What are developmental delays? Delays in development occur when major milestones are not met or there is a significant delay in meeting those milestones. They could be in one or more areas of language, emotional, cognitive, social or motor functionality.
What are behavioral challenges? Behavioral challenges exist in children who have poor executive function and the inability to self-regulate. It produces a disproportionate response to circumstances and for children who struggle and can result in extreme frustration or even violent behavior towards others.
Behavior is a Language
When you are dealing with a child with behavioral challenges, it can be frustrating and exhausting. It can damage relationships if the child lashes out, becoming abusive to the adult. One thing we look at is behavior because it is always an indication of what is happening in the brain.
Imagine if you had auditory processing difficulties. When the teacher spoke in school, you were processing much slower than she was talking. You could only process one direction at a time. So by the time the teacher has asked you to put away your bag, take out your pencil and start to copy from the board. One of two things will happen.
- You will retain the first direction and will take your bag, put it away and then stand there wondering what you are supposed to be doing next. The rest of the directions were not processed by your brain because it took that long to work out the first part. The teacher then gets frustrated with you and tells you to do what she told you to do. You don’t know what that is, because not only have you not processed the words, but you also don’t have good auditory memory to remember them anyway. She tells you to get back to your seat, get out your pen and start copying on the board. Once again, you go back to your seat but don’t process the rest because your brain is busy processing the first part and so it goes on, with the teacher getting more frustrated because you were not listening. You can’t keep up, you get bored in class and so you start to fidget or last out in frustration.
- You will retain the last direction so will start to copy from the board but get into trouble for not putting your bag away. A similar scenario to the first but just the opposite.
Diana works with all sorts of developmental delays and behavioral challenges. In time, she has seen teenagers go from failing everything at school to passing every subject, from being socially isolated to thriving in social situations.
It all comes down to retraining the brain and giving it the right stimulus for that individual.
After an initial consultation, personal programs are written every 6 weeks to allow for retesting and feedback to know what is needed.
Testing and Assessment
We use a battery of tests to find out exactly where the deficits in learning are occurring, so we know how to change the brain to facilitate better learning. It also gives us an accurate way to measure progress. Click to see the range of testing and assessment tools we use.
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