REHAB PROGRAM FOR NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS
What we are evaluating and looking for when examining and observing your child:
- Right eye reading assessment with comprehension is performed – can they make eye contact, visually fixate their gaze, and can they hold their gaze? Can they suppress unwanted eye movements? Can they track appropriately? These all indicate the ‘functional integrity’ of the frontal and parietal lobes, basal ganglia, and cerebellar-brainstem networks
- Are their Primitive Inhibitory Reflexes being inhibited; did they develop properly? Righting reflex until corrected causes oculomotor issues, vestibular and attention difficulties. Many are just partially retained
- Dual Tasking – Ability to take instructions and apply them while performing a motor and or mental/cognitive task
- Task switching – working memory, ability and speed of task switching. Do they freeze when you ask them a question?
- Cognitive processing – speed of incoming and outgoing information. Do they freeze when thinking or responding to a command?
- Perseveration – getting stuck on a motor, emotional or mental task which they repeat, think or perform over and over.
- Cognitive fatigue & stamina
- Fine & gross motor control and coordination
- Auditory, and visual processing which requires working memory
- Motor and cognitive planning and sequencing tasks
- Impaired attention – Can your child read, pursuit, track letters and words going left to right, jump from one line to the next without getting lost?
- Vestibular/cerebellar dysfunction – muscle tone, oculomotor stabilization, head, voice and gait tremors
- Poor stamina, muscle fatigue, muscle weakness, pain
- Impulse control
- Spasticity-increased tone, hypotonia- low tone, gait deviations, body neglect
- Reading comprehension test
- Fixation is made when the eyes stop! Good readers have fewer fixations
We treat the underlying cause, using brain based rehab. This is not a “one size fits all” approach, and treatment will vary for everyone. When your child’s brain is working together and faster and they can actually “hold” their attention, you will see improvements in all areas of their life.
Along with 10 years of postgraduate training in Clinical Neurology; a 4 year Science degree in Biopsychology (study of brain and behavior), postgraduate training in Neurodevelopmental and Vestibular Rehab, Dr. Cramer is also a certified Interactive Metronome provider who incorporates a number of cognitive tasks to further increase attention and cognitive skills. We are the only providers in Ontario to offer the neurosensory integrator.
We work with those affected by:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Learning Disabilities
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Visual Processing Disorder
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- ADHD, and ADD
- Dysautonomia – Unregulated body temperature regulation, increased heart rate, bed wetting
- PANS/PANDAS – an infection which triggers their own antibodies to attack there brain.Research
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