“Where do I find good information about this stuff?”
To help answer that question, I’ve started to put together a Resources page for you to skim through. This page has a list of articles, websites, books, interviews and other helpful odds and ends that you can visit, download or find out a bit more about in this area of work.
Our Resources page is by no means exhaustive — I can’t compete with Google! But, there are a few direct pointers there for you to follow up. Unlike a Google search, I’ve started to include a bit of a commentary on some of the websites and other organisations/links that provide information to help families looking for more information in this area. The commentary is my opinion, and is offered as consideration for you when you are looking at what counts and how to use it. Website information can be confusing as well as helpful — deciding whether it is helpful or not is important.
Please be aware: when you are offered on-line information sheets and exercises, use them with discretion and care. The work we do is body based and informed by training and observations of how your child has performed in response to a battery of physical tests/assessments. That assessment process guides our judgement about where to start an intervention / therapeutic / remedial programme. The sequence and entry point for the exercise programmes we provide is extremely important as addressing one immature primitive reflex will often impact on another reflex and could have ramifications for behaviour and function. So, a quick web-based search of one reflex and addressing that alone and in isolation based on the information you’ve just read may NOT actually be helpful for your child.
INPP practitioners have undertaken training in the developmental sequence, purpose and triggers for activation and integration of primitive reflexes including the impact they have on behaviour and function. They can impact visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems and therefore impact on the way we receive and process information in our world. Randomly choosing reflexes to address without consideration of their developmental sequence and potential impact on the child/adult would be a bit like asking a novice driver who hasn’t got a driver’s license to drive in a very important motor race. INPP practitioners have been trained to identify signs of overloading the system and what to do to reduce that likelihood.
If you are concerned about your child, or yourself, please seek the advice of a trained practitioner before trying different exercises.
It is important however, that you understand what it is we do and why we do it — informed participation is extremely useful. So, that ‘s why I’ve started to list (and comment) on some of the resources, information and organisations that I’m aware of. Please note, I do not receive renumeration for any of the items/resources/websites etc listed on this page — they are simply some of the resources that I’ve encountered and think may help inform you on your journey beside / as / with a neuro-diverse person.