Science Based Modalities
Neurological and Scientific Based Treatment Modalities
NEI program runs in collaboration with other healthcare practitioners, and utilises the following science based protocols:
1. Paediatric Occupational Therapy
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. It enables people to participate in activities they find meaningful. These activities include taking care of oneself (and others), working/volunteering, learning and participating in hobbies, interests and social events.
Assessments: The occupational therapist, in conjunction with other practitioners, work together with the client to focus on individual and environmental abilities and problems related to activities in the person’s daily life.
Planning: The results of the assessment are the basis of the plan which includes short and long-term aims of treatment. The plan should be relevant to the person’s development stage, habits, roles, life-style preferences and the environment.
Intervention: Intervention focuses on programs that are person oriented and environmental. These are designed to facilitate the performance of everyday tasks and adaptation of settings in which the person works, lives and socialises.
Paediatric OT targets:
Fine motor skills: Coordinating the small muscles such as the hand (usually in co-ordination with the eyes), to enable a child to hold, explore and manipulate toys and tools such as a pencil or spoon. Fine motor skills are used in activities such as handwriting, dressing, feeding and using scissors.
Gross motor skills: Involve the large muscles of the body that are important for major body movement such as sitting, walking, jumping, and throwing a ball.
Tool use: Involves utilising objects within the hand such as cutlery or pencils for play, self-care and handwriting skills.
Handwriting: A child must have sufficient manual dexterity, fine motor coordination and visual motor skills for handwriting. Areas such as letter formation, reversals, speed, legibility, pencil grip, reducing pain and/or fatigue may be addressed.
Table top and school readiness: These activities are generally the expected requirements when starting kindergarten. For example: drawing, cutting, on-task classroom behaviour, task completion, following instructions and craft skills.
Self-care skills: Involve skills such as feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming, sleeping and toileting.
Play skills: Are those that are used in everyday play, such as threading and using puzzles as well as the imaginative, social and communication requirements such as turn taking, sharing, winning/losing.
Visual perception: Involves understanding what is being seen. Visual perception is highly important in completing many activities, such as reading a story, completing a puzzle, identifying letters and numbers, copying and writing.
Sensory processing: Involves the way the body processes and reacts to the information it receives from the surrounding environment. Children may demonstrate over or under sensitivity to certain sensations such as loud noises or certain items of clothing; sensation seeking behaviour, such as chewing on things or enjoying being spun repetitively; and difficulty maintaining a calm state.
Miss Taylor Sainsbury is an Paediatric Occupational Therapist, who is currently continuing her training under the supervision of one of the leading Paediatric Occupational Therapists in Australia, Ms Bernice Manuel.
2. Functional Neurology
Carrick Institute of Functional Neurology USA assesses the integrity of three brain areas: (A) Brain Stem / Cerebellum (B) Limbic Brain / Sensory Processing (C) Frontal Lobe / Executive Function, hemispheric dominance and uses various modalities to improve brain function, such as sound, light, touch, movement, breathing, vestibular rehabilitation, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neuro-modulation and metabolic / dietary changes.
Dr Reza Samvat D.C (USA) completed training with Carrick institute in 2002 and has been working with various allied health providers (exercise physiologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, counsellors, psychologists, speech therapists, behavioural optometrists and DNS therapists) to achieve optimum outcome for clients.
3. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS)
Therapy was developed by Professor Pavel Kolar Pediatric Physiotherapist at Prague University. DNS focuses on successful motor movements in primitive reflex development stages in early childhood, and its relation to sensori-motor integration such as sound and vision, which are regulated by the vestibular system. Vestibular system provides the subjective sense of self-motion and orientation in relation to gravity. It integrates information from different sensory modalities to generate accurate but complex motor behaviors, such as navigation and reaching, gaze stabilization and the control of balance and posture. Vestibular function is crucial in motor rehabilitation, as it is closely associated with gait speed and balance. Disturbances of posture and movement require a very complex and often a lengthy treatment, especially when they are connected with a cerebral (brain) dysfunction. DNS therapy stimulates the brain, activating “innate, stored movement patterns” that are then transferred into coordinated movements of the muscles in trunk and extremities. With repeated activation of new networking within the brain and central nervous system, DNS therapy has positive influence on coordination and spontaneous movement. As a result, improved “uprighting” against gravity, balance, gait, grasp, speech production and many other important functions can be achieved.
