How we guide and support you
ADD/ADHD, brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration disorders, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorders, cerebral palsy, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, etc. are labels often used to describe behavioural, organisational and academic anomalies that are frequently judged in many societies, and that may cause struggles with life’s endeavours. Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre will help you see beyond these labels and gain an understanding of the underlying causes of the behaviours associated with them; we support you to know and appreciate the interconnected way your nervous system currently functions to make you the unique person you are. From this understanding we create a treatment program to restore hope, regain function and renew relationships.
Loving and accepting ourselves for who we are right now, in each moment, creates the confidence and courage to try new things that may have been previously challenging. Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre holds clients in a cradle of unconditional regard and loving presence, while offering guidance in the form of nutritional support, awareness practice, organised movement, and environmental influences. This combination creates the opportunity for a client to confidently grow and thrive in the ways that are important to him/her.
At Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre we specialise in uncovering and addressing the root causes of the things that get in the way of life and learning for individuals of all ages, including, but not limited to, those with a diagnosis of:
- Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
- Aphasia and other Language Disorders
- Apraxia and Dyspraxia
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autistic Behaviours (ASD)
- Brain Injury (Acquired or Traumatic [TBI])
- Cerebellar Ataxia
- Cerebral Palsy
- CHARGE Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Issues Related to Ageing
- Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and other Learning Disorders)
- Memory and Organisational Disorders
- Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar)
- Perplexing Behaviour Disorders (e.g., Conduct Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Behaviours)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Visual-Perceptual-Motor Dysfunctions
Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre has made a significant impact on the lives of many individuals among diverse populations with varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The nervous system, including the brain, is designed to adapt continuously throughout a lifetime, so one is never too young or too old to benefit from our services. We bring together into a home-implemented program a combination of approaches including respectful interaction and support, developmental movement patterns, reflex integration, nutritional recommendations, and lifestyle support; incorporating the understanding of environmental influences, and from a basis of unconditional regard and loving presence. The result is a gentle non-stressful approach to the whole life of the client, the family/caregivers, and the work and learning environments.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
1) Personal Mastery
When working with individuals and families, we learn about the understandable fears, worries and concerns parents hold about their child and individuals have about themselves. Science is now proving that our thoughts and our beliefs (including our worries, fears, etc) about the things in our lives determines how we feel, how we behave, and how we take action. For most of us, those thoughts and beliefs are automatic, so we don’t tend to question them; we assume we have to worry, be scared, etc. about things we don’t want in our lives. Yet these thoughts and beliefs may be limiting for you or your child and family, perpetuating the behavioural patterns and stress. We share with you strategies to help you become aware of your underlying beliefs and to let go of any that may be limiting, so that you can move towards a happier, less stressful, life.
Hippocrates said 2000 years ago, “All diseases begin in the gut.” When the body and/or the nervous system experience stress, digestion is no longer a priority and is put on hold so that resources can be allocated to getting away from the perceived threat. When the threat is frequent or continual, food is frequently or continually not digested, which can result in further stress, gut dysbiosis, malabsorption, allergies, food intolerances, and chronic health concerns. We problem-solve the source of this stress cycle and offer appropriate dietary, nutritional and detoxing recommendations – and we offer ongoing support to help you be successful with implementing the recommendations.
We recognise the critical role of a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract so that the body can assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste efficiently. Therefore, we support families to make their own fermented foods. Fermented foods are an excellent and cost effective source of beneficial bacteria -probiotics.
We support you to detect and minimise elements in your everyday environment that may be bothersome and that may interfere with your ability to perceive and/or concentrate. For some individuals these can feel annoying, for some distracting, and for others painful. These elements may be bothersome due to oversensitivity to touch, smell or sound; they may be visually distracting or uncomfortable; they may be related to body in space sensations. It is difficult to enhance neural pathways when continually in an
environment that contains the very things that overstimulate them. This can feel like swimming upstream. Minimising these environmental elements will lower stress and increase function.
4) HANDLE Program (the Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency)
How HANDLE comes to life – the HANDLE Assessment process
The HANDLE Assessment and program is for individuals of any age, who have a desire to do things with more ease and efficiency, and/or who have disorders or conditions that may or may not be diagnosed. The observational Assessment results in an extensive neurodevelopmental profile and a comprehensive HANDLE program to enhance and integrate sensory, motor, and processing systems. A personalised HANDLE program is part of an all-encompassing paradigm that is gently incorporated into your daily life to begin the process of change toward increased function and efficiency.
