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Sound and Movement Therapy

Assessing development milestones and retained reflexes are a potential indication for brain immaturity, where sections of the brain are not fully developed. Harley Row Clinic adopts an innovative three-step holistic approach that combines nutrition, movement and sound therapy to support children with learning difficulties.

A child on a laptop using sound therapy.

Holistic Therapy for Neurodiverse Children

The human brain is continuously developing over our lifetime, with the most significant developmental milestones happening during childhood.

Your child begins developing neural connections in the brain from birth. Involuntary movements by your baby stimulate muscle spindle messages to the vestibular system and cerebellum, which in turn stimulates connections in the frontal lobe – the part of the brain associated with planning, understanding behaviour, memory and problem-solving. The sounds that your baby hears allow the brain to create the necessary neurones to identify individual phenomes in each word.

Movement is a critical part of brain development and body awareness. From simple reflexes in infants to learning gross motor skills such as running, walking, sitting, posture, and balance - and fine motor skills such as writing or colouring are all predictive of language outcomes in childhood development. They also lead to successful cognition and social and emotional development stages in many children.

Like a pyramid of orderly behaviour, if a child were to skip any of these developmental stages, perhaps due to a neurodevelopmental issue or even a childhood illness, there can be consequences later in life. Therefore, assessing a child’s development milestones and retained reflexes is a potential indicator for brain immaturity, i.e. where sections of the brain are not fully developed.

Many of these indicators can manifest at school and contribute to low academic performance, social behaviour issues, delays in language development, poor co-ordination, reading, writing difficulties and anxiety.

Harley Row Clinic’s three-step programme is a holistic approach that integrates nutrition with movement and sound healing to support children with learning difficulties. By combining these areas, we aim to treat all aspects of your child’s health, not just their symptoms.

There is evidence to show that making simple changes to your child’s diet can help to improve their ability to focus. It also has a positive impact on their mood and memory. Our team of nutritionists work with you and your child to understand what changes could be made to your child’s nutrition. The impact of this can help them to feel calmer and more confident, concentrate, socialise, and interact with their friends – all changes that will make their child's experience at school a more positive one.

Physical movement exercises that may involve swinging, spinning and testing coordination can indicate a child’s brain maturity. This is because motor skills develop in a predictable trajectory, with each skill building upon the previous. Movement therapy aims to enhance a child’s cognitive, physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing. Physical exercises can improve brain plasticity and influence cognition. Therefore, movement therapy can be effective in addressing delays in any of these areas.

Sound therapy is also highly effective for addressing learning difficulties and can be beneficial for successful listening and learning. Sound therapy stimulates the nerve pathways into and within the brain which benefit the areas dealing with language, in particular. These language centres speed up making the processing of language more efficient. Concentration and understanding improves as information is dealt with more quickly, in turn increasing the volume of information that can be processed at a time. Literacy skills such as reading and spelling are often seen to improve as the child becomes more proficient at analysing the sound structure of words.

What Are The Symptoms of

Sound and Movement Therapy

What Are The Benefits of

Sound and Movement Therapy

Children that participate in our three-step programme can see outstanding results in as little as 12 weeks (results are individual to the child’s ability), such as:

· Improved co-ordination and ability in sports

· Moved up 2-3 reading levels

· Class participation

· Listening and talking skills

· Interest in reading

· Academic achievement in maths and science

· Increase memory

· Improve attention and focus

· Ability to follow instructions efficiently in noisy classroom

· Ability to distinguish sounds,

· Improve vocabulary, speech and spelling.

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Our team specialises in private help for children and young patients. We are here to support you in taking that first step towards receiving help. Please get in touch.

Frequently asked questions

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What happens in the nutritional assessment?

The digestive system and brain are directly linked via the vagus nerve. So, if you have ever had a ‘gut feeling’ – it really could be your gut sending messages directly to your brain. With such an important job, you can see why a healthy gut leads to a healthy mind and body. A varied diet leads to a varied and healthy gut microbiome, sending clear messages to your child’s brain. A more restricted diet can lead to a less healthy microbiome – and that can lead to those messages becoming more confused.

During the nutritional assessment, we’ll discuss how the food your child eats can impact on their brain. Simple nutritional changes create a big impact. For example, if we can increase the amount of fibre such as fruit and vegetables in your child’s diet, this will help the microbiome to diversify, helping to improve your child’s ability to focus as well as improve their mood and memory.

What is involved in sound therapy?

Sound therapy is ‘exercise for the ear’ and involves your child listening to selected music and stories and carrying out a series of auditory exercises.

Specially selected music and sounds that are designed to gently change and organise auditory processing are played to your child during the session. It addresses underlying auditory processing which helps your child to notice discrimination and organisation of the detail of sound.

What is involved in movement therapy?

Your child will be asked to perform a set of physical movement exercises that may involve swinging, spinning and testing co-ordination. These exercises will provide an indication of their brain maturity.

By the end of the session, you will have a tailored set of exercises for your child to practice at home. You will also receive a short report that expands on your child’s performance and how the exercises are related to their learning.

Interested in finding out more?

Our specialists can talk to you about how our holistic three-step programme may benefit your child and address any learning difficulties. Call one of our specialist team members to find out more.

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