Attention, Balance and Coordination - The Foundation of all Learning.
ABC Foundations offers complete child assessments, Neuro-Developmental Delay remediation, remedial Listening Fitness and academic tutoring for children of all ages with various degrees of difficulties such as: ADD, ADHD, Perceptual Communication Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, speech and language, gross and fine motor skills, auditory processing, attention and focusing, reading, writing, language, organization and coordination.
ABC Foundations does not teach coping mechanisms or compensation techniques. Our therapy is completely drug free and allows a child to work through their difficulties by recapturing earlier stages of development that may have been missed along the way.
Therapy at ABC Foundations is typically threefold:
A comprehensive child assessment includes non-invasive testing which measures performance over a number of skills: balance, coordination, patterns of motor development, reflexes, visual functioning and visual perception. Additional auditory processing tests may be carried out. Academic status is also evaluated.
Neuro-Developmental Delay is defined as "the continued presence of a cluster of primitive reflexes above the age of one year and the absence or underdevelopment of postural reflexes above the age of three and a half years. The presence or absence of primitive and postural reflexes at key stages in development provides reliable indicators of central nervous system maturity. Abnormal reflexes have also been documented as playing a part in specific learning difficulties and immature behavior."(Fiorentino 1970, Bobath & Bobath 1975, Ayres 1972/3, Bender 1976, Blythe, McGlown 1979, Goddard 1994/96, Wilkinson 1994, Goddard Blythe 1998)
Primitive reflexes are automatic movements that are not cortically controlled. They begin in the womb and continue up through 6 months to one year of life. Pediatricians commonly test for these reflexes when assessing a newborn’s neurological health. Postural reflexes are automatic movements that begin after birth and should be in place by the age of three-and-a-half and remain for life. When these reflexes do not inhibit at the proper time as they should in normal development, it can be an indication of problems with the vestibular system and/or immature development of the central nervous system.
Uninhibited primitive reflexes and underdeveloped/ absent postural reflexes can show up as problems in reading and writing, which may involve eye movement, eye tracking and hand-eye coordination. They can also make it difficult for a child to sit still, or sit comfortably in a chair. The child may also find it difficult to be able to focus on certain sounds and eliminate others, may exhibit sound sensitivity, or cannot hear the difference between specific letters in words (b, t or ch, sh) and as such academics suffer. These problems may be become identified as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, etc..
A remediation program begins by establishing the lowest level of developmental difficulties for the child, whether it is Neuro-Developmental Delay, auditory processing, or a combination of both. A customized program is then established for the child, which is designed to help remediate the difficulties. At the appropriate time if it is needed, academic tutoring is begun.