DEVENIR: DEVeloppement Eveil Neurologique

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DEVENIR: DEVeloppement Eveil Neurologique

Our work consists in teaching parents of handicapped children, a home program to stimulate their child’s physical and intellectual development.

Catherine Marchal, Nathalie Henry, Maxime Dugers

Catherine Marchal, Nathalie Henry and Maxime Dugers trained for two years with Mike and Helen Downey, from Brain Solutions. The Downey’s went to the United States many years ago to learn about multisensory stimulation methods for their second son, who suffered from a rare syndrome. This method enabled their son to progress immensely, and they therefore decided to train and teach other parents with handicapped children throughout Europe. Over the years they widened their horizons and learnt other techniques and methods.

Mike and Helen retired in 2008, after 30 years of practice throughout the world, and trained us, the DEVENIR team, to continue their work with handicapped children and children with learning difficulties.

We come from three different professional backgrounds, including scientific research, computer assisted learning, and education, and worked alongside Mike and Helen Downey for two years, to learn the various techniques of multisensory stimulation: sensory, vestibular, physical and intellectual stimulation… we also trained at the INPP in Chester (UK) for the evaluation and inhibition of primitive reflexes and in Scotland for Johansen sound therapy.

Our role is not to establish a diagnosis, but to evaluate what a child can do and what needs to be done to make that child progress. We teach parents exercises to do with their child, to help them develop both physically and intellectually. These exercises must be done on a daily basis, and can easily be done at home. Our programs are different for each child and adapted to his or her specific needs, whether the child is handicapped (cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, developmental delay, victims of traumas, autistic children…) or suffering from learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia, behaviour problems, attention or concentration disorders…).

Our method takes into account the child’s social and family context and we are careful to not disrupt the family unit.