Our Unique Approach
Our treatment is known as 'Developmental Reflexive Rehabilitation.' It is based on a series of movement patterns which facilitate neurological feedback to the brain. These carefully designed movements inhibit the 'primitive' reflexes that have either not developed properly from the infantile reflexes present in everyone in the first year or two of life - or which have been re-released at a later stage through brain injury.
These primitive reflexes affect a person's development and functioning on a physical, psychological, social and cognitive basis.
The movement patterns take around 30 minutes a day to complete and can be performed in the home with little or no equipment. Patients require the assistance of one or two family members or carers who can help with the movements.
Our treatment does not treat individual symptoms, but addresses the underlying neurological cause. The length of treatment required varies from person to person - though generally patients with learning difficulties are treated over the course of a year, whereas people with more severe types of brain injury can be treated for up to four years.
Our staff are specially trained in "Developmental Reflexive Rehabilitation" techniques. Their professional skills cover physiotherapy and psychology. By bringing their skills, experience and - above all - care, together at BIRD, they continually seek to improve and refine our unique treatment methods.
Before we provide any treatment, we always carry out a neurological assessment. Patients' progress is closely monitored by our clinical measurement system to gauge improvements.