Dr Alecia Chan D.C completed her DNS training in 2017. She is one of 3 certified DNS exercise trainer in Australia. She has been working with adults and children with various physical abilities.
4. Neural Organizational Technique
Neural Organizational Technique (N.O.T.) USA was developed by Dr Carl Ferrari, a chiropractic kinesiologist using Advanced Cranio Sacral and Applied Kinesiology protocols, both aim to establish conditions necessary for the autonomic nervous system to function optimally. When the body suffers an injury (birth trauma, sport injury, biochemical insult, emotional trauma), the autonomic nervous system activates the fight and flight / survival system to meet the demand of the body to adapt to the an immediate danger. The adaptation expresses itself in the form of poor posture (teeth clenching, rapid breathing, hypertonic trunk muscles, eye muscles etc.), physiological adaptation (increase arousal chemicals such as histamine, cortisol and noradrenaline), and engaging affective emotional network (seeking, fear, rage, lust) to conserve energy. When the nervous system is in continuous fight and flight mode (sympathetic dominance), the digestive system, hormonal system and higher cognitive function are compromised. N.O.T works with body’s muscular, structural and neurological reflexes to up regulate the parasympathetic network (polyvagal system). When the body is in state of balance, the nervous system can restore its developmental foundation for affective emotions, attachment, communication and self regulation.
Dr Reza Samvat is a qualified N.O.T. practitioner and instructor for over 30 years.
Dr Alecia Chan is a certified N.O.T. practitioner.
5. Secrets of Sleep (previously Sleep 4 Health)
Protocols were developed over 30 years of clinical observation and experience of various health practitioners working with children with sleep challenges. We use the the book : Sleep, Health and Consciousness – The physician’s guide to sleep related disorders, as a reference text for our sleep protocols.
6. Social Brain & Interaction
Social Brain & Interaction protocols were developed by Dr Arini Verwer PhD. It focuses on brain development and the impact of social environment on individual’s emotional state and behaviour. Dr Arini assists families to understand the child’s as well as every family member’s emotional needs based on communicative patterns of behaviour and movement.
7. MNRI Therapy
Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration : Dynamic Postural Reflex Pattern Integration
The MNRI Reflex Pattern Integration Program techniques are designed to promote the activation, maturation and integration of dysfunctional or deeper pathological primary motor reflex patterns. Primary motor reflex patterns provide protection and security while present and active, and support optimal development when appropriately integrated. When a primary motor reflex pattern does not emerge, mature, or integrate as it should, the body is signaling that some part or combination of the underlying neurosensorimotor system related to that reflex is not functioning as it should. The impact of any one or combination of non-integrated reflex patterns can lead to emotional and behavioral dysregulation as well as motor, communication, or cognitive challenges. The number and magnitude of challenges will vary depending on the number of reflexes impacted and the maturational deficits of each reflex. When successful, MNRI Reflex Pattern Integration Program techniques can change lives by improving simple function when challenges are physically pervasive and even restore function when full integration can be achieved. Potential exists in each us for functional improvements regardless of the challenges faced. When primary motor reflex patterns can be influenced using MNRI restorative techniques to emerge, mature and integrate, where once they had been dysfunctional or pathological, the possibilities for functional improvement are often surprising.
MNRI is a powerful protocol that focuses on the assessment and integration of primitive reflexes, and how it influences a person’s postural ,emotional and cognitive development. Its integrative exercises help to improve learning behaviour, attention and focus. Without these exercises, you may continue to notice delays in learning, poor balance and coordination, underdeveloped vestibular and proprioceptive systems, and trouble with motor planning. If a person struggles with any number of these issues, it could be an indication that the nervous system is underdeveloped.
Ms Pollyanna Cregan have been trained in MNRI
8. Metabolic Profiling / Urinary Organic Acid Assessment
Ms Bianca Bawden is a nutritionist and naturopath trained in organic acid profiling, Gut health and Genetic profiling in children and adults.
9. QEEG – Neurotherapy
A qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) is a diagnostic tool that measures electrical activity in the form of brain wave patterns. It is sometimes referred to as “brain mapping.” … It is a 3D imaging of the brain A qEEG can reveal brain wave patterns that are associated with impulsivity, cognitive inflexibility, anxiety, and other symptom.
Mr Rustam Yamush is a Neurocoach, Neurofeedback Practitioner