Neurological Reorganization (NR)
Neurological Reorganization, NR, or Neuro-reorg, is an intervention that addresses the challenges of a disorganized or injured brain. Some children have pervasive neurodevelopmental challenges that impact all areas of their functioning, and in worst cases children are globally delayed or brain injured.
Children whose developmental trauma/attachment disorder beginnings have greatly impacted their development can benefit from NR. There are practitioners experienced in treating children whose trauma presents as developmental delays and who struggle with a myriad of diagnoses and disabilities including sensory, auditory and visual processing: learning disabilities: ADHD and more. Watch the video on this page to learn more. Or this workshop given at Changing the Paradigm – Developmental Trauma conference
Neuro-reorg addresses these neurological issues by evaluating skills at 7 developmental levels, and considers reflexes, movement, and sensory development. If there are gaps at any level then work begins at the lowest level and builds up the brain (with some variation on this if the child has been emotionally traumatized in utero). The activities that would have occurred naturally to integrate the brain are replicated.
Infants go through a series of reflexes, or whole body patterns of movement that lead to mobility and expand their sensory world. The more they move and the greater the interaction with parents and the sensory world around them, the more whole they will be neurologically, emotionally, physically, academically and socially. Some children who were compromised at birth need more movement than traditionally children tend to do.
By going back to repeat the developmental sequence the brain is prompted to integrate the functions that, if left unintegrated, can manifest as rages, dyslexia, repetitive behaviors, bed wetting, poor coordination, dyslexia, ADD, to name a few.
A Functional Neurodevelopmental Assessment will determine where the brain has gaps in functioning and how those gaps are creating challenged skills or behaviors. A full history will take into consideration the child’s in-utero exposures to toxins and stress as well as early birth or medical problems shortly before or after birth. Children not given the opportunity to move physically as infants or toddlers – for example in orphanage cribs or medical units – could also show gaps in functioning.
The NR practitioner will assess a child with all of this in mind and provide a program of activities that should take about an hour a day. NR is a daily commitment and not an easy journey. But several ATN members and other families of traumatized children have found this approach to be incredibly healing for their children. (Thanks to Bette Lamont for this brief description of NR – adapted.)
The following NR practitioners are known to practice trauma-sensitive, attachment-aware Neurological Reorganization. They are all aware of the behaviors frequently seen in traumatized children and those with attachment disorders. These practitioners see children in their local offices, but often travel to other areas throughout the U.S. to see children around the country.
Sarge Goodchild, Active Healing, Inc.
Sarge sees clients mostly out of his Boston-area offices. He does travel to Louisville, KY several times a year.
Nina Jonio, Neurodevelopmental Solutions
Contact Nina to find out her travel schedule
Bette Lamont, Developmental Movement Consultants
Bette Lamont travels to see clients in Minneapolis, SE Michigan, Indiana, Central Florida and Southern California and also sees clients in her home base of Seattle, Washington. Check her website for her travel schedule.
OTHER NEUROLOGICAL-BASED MOVEMENT INTERVENTIONS & LINKS:
Move to Learn – Australia
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