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Recently, a poster on NEUROnetwork asked a neurodevelopmentalist some questions about crawling (on the tummy) and neurodevelopmental reorganization. Both parties gave permission to post the following Qs and As.


1. Crawling--I know that this is one of the important parts of your program and you believe it is a stage every child should go through. I've read how crawling helps children learn to focus their eyes, coordinate their bodies, etc and it makes sense to me. On another list a member brought up that her children had never crawled and seemed to be doing OK. My question is in many parts of the world (i.e. China) children aren't placed on the floor because it is very dirty. The children are held almost continuously until they learn to walk yet I wouldn't assume that all people in China don't have underdeveloped neurological systems??

2. From what I have read and learned from talking to friends your program is very time intensive (up to 2 or more hours per day). For many families this type of commitment is impossible. Is there a short version of your program? If someone came to you and said we only have 10 min a day would you coordinate a program for them?


I'm more than happy to answer your questions! I appreciate your honesty because I very much want to insure that people, especially families who are considering it, are informed about neuro reorg before beginning on it. Also, one thing that many families say to me initially is, "Why didn't I know about this work before?" and I truly want families to know what all of their options are so that they can make informed choices that are right for their families (and I know neuro reorg is not the right fit for everyone).

In terms of crawling on the tummy, you raise two interesting points. Crawling on the tummy is critical for development of a healthy central nervous system foundation, which is an assertion common across many disciplines, not just neuro reorg. (I first learned it when studying cognitive science). However, children are not robots: no two children need identical quantities of any developmental activities (for instance, one of my nephews crawled on his tummy until he was 11 months old, which is way beyond the normal timeframe, and one of my nieces crawled on her tummy for about two months, which is shorter than normal. Neither child exhibits any signs of neurodevelopmental delays.) So, if a child is in a loving, caring, responsive setting that meets all of their needs and is not exposed to any kind of trauma, their need to crawl on the tummy is going to be drastically different than a child who has not always had such fortunate surroundings. Additionally, I don't know how old the children who didn't crawl are, but, sometimes, if the issues aren't that severe, nothing manifests as a problem until the teen years (as a whole new series of neurological change occurs at that time and it is posited on healthy development prior to it). And, no one is perfect with a perfectly functioning brain: we all have something that is not exactly right neurologically. However, if it's not interfering with the person's life, there's little reason to do anything about it. Celebrate it as that person's unique self. If it does become a larger issue, that might be the time to do something about it, but, yes, this is a commitment and, if someone without signs, symptoms, or extenuating circumstances (such as trauma, abuse, bonding breaks, etc) comes to me, I certainly advise against doing a program of neuro reorg. We're not out to make anyone perfect; only help individuals who are struggling live as full of lives as possible.

In terms of cross-cultural differences, you're absolutely right: there are many cultures around the world where infants are held extensively. Neuro reorg replicates the whole developmental sequence of which crawling on the tummy is a part. The sensory stimulation, vestibular stimulation, and emotional bonding that occur when an infant is held are all part of the developmental sequence as well. I haven't had the opportunity to evaluate people in China, but my guess is that it would be similar to what I see in the US: some people have issues and some don't, because of what their life-experiences are and how resilient they are when they encounter stressful situations (on a side note, a recent study from the University of Texas, Harvard, and Cornell found central nervous system dysfunction as one of the reasons why some people can better handle stressful situations than others). Yes, there is a TOTAL developmental sequence and some people have more opportunity to complete it than others, which impacts each person differently (as we are all individuals). Neuro reorg replicates the whole sequence as the clients we see tend to have had multiple stressors, unfortunately.

In terms of time, we typically assign between 45 minutes to 1 hour of activities daily. What we assign and how long it takes to actually get accomplished depends primarily on the child's compliance, which, often, is quite low. For a child with these issues, it can take several hours a day to get the assigned activities done. On the other hand, sometimes it just takes the 45 minutes. There is no blanket program of activities: we create each one for that particular client and we take their needs into account, in terms of other commitments (family circumstances, parents working, school schedule, etc) as well as the severity of the client's issues. For the typical client we see with RAD, ADD/ADHD, ASD, SID, PDD, learning disabilities, etc., the absolute minimum daily commitment to see effective progress within a reasonable amount of time is a half hour a day, but again, we try to work with each family. However, if ten minutes will do it, the issues probably aren't severe enough to warrant doing this program :)

It is a time commitment and must be done daily for, generally, at least 18 months, but, once you're done, you're done for good (barring any future trauma, head injury, etc), so it's an intense commitment in what, I hope, is otherwise a long, fulfilling life.

-response by Emily Beard Johnson, neurodevelopmentalist

How does one train in Neurodevelopmental
Written by Denise Buzy-Pucheu on 2011-09-03 11:31:30
I've been interested in finding out how to specifically train in this area?? Looks like many practitioners were trained by Florence Scott. 
If someone could help me out with this I would appreciate it. 
neuro training
Written by Host on 2011-09-03 11:48:14
The only way I've heard of is to work individually alongside a practitioner in an apprenticeship. Join NEUROnetwork (Yahoo group) and ask the professionals there for more info

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