Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT)
What is it?
Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) INPP Method is the assessment, and diagnosis of physical factors that may underlie specific learning difficulties, under achievement and behavioural problems. These can be overcome by undertaking a daily movement programme of prescribed exercises designed to improve the physical maturity within an individual’s central nervous system (CNS). The programme is completely drug free, non-invasive and appropriate for children aged 7 years and above.
- Under performance at school
- Difficulties with balance and co-ordination
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Outbursts of aggression
- Writing Problems
- Immature pencil grip
- Reading problems
- Spelling problems
- Sequencing problems ie. Maths
- Difficulty in sitting still – fidgety
- A need to be constantly ‘on the move’
- Poor sitting posture, particularly at the meal table or when working at a desk
- Difficulty learning to dress – do up buttons, tie shoelaces, put clothes on the right way round
- Difficulty using a knife and fork
- Difficulty catching a ball
- Either very good at sport but avoids written work or avoids sport totally
- Difficulty riding a bicycle
- Poor impulse control
- History of being early (10 months) or late (16 months) at learning to walk
- History of being late at learning to talk
If so, the INPP Developmental Movement Programme could help your child overcome these difficulties by;
- integrating retained reflexes (click here for more information)
- improving balance, posture & co-ordination
- improving control of eye movements
All of which support general development and progress in school.
What does it involve?
Following a detailed assessment, your child will be given an individual programme of exercises to be carried out for just 10 minutes per day under adult supervision. The exercises are based on the natural movements normally made during the first year(s) of life. They give the child the opportunity to go back to the very beginning of balance training and postural development.
Progress is reviewed at 6-8 weekly intervals and the exercises are adapted according to progress made, with the Programme taking approximately 12 months to complete.
How Do I Access the Programme? – Six Easy Steps
- Complete and return INPP Screening Questionnaire for advice.
- An Initial Consultation via a telephone call or attending an Initial Screening Appointment will be organised to discuss your child’s presenting problems, developmental history and the suitability of the programme.
- If appropriate, a Diagnostic Assessment may then be recommended. Lasting approximately three hours, extensive tests will be carried out to assess gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and balance, patterns of motor development, the presence of primitive reflexes, laterality, oculo-motor functioning, visual-perceptual ability and visual-motor integration performance.
- Physical Exercises – Selection and demonstration of the daily movement to be completed at home.
- House Visit and Report Reading – within two weeks of attending the Diagnostic Assessment, I will arrange a follow up house visit to check the exercises in the home and to explain the findings and educational implications of the Diagnostic Assessment. A written report will also be provided which you may wish to pass onto your child’s teacher/school.
- Reviews – carried out at 6 – 8 weekly intervals to assess progress and adjust the movement accordingly. Sometimes, to ensure developmental progress is embedded, it may be necessary for the same movements to be repeated for further cycles.
How long does the Programme last?
As the Developmental Movement Programme is tailored to each individual’s profile completion rates vary but treatments generally last 12-18 months. Success is dependent upon completing the movement as prescribed, for the correct number of repetitions, every day.
INPP Developmental Movement Programme vs other movement programmes
One of the major differences between the INPP Programme and many other movement programmes designed to improve co-ordination and balance, is that the INPP exercises take children back to the very beginning of balance training and postural development, giving the individual another opportunity to further network and mature their central nervous system.