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Vol. 2, Iss.10

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All Parents Need to Know About the Neurodevelopmental Approach

Nothing in all creation can compare to the amazing capacity for adaptability of the human brain.  Research into neural plasticity of the brain (the brain’s ability to change and adapt) has proven that every child can learn and function more efficiently when the brain is given proper stimulation. 

The branching of individual brain cells (called dendrites) grow through specific stimulation, which involves proper frequency, intensity, and duration. 

The ND Approach uses a Developmental Profile to look at two primary areas; Sensory Input and Motor Output.  In the area of sensory input, auditory, visual, and tactile function is identified.   In the area of motor output, gross motor, fine motor, and language function is identified.  In order to have good output (function), you must first have good input (stimulation). 

Let’s take a look at the importance of each of the Sensory Input areas.  Auditory:  A child who struggles with auditory processing will have many problems; i.e. following directions, staying on task, and keeping up with normal conversational language.  Visual:  If a child does not use his central detail vision properly, he will struggle with coloring within lines and reading.  Tactile:  If tactility is not developed, a child will have problems in many functional areas.  For example, if a child cannot feel his hands, he will have difficulty writing and playing sports and if a child has tactility issues with his mouth, a delay in language development can occur.   

The ND Approach was created to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to work with their children in their own homes and address these “gaps” in development.  Once equipped, parents have the ability to change their child’s future for the better. 

This is the first in a series of Neurodevelopmental (ND) tips that will appear in future issues of this newsletter. 

By Jan Bedell and Michelle Thompson

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