Nicola McGlynn

Neurodevelopment Therapist


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I'm a neurodevelopment therapist, working mainly with children who have developmental disorders or delay, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, autistic spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, anxiety.

The therapy uses whole body movements to help create new pathways in the brain and integrate primitive and postural reflexes that may still be active. These can cause problems with processing, concentration, social interaction, being able to sit still, being able to organise themselves, reading, writing, maths, the ability to tell the time and anxiety. Primitive reflexes can also interfere with sensory processing and can make children oversensitive to noise, tastes, smells, lights and textures , so certain food textures, clothing labels or fabrics can cause problems.

Active primitive reflexes can interfere with physical development causing clumsiness, poor posture, scoliosis and exhaustion. If you’re always having to tell your child to stop slouching or sit up straight, or if your child struggles to throw or catch or kick a ball then it may be that active reflexes are at the root and this is where neurodevelopment can help.

Reflexes are movements or actions that the concious mind has no control over, a bit like blinking when something comes too close to your face. Most people are unaware of their existence. Their job is to protect you (fight or flight reflex) or to help with being born (spinal galant reflex) or to help with feeding (root and suck reflex) or to help with moving, standing and eventually walking. Each reflex builds on the previous, so if one gets stuck and remains active, then the others struggle to develop properly. However, even though many reflexes may be active, just by settling one reflex, the rest integrate naturally in a sort of domino effect.

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Neurodevelopment therapy

A little video explaining how neurodevelopment therapy can help with focus and [...]