Brain Rehabilitation


There are many ways of stimulating the brain in order to accelerate re-establishment of damaged neural pathways. Specialist educational methods such as Applied Behaviour Analysis as well as more conventional Speech & Language Therapy and Sensory Integration can all help. It is even possible that unorthodox methods such as Son-Rise and interaction with animals can cause chemical changes in the brain, though it is not known how.

Body Talk was developed by Australian chiropractor Dr. John Veltheim as a system for re-connecting neural pathways through a systematic tapping on key areas of the body. This is done by the practitioner during a session, who then provides a set of DIY exercises to perform on or by the patient in between sessions. The list of local practitioners in the UK such as Body Talk Essex is growing, indicating some degree of patient satisfaction.

INPP was set up by PhD Psychologist Peter Blythe originally to research into the effects of immaturity in the functioning of the central nervous system. Now it has developed into a full-blown set of exercises to improve nervous system functioning, with corresponding reductions in learning difficulties. The system developed by BIRD is similar.

More unusual is the way that interaction with animals can sometimes trigger dramatic improvements in social interaction by children with autism. Perhaps this because a relationship with an animal is somewhat simpler that that with another person, allowing the child to at least grasp the concept of what a relationship is. The rapidity with which some children thne progress can only be explained by some kind of physical change in the brain. This was well illustrated by the BBC Drama After Thomas, first broadcast in the UK in 2006. If it is not possible to have a pet, then a similar mechanism may be triggered by other animal interactions such as Dolphin Therapy or Horse Riding.