(aka Irlen syndrome, visual dyslexia, scotopic sensitivity)
Do words or letters appear to jump or move on a page (like above)?
Do you have light sensitivity?
Do you struggle with migraines or eyestrain from reading, homework, computer work or fluorescent lighting?
Or perhaps you are dealing with the perceptual distortions that often follow a stroke, concussion or other brain injury?
Visual Stress may be a part of the problem. Visual Stress or visual processing disorder is a neurological condition characterized by hyperactivity of the brain's visual cortex. When this area is not processing visual information properly, the result is visual and perceptual distortions.
It is possible that precision colour filters can help. Lisa's Holistic Rehab & Neurofeedback can work with your optometric team or refer you to a qualified team and together we can find the right solution.
Emotional regulation is the ability to effectively respond, manage and change the way we feel and cope with life situations with the range of emotions in a socially acceptable manner. This means being flexible to allow certain reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions when needed. Children who are able to regulate their emotions can resolve conflicts, pay more attention, work harder, and do well in school.
From biofeedback technology, an 8 week in clinic Zones of regulation program, to spending time in our multi-sensory space; we have lots of options to help your child to learn to self regulate. Works for adults too!
Auditory Integration Training
Bérard AIT or Tomatis was developed to address auditory hypersensitivity, distortions, and delays in listening that negatively impact processing auditory information. The system uses modulated music fed through headphones to an individual to train the middle and inner ear to improve listening skills. We have a 10 -14 hour in clinic program or a home listening program. It involves listening (from 30-90 min a day) to either mainstream or classical music that has been acoustically modified and delivered through special headphones air and/or bone conduction to provide enhanced or filtered signals in certain frequencies.
Listening training is a good addition to a treatment plan for those with sensory processing disorder (Hall and Case-Smith, 2007) and diagnoses that present with sensory processing difficulties.
Walking is a great form of exercise. Not only does it help your muscles, bones, joints, and heart but it also helps boost blood flow to the brain, decreases stress hormone, releases endorphins to improve mood, lowers depression and even reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The downside to walking is that your legs do most of the work and you get little conditioning of your back, shoulder, core and arm muscles until now. By adding a pair of walking poles you can get almost twice the workout. Nordic walking – also called exerstriding, pole walking or what we in the clinic call Urban poling, combines the aerobic and strength building benefits of cross-country skiing with walking. It takes walking to the next level.
Here are the top 10 reasons
- It is easy to learn and suitable for people of all ages & almost all fitness levels!
- It’s a fun, low impact and convenient way to increase the health benefits of walking. Can easily fit into coffee and lunch breaks
- For people who are in sedentary jobs Urban Poling is a simple and non intimidating way to get this population active.
- Economical - you only need a pair of poles and good walking shoes
- It can be done in any location (sidewalks, streets, malls, parks, hiking trails, etc.) It can be practiced on almost any terrain (asphalt, gravel, grass, snow, etc.)
- Poles improve balance and increase confidence and motivation during walking.
- Improves and maintains posture; strengthens the abdominals, back, shoulder and increases lateral stability of the spine. Lessens stress to hips, knees and ankles (weight shifts to the upper body).
- Eases hill climbing, and provides more stability when going downhill.
- Excellent health benefits (Rutlin, 2004) - uses 90% of the body’s muscles - back contracts 900 and abdominal muscles contract 1,800 times per mile.; burns from 20-46% more calories; greatly increases cardio workouts with 10-15 more heartbeats per minute.
- 30 minutes of Urban Poling = 50 minutes of regular walking!
Our staff are licensed to teach the techniques of Urban Poling and are able to modify this method for people with the following conditions: arthritis, Post hip or knee surgery patients (not for full weight bearing), mild to moderate stages of certain neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, MS, stroke, etc.), Frail older adults with stability and balance issues, individuals who require gait retraining (incorporated into our Portable Neuromodulation Stimulation - PoNS protocol).
Find out more about joining our 6-week walking program or buy the poles and get two sessions to learn how to use them.
Rutlin, Tom. 2004. Exerstrider. USA: Madison, WI
Cellfield - a reading disability program
Straight from Australia - the Cellfield program is a brain based 12 week intervention reading disability program that helps rehabilitate and strengthen the auditory and the visual processing skills that may cause difficulty for these readers. This program gets to the root cause(neuroplasticity) by using visual exercises to stimulate visual attention, visual processing and working memory, as well as acoustically modified sound to assist auditory perception. In doing so, it develops neurological connections and activation of parts of the brain which are involved in reading. Time committment:
Phase 1 - 1 hr a day for 10 days on a computerized program consisting of a number of visual activities, ocular- motor activities, reading activities, connecting phonics to vision, and working memory exercises. Uses neuroplasticity principles to open more expedient pathways for the job of reading and learning.
Phase 2 - 1 hr a week for 10 weeks on an individualized program to work on reading speed, comprehension, and decoding.
Note that 2-3 testing sessions wil l be required
Brain-imaging technology has made it possible to see brains working while a child is reading. Typical readers use their left half of their brain in a compact, interconnected and highly efficient way. Poor readers use both sides of their brains in a disconnected and highly inefficient way (Sally Shaywitz, 2004).
Shaywitz, B. A., Shaywitz, S. E., Blachman, B. A., Pugh, K. R., Fulbright, R. K., Skudlarski, P., ... & Gore, J. C. (2004). Development of left occipitotemporal systems for skilled reading in children after a phonologically-based intervention. Biological psychiatry, 55(9), 926-933.
Brain Timing Training
There exists a growing body of literature describing the brain timing deficits in various learning difficulties (Shaffer et al, 2001). By addressing timing in the brain with functional therapy interventions you are addressing areas that impact achievement and independence. The game-like auditory-visual platform engages the client and provides constant feedback at the millisecond level to promote synchronized timing in the brain. Program 0ffered in clinic and in home.
Handwriting without tears
Handwriting is becoming a lost art. It is not in the school curriculum to be taught to students. This means that they have to pick it up as they go along which is hard for children with learning disabilities or delayed motor skills.
Lisa's Holistic Rehab & Neurofeedback can implement the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. This is a multi sensory, engaging program that incorporates developmentally appropriate tools and strategies. It teaches efficient pencil grip, letter placement and formation and helps with reversals. This program can be offered individually or in groups.