Our treatment approach

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Development & Learning Development Centre or “B.I.R.D.” has been carrying out it’s treatment therapy called ‘Developmental Reflexive Rehabilitation” since 1982.

There is a great deal of clinical evidence to support theories that developing movement patterns to facilitate neural feedback to the brain can reduce neurological dysfunction caused by retained primitive reflexes.

Our work has been show to help a wide range of children & adults with what may be termed ‘neurological dysfunction’; whether congenital or acquired.  In practice, the term covers people with a vast array of neurologically-related disabilities.  These include children with autism, mild learning, behavioural or communication difficulties, complex disability, to people with acquired brain injury such as stroke.

B.I.R.D.’s work is based on the theory that these conditions can be assisted by inhibiting the primitive reflexes that are inhibited by the majority in the year after birth.  A continued presence of primitive reflexes can affect a person’s development and functioning on a physical, psychological, social and cognitive basis.

‘Developmental Reflexive Rehabilitation’ is based on a series of movement patterns that facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.  These carefully designed movements inhibit primitive reflexes that have failed to correctly develop in early life or which have been re-released at a later stage through brain injury.