The Assessment is an in-depth evaluation that includes a series of tasks to help determine how the body/brain system of an individual processes and organises information. This Assessment is appropriate for individuals of all ages with mild to severe neurological, learning, organisational and behavioural concerns. HANDLE assessments are available from Certified HANDLE Practitioners only.
The process involves:
- An extensive developmental survey of current and past behaviours, including how the individual interacts with his or her environmentNonjudgemental observational assessment of behaviours and evaluation of specific neurodevelopmental functions through a series of rapport building activitiesObservation of the degree to which the vestibular system (part of the inner ear) interacts with and supports other systemsThe development of a full neurodevelopmental profile, which is a visual map that identifies specific findings and illuminates the dynamic interaction between systems that explain individual functional concerns as well as gifts and strengthsThe creation of a personalised HANDLE programPresentation of findings, discussion of results and explanation and coaching through the implementation of the HANDLE programRecommendations for altering environmental influences, nutritional recommendations, and possible recommendations for complementary therapiesA commitment on the part of the client/family to incorporating this paradigm into your daily life, as well as a time commitment of up to 30 minutes per day to implement the individualised program of HANDLE activities
Description of Assessment and Program
We observe the client’s response patterns during a unique series of tasks and rapport-building activities. The response from the client is not judged. Rather, all behaviours and responses are seen as information to help us see how the body/brain system is working. We observe sensory and motor systems and processing modalities. Seemingly perplexing behaviours come together as pieces of a puzzle and are charted into a profile of the individual’s core neurological processing and attentional priorities. The evaluation process typically takes one to two hours. Analysing the findings and developing the profile, then designing the individualised program of HANDLE activities and any other recommendations, is done by the Practitioner in a two-hour period during which the client/family is not present.
Presentation of Results and Recommendations
Another two hours are spent discussing the results of the Assessment, explaining the recommendations, and guiding the client through his/her individualised program that helps the brain/body system to process and organise information more efficiently. We provide written instructions and any materials needed to do the recommended activities. We will also offer nutritional recommendations to enhance the brain’s functioning, along with suggestions for compensatory measures that the client may wish to employ while working on his or her program. In addition, we may recommend specific complementary therapies.
Individualised Program of HANDLE Activities
Each program is customised for effective application in the client’s home or other supportive setting. The program usually requires less than a half hour daily to complete, doesn’t have to be done all at once, or even in a certain order. Some activities may require support from a helper. The focus is always on Gentle Enhancement® to strengthen the client’s neurological functioning without producing stress. Video recordings made of all clinical sessions provide the client and caregiver a tool for easy reference at home.
Only current HANDLE Institute Affiliates are authorised to offer HANDLE services, and only to the level of their training. There are two types of HANDLE providers: Screeners and Practitioners.
- Screeners are certified to provide HANDLE Screenings.
- Practitioners are certified to offer comprehensive HANDLE Assessments, consultations, and therapeutic services, including a HANDLE Screening. Each HANDLE Practitioner is individually certified to work with a particular age range and specified neurodevelopmental differences.
Visit the website of The HANDLE Institute for a complete listing of current Certified HANDLE Screeners and Practitioners.
How it all comes together:
The in-person day program & follow-up
We invite individuals and families to visit with us in our in-home clinic over two days, during which the Assessment, Presentation, nutrition, and beliefs sessions will take place, so that we can get to know you better. This time together also enables you to have more time to get to know us, to ask questions, to eat nutritious, organic, low allergy foods, and to relax. Our in-home clinic is cleaned with only natural, non-chemical products, Wi-fi is turned off, and we cater to your specific hypersensitivities. The day program makes it possible for us to make cultured vegetables together, and to observe you and/or your whole family in different daily life situations.
Follow up – Program Reviews
We schedule an appointment with you seven to ten days after the Assessment. During this 1.5 hour appointment we watch you perform all the activities in your or your child’s program, then fine tune or make adjustments as needed. Nutritional and environmental recommendations are clarified as necessary. Personal mastery work is reviewed and amended. For those who are not local, this appointment can be conducted via Skype, video clips, and email.
We include eight Program Reviews evenly spaced over the next twelve months, to alter the program in keeping with your or your child’s development and aspirations. As systems become stronger, some activities are discontinued and new activities are introduced; additional awareness/beliefs homework is presented; and nutritional support is amended. For those who are not local, this appointment can be conducted via Skype, video clips, and email. Each review takes approximately one and a half to two hours.