A Developmental Approach

Therapy at ABC  Foundations is based on the natural order of child development.  


This is very important because the Central Nervous System develops in a specific and purposeful order.  First the spinal cord, then the brain stem, then other higher centers of the brain.  We see this strategic and purposeful order in the development of the fetus, where one stage builds on the other.  We also see this order  in  child development as well.   Children normally  grow and develop in a specific purposeful order,  they do not stand before they learn to sit, neither do they sit before they learn to hold their heads up.  


When a child therefore shows signs of developmental delay, the best therapy therefore  would be the one that seeks the lowest point of breakdown and then begins remediation from there and works its way up.  This means that the therapy MUST be based on the natural order of child development to be successful.  



Listening Fitness Training (LiFT) - A developmental Approach

While some children show some auditory processing changes as they progress through NDD therapy, others may need listening therapy to stimulate further development of the auditory system.   I chose the Listening Fitness Program (LiFT) because it is based on the developmental progress of the auditory system.  This allows changes to be incorporated into the overall development of the central nervous system thereby resulting in stability.   


The Listening Fitness Program was founded in 1978 by Dr. Tomatis and Paul Madaule.  The center was the first clinical facility in North America to use listening training with sound stimulation.  The amazing work been done by the Listening Fitness Training in Toronto Canada are documented in the book “The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity” by Dr Norman Doidge.  The book is available on amazon.

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