Move2Connect neuro-developmental therapy is a very gentle, movement and music-based neuroplasticity programme based on Polyvagal Theory, trauma-informed somatic embodiment, primitive reflex integration and listening therapies such as the Safe and Sound Protocol and the iLs Focus.
These are body-based, non-talking therapies, which work to calm and balance the autonomic nervous system and address the central nervous system, gradually reducing social, emotional, behavioural, sensory and learning challenges.
Talking therapies or other therapies that require participants to name emotions or actively comply with instructions are a “top-down” approach, while therapies such as neurodevelopmental therapy, which work with the neuroplasticity of the brain and nervous system are “bottom-up” approaches, which build a firm foundation.
We work to ensure that a person is secure in each of the following layers of the pyramid before moving up to the next level. For example, if a child does not feel safe in the world, it is pointless trying to sort their handwriting out!
Neuro-developmental therapy involves the use of foetal and newborn movement patterns that help build higher brain connections (primitive reflex integration), the Safe and Sound Protocol, a five-hour programme that retunes the autonomic nervous system, as well as iLs Focus, which helps strengthen higher brain connections.
I was one of the first practitioners to train in Polyvagal Theory and the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), so much of my current work is in the supervision/mentoring of newly trained SSP practitioners and advanced SSP training.
Register for my training on Primitive Reflexes and Polyvagal Theory here, or register for my group SSP sessions (for SEND Parents only) here.
I’m a member of Action Trauma, the UK Psychological Trauma Society and the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Move2Connect programmes in a nutshell
Our development in early childhood is similar to walking up a flight of stairs: we take one step at a time in order to progress to the next. We can skip steps, but this is not the most efficient way for our brains to develop and make the connections necessary to function in life without challenges.
Primitive reflex integration can help people discover the developmental steps that they have missed by showing the central nervous system what it should have done first time around, and making new, higher brain connections.
Those with behavioural, emotional, postural or learning challenges all have one thing in common: they have a prevalence of active primitive reflexes/retained reflexes. These are the reflexes we are all born with, which should have disappeared within the first two years of our lives, as we progress through the “typical” milestones, such as rolling, sitting, crawling, etc, within the “typical” window of development. If we do not integrate these primitive reflexes, they remain “retained” in our systems causing various challenges throughout life.
By using a combination of specific foetal and infant movement patterns, sometimes alongside a specially designed sound programme, it is possible to “reboot” the nervous system, giving you a second chance to meet those developmental milestones.
The Safe and Sound Protocol is a revolutionary sound-based therapy designed to help those trapped in a fight/flight/freeze cycle.
The protocol is designed for those with trauma and anxiety, and can also help neurodivergent people, who are traumatised as a result of being made to fit into a neurotypical world.
It is the only auditory programme that works specifically with the vagus and facial nerves using filtered music, which impacts on social engagement and helps regulate the autonomic nervous system.
The effects of completing this five-hour programme are a calmer nervous system, improved social engagement and decreased anxiety.
For further information on the Safe and Sound Protocol, please contact me for a free pre-assessment/discovery call, or try the SSP Connect.
To contact me, please send an e-mail, as it is normally not possible to answer the phone during business hours.
The iLs Focus system incorporates auditory stimulation, movement and vision exercises in order to help the body and brain to reorganise.
This is a true one-stop shop neuroplasticity therapy, requiring dedication and discipline on the part of parents or caregivers for an effective result.
The most benefit is seen with a minimum of 3 hours’ listening per week, with 15-20 minutes of movement in each hour’s listening.
Forbrain® is a revolutionary brain training device that empowers everyone to harness their voice to boost their brain.
This is a device with a one-off cost rather than a programme, but is wholeheartedly endorsed by Move2Connect.
It can be used on a daily basis, alongside the other modalities, or as a standalone.
The user just needs to wear a special bone conduction headset for a few minutes per day, which gives them realine feedback, and has the effect of retraining the way the brain processes information. It can be used by anyone, including those learning other languages.
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