At Wellness Integrated we have observed that children with special needs function better after craniosacral therapy. Noticeable changes occur resulting improved:
Fine motor and gross motor skills
Response to environmental stimuli
Clarity in thinking
Normalization of sensory processing
Stability in moods and emotions
Inhibition of inappropriate repetitive movements
verbal as well as non-verbal communication.
We also found that children who received craniosacral therapy along with other developmental therapies such as occupational therapy or speech therapy, tend to improve further as well as more quickly than children who have not received any craniosacral therapy intervention.
Prevent deterioration with early intervention
Early intervention programmes can assist children in learning to cope with their problems and stress issues, thus preventing further deterioration of their condition(s), as well as play an integral role in helping a child develop to his/her fullest potential.
Research in childhood development has shown that the rate of learning and development is most rapid in the first five years of a child's life, and early intervention programmes can help prepare a child for greater integration into society despite his/her impairment.
Treatments and interventions might best be understood as 'caring' for a child rather than 'curing' a child.
Almost instantaneous results with
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, relaxing, hands-on therapy that can help children and families deal with some of the physical and emotional issues that are common to developmental delays.
Craniosacral therapy should be considered a primary therapy in any early intervention programme for children. In my seven years of practice, I have treated a number of special needs children and I observed that they seemed to have sluggish craniosacral rhythms which indicated some degree of tightness and non-compliant in their intracranial membranes. These children tend to have high tension in their meninges and a compromised flow of cerebrospinal fluid. They may also have an occipital base compression and experience restricted mobility of the Craniosacral system.
A testimonial from Shareen Bally (name has been changed to protect client's confidentiality), a young mum having to cope with a son with learning disabilities.
I was referred to Adida Shahab of Wellness Integrated by Aqeel's teacher (Anisa of My Montessori Classroom). Anisa pointed to me that Aqeel had difficulties in focusing in class and he had very poor writing skills. He had difficulties forming is letters and was rather slow in processing the information that was being taught in class. It did not occur to me that a young child would have such issues as I thought it was part of a child's learning process where some children are just faster in learning than others. However, Anisa recommended seeing a therapist to access the situation and I was open to the suggestion.
I started at a well known centre initially and it was confirmed that he had some issues to this. With that, I had also received other recommendations on special programmes and therapy sessions until I was highly recommended to try Craniosacral Therapy.
I had no idea initially, but went along with the recommendation. It was not apparent to me that Aqeel had other issues. All along I had perceived him to be a difficult child and very temperamental. I had challenges speaking to him, asking him to do simple task and having him listen to instructions. I was terribly wrong.
After about 6 session of once a week Craniosacral Therapy treatment I noticed a remarkable change in my son. Not only was he more attentive in class, he is more responsive to his environment. He does his school work without much deliberation with me. His outburst of anger and explosiveness becomes less frequent. He now interacts well with his classmates and is more gentle and kinder to his younger brother. I do not know what specifically what Adida did, but it really changed my relationship with my son. He is not easily frustrated with the people around him.
I am glad I was introduced to Craniosacral Therapy at an early stage in Aqeel's life. The early intervention has indeed helped in his development and Aqeel has shown tremendous improvement. I am thankful for the support and help I have received.