At Connect Movement Therapy, we provide the following therapy services in a one-to-one-family format. In exceptional circumstances, we may combine two or more of the programs. Our primary focus is children's wellbeing, with particular consideration to nervous system disorders such as learning difficulties, developmental delays, autism, ADD and anxiety, as well as issues with balance, motor coordination and sensory system issues.
INPP Neurodevelopmental Program
For a child assessed with retained reflexes, the INPP Neurodevelopmental Program (INPP Method) works to inhibit those reflexes. This inhibition allows for the developmental building blocks that were missed in the early stages of life to have a second chance. The program implements a non-invasive technique of assessing and addressing developmental immaturity, to support and enhance the foundations for learning and daily functioning.
The INPP Method can assist children in overcoming difficulties associated with:
- Attention and concentration
- Reading, writing, spelling and maths
- Clumsiness and restlessness
- Coordination and balance (including sports activity)
- Inability to self-regulate
- Dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, ADD
- Anxiety and panic disorders
The INPP Method helps address difficulties associated with neuro-motor immaturity. It uses a clinical assessment process to determine an individualised movement therapy program, one that addresses the unique developmental profile of each client. The INPP practitioner provides an educational report that summarises the underlying neuro-motor immaturity. Regular review sessions inform the practitioner as to how the inhibition of reflexes is progressing.
Children from 7 years of age can participate in the INPP Method. A slightly different approach is used with children younger than seven years old.
The INPP Method was originated in the UK by Dr Peter Blythe (PhD), to research the effect of immaturity in the functioning of the central nervous system on specific learning difficulties. Today, the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) governs the global practice of the INPP Method.
If you think that the INPP Method can benefit your child, you can contact us using one of two options. The first is to complete a Child Screening Questionnaire (available from the link below), which assists us in determining if this is the right program for your child. Once we have received your submitted questionnaire, we will contact you in 1 to 2 business days. The second is to submit a general enquiry of interest using the form on our Contact page. Once again, we will contact you in 1 to 2 days.
iLs Safe and Sound Protocol
Specifically filtered music is played through headphones to train the ear muscles to perceive the human voice better, in a one-hour-a-day / five-consecutive-days sequence. However, we can tailor the delivery based on needs and tolerance. Positive interaction following a delivery sequence re-enforces the training of the ear muscles. The resulting ability of clients to perceive the soothing frequencies in the human voice empowers them to feel calmer and more engaged in their daily interactions. It also aids children by:
- Helping them to regulate themselves or be calmed by others more readily
- Prevent the anxiety and meltdowns that can result from too much stimulation
- Reduce overall audible hypersensitivity to sounds (a common characteristic of autism)
The iLs Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is downloadable for playing through a smartphone or tablet app (using suitable headphones). A physical system of iLs headphones and music player is also available.
The SSP is a therapeutic tool with 20 years of clinical research that has demonstrated effectiveness in helping children and adults with a history of trauma or developmental delays. It was designed by Dr Stephen Porges (PhD), based on the research of his Polyvagal Theory.
Clinical experience has shown improvement in learning, responses to other therapies such as the INPP program, and many more considerations such as:
- Hearing sensitivity
- Spontaneous speech
- Sleep patterns
- Digestive disorders
- Listening and following instructions
- Behavioural organisation
- Emotional control
- Regulation of heart rate
- Spontaneous social behaviours (sharing, showing affection)
These outcomes are possible because of the way that the SSP teaches the nervous system to remain in a calm state, which supports healthy growth and development.
If you are interested in the SSP, please complete a pre-assessment questionnaire (available from the link below). Once we have received your submitted questionnaire, we will contact you to discuss eligibility and how best to conduct the SSP delivery. Clients that are participating in the INPP program can also inquire about the SSP during an appointment. All SSP clients receive email and phone support while participating in the program, as well as video conference or in-person support depending on delivery method. Support remains available for a reasonable time afterwards as well.
Rhythmic Movement Training
Movement is essential for babies. Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) is a therapeutic method of using gentle, rhythmic movements to help develop coordination, emotional stability, mental well-being, muscle tone and primitive reflexes. RMT's natural movements are similar to infant reflexes to stimulate the brain and the body's senses.
There is a particular movement sequence that many infants follow. Babies follow these inborn primitive reflex patterns from when they first start to develop in utero. By applying these movements, the founders of RMT observed very noticeable changes in their patients' coordination, behaviour, learning challenges, anxiety and emotional levels. After much research and collaboration with others in similar fields, they developed the RMT program to aid the integration of retained or underdeveloped infant reflexes.
The human brain needs sense stimulation to promote the growth of new nerves and to develop existing ones. In a baby's first year of life, their rhythmic movements stimulate the brain and allow for many new neural pathways to form. When there is a lack of stimulation in the brain during the first year of life, reflexes can remain "locked" which leads to compensations that make it more difficult to access, connect and move on to the next stage of development.
RMT is easy to learn, and anyone can benefit from the natural exercises, from infants through to adults. People who suffer from developmental delays, learning difficulties, physical injuries or trauma may consider this natural treatment to help improve their quality of life.
This program provides parents and carers with the knowledge and skills that can be applied every day, directly within your home environment. Contact us to find out more about why this movement program may be an appropriate start for your child's therapy before advancing to another.
Pilates Method for Neurological Conditions
Neuro-based Pilates can be used to complement other therapy programs, by tracking and improvement of a child’s movement experience. This is ideal for children with overall muscle weakness, hemiparesis and delayed motor development. The concepts of core strength and stabilisation are critical for children with neuromuscular or tonal disorders. Providing alignment, resistance and assistance during intricate movements helps children to learn those new movement patterns.
Our use of Pilates is different from using Pilates as a general conditioning tool. We use effective ways to teach children how to control their movements, which provides a better sense of where their body is in space. Many of the differences between neuro- and general Pilates are from modifying exercises to meet the specific neurodevelopment needs of a client. Our experience in working with children has allowed us to harness the principles of Pilates for addressing the social, emotional, behavioural, and developmental considerations of neurological issues.
Pilates-based exercises are flourishing throughout the neuroatypical community. Pilates has proven to be an effective mode of therapy as well for children with neuromuscular disorders. Whilst we approach its use in a fun and educational manner, the Pilates Method is an essential asset in our therapy programs.
If you would like to learn more, please submit an enquiry on our Contact page, and we will reply to you in 1 to 2 days.
Clients who use a self-managed NDIS plan can access these therapies. Please get in touch to see how we can help you.