
503-981-0635
http://www.nwneuro.info
Currently undergoing changes in practitioners. Contact NNTC directly for current information.

Independent Practitioners, currently based in Oregon*:
(*many travel; check with them individually for travel schedules/locations)

Neurodevelopmental Healing
Emily Beard Johnson
206-399-5275
Email: emily@neuroreorg.com
www.neuroreorg.com

NW Neuro Reorg
Nina Jonio
Email: nwneuroreorg@gmail.com
www.nwneuroreorg.com (Website under construction.)

Susan Scott
503-851-9728
Email: susansbrain@yahoo.com


Washington

Can Learn
600 West Cora Ave
Spokane, WA 99205
509-624-3109
Email: kidscanlearn@msn.com
http://www.kidscanlearn.net/


Developmental Movement Consultants
Bette Lamont, MA/DMT
The Brain Nanny
206-417-1072
Email: blamont@serv.net
http://www.developmentalmovement.org


World

Australia, Move to Learn
Australian neurodevelopmental program by Barbara Pheloung; books and DVDs available (see below)
http://movetolearn.com.au/

Ontario, Canada, Wise Choice Educational Services
Suzanne Day does neurodevelopmental assessment and trains parents on home-based programs. She also does neurofeedback and neurodevelopment training with children and adults in Ontario.
http://www.wisechoiceeducationalservices.com/index.html

United Kingdom, Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP)
Neurodevelopmental program founded by Peter Blythe. Sally Goddard Blythe, author of Reflexes, Learning and Behavior (see below), is also affiliated with this program.
http://www.inpp.org.uk/



Websites & Articles

Be sure to also see the links to different types of Neuro Interventions at the bottom of this page!

Attachment 101: A Primer for Parents--a MUST READ!!
Article by adoptive mom, Heidi Holman, explains how attachment relationships impact brain development.

Crawling and Creeping for Healthy Brain Development
Why is it important for young children to spend time on the floor?

Dr. Bruce Perry/Child Trauma Academy
Dr. Bruce Perry and his team of researchers provide information on how the brain functions in children who've undergone early trauma/loss.

Introduction to Neurobehavior
The folks at Can Learn describe how dysfunction at different levels of brain development may manifest various symptoms, from ADHD to sleep problems to reading struggles.

Medication-Free Treatment Aids ADHD Patients
A news station did a story on Sargent Goodchild and his program, Active Healing, in Massachusetts. It helps to explain the concept of neurological reorganization and how it relates to some of the issues associated with adoption.

Neurodevelopment Interrupted: Signs and Symptoms
Listing of symptoms--physical, emotional & more--that may result from “injuries” to different parts of the brain.

Neurological Development: How Gaps Can Cause Various "Symptoms"
During normal development, a series of steps occur that lead to optimal brain function. As the brain grows, each developmental level builds on previous levels. If growth in one level is incomplete, the brain does not stop growing. But the individual may show signs or symptoms of these “holes” in the foundation; he may also have to work extra hard to compensate.



Books and Videos

Awakening the Child Heart by Carla Hannaford

Childhood & the effects of the environment (including in utero) on the brain/body. Science & personal story combined.

I was impressed with the book. Brief notes on some of the topics it covered:

  • the physiological effects of stress on the brain (including in utero)
  • effects of cortisol, stress hormones, on children with parental loss
  • how to "truly be present with our children"
  • the power of the electrical field of the heart and the effects of this
  • nervous information from the heart affects the brain
  • whole chapter on in utero stress (discusses Moro Reflex)

"In chronically anxious mothers, the level of hyperactivity in the fetus can be 10 times that of fetuses in relaxed mothers...Babies with high stress in utero exhibit reduced resistance to disease, sleep & feeding disorders, and in extreme cases, as much as 60% delays in their normal development."

"The rhythm of the mother's heart, if coherent,** sets up an early pattern for the developing brain, assisting the child later to organize the patterns of other vibrations, such as language." ** an unstressed heart

In addition, the book talks about the effects of early trauma on brain wiring and the effects of tv on kids. (Did you know that the flashes from tv--often undetectable to us--cause the brain to go to fight/flight centers...resulting in kids "freezing"...hence the zoning in front of the tv, computer, video games, etc...) I would then wonder if watching tv reinforces the already overdeveloped fight/flight center in kids with PTSD/trauma issues? Lots to consider here...

Help Your Child to Learn by Barbara Pheloung

Sometimes learning problems are a mystery; the child seems intelligent yet there is a block. Barbara Pheloung, a resource teacher, has worked for the past 30 years helping children to achieve their full potential through the developmental approach. Although most of the children referred to on A4everFamily aren’t learning disabled per se, many of them do have issues or blocks that prevent them from reaching their full potential without some kind of assistance. Pheloung profiles nine children, several of them adopted, that have benefited from different types of intervention: food/diet, medical, movement, communication (hearing, listening, understanding), eyes & eye movement, and organizational skills. Checklists help the parent or professional to assess development in each of these major areas. In addition, a checklist is included to assist parents in evaluating toddler or preschool development.

Move to Learn (VHS) by Barbara Pheloung

Highly recommended. See review here.

Neurodevelopment Through Movements (DVD) by Suzanne Day

Suzanne Day, a Canadian Neuropsychologist, has produced a DVD demonstrating sequencial movements designed to activate “brain pathways for learning and attention span.” Day’s program, “Neurodevelopment Through Movements,” based on the work of Dr. Temple Fay, neurologist, comes from the idea that neuroplasticity allows people to improve brain function, even wiring areas that may have problems due to interruptions in development…which can be caused by any number of things, including deficits or stressors in the early environment. In her DVD she describes the role of each part of the brain and explains how issues in various areas may relate to certain behaviors. She goes on to outline how normal development happens and suggests intervention that can help children who’ve undergone neurodevelopmental interruption. Day presents a step-by-step program designed for children to do at home each day in an effort to improve neurological function, giving the brain a “second chance” from the brain stem to the cortex. See review here.

Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior by Billye Ann Cheatum & Allison Hammond

Helps to diagnose difficulties & implement exercise plan.

Reflexes, Learning,and Behavior by Sally Goddard

Detection and analysis of primitive and postural reflexes.

What to Do About Your Brain-Injured Child by Glenn Doman

Although "Brain-Injured Child" sounds ominous, since attachment/trauma have neurological roots, the theories in the book are very helpful in understanding how the brain develops. It explains the basic principles of brain development and describes a treatment protocol that many of us have found helpful in healing our children.




Neuro Interventions
Neurodevelopmental Reorganization
Neurological Development: How Gaps Can Cause Various "Symptoms"
Neurodevelopmental Reorganization Q & A
Neurofeedback
Brain Gym
 
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