Special Needs Therapies and Brain Injury Resources
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain injury or was born with different abilities, you will
probably, at some point, get to the limit of what traditional therapies can do to help, while knowing that
you or your loved one has not yet reached their full potential.
The truth is that each brain and each brain injury is totally unique and will require a unique combination
of therapies to recover or achieve their full potential. You might have been told that time is against you,
that, if you have not progressed after a certain amount of time, you should not hold too much hope that
you will get better. We used to believe that the brain had a limited ability to heal, but the latest research
in neuroscience clearly shows that we continue to produce new brain cells throughout our lives and that
the brain is continually rewiring and reorganizing itself. It is what neuroscientists call neuroplasticity and
it means that there are ways to stimulate brain repair and regrowth. Certain types of movements have
been shown to help our brain grow and develop, which explains the number of methods that use
This page is constantly updated to give you a place to find what else is out there to help you or your
loved one continue to develop their brain abilities. These methods and therapies have been
recommended to me by parents of special needs children, or brain injured patients and I have seen first
hand their benefits for my patients.
But remember, each one of us is unique and what works for one person, might not work for another one.
You will have to do your own research and this page is meant to give you the starting point to do that.
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The Feldenkrais Method
The Anat Baniel method
The Irlen Method
The Irlen Method is non-invasive technology that uses
colored overlays and filters to improve the brain's ability
to process visual information. It is the only method
scientifically proven to successfully correct the
processing problems associated with Irlen Syndrome.
Aquatic therapy is an excellent therapeutic low impact
activity for individuals of all abilities. Aquatic therapy
activities can be done in either indoor or outdoor pool
facilities and consist of cardiovascular endurance and
conditioning exercises. These include walking, jogging,
jumping, swimming, kicking, and other continuous
rhythmic activities that elevate metabolism and improve
Hippotherapy Hippotherapy is used by physical
therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
It uses the movements of the horse as a means to
achieve their treatment goals. It is tailored to the goals
and needs of the patient, and uses horse leaders and side
walkers. The goal is never to learn how to ride, but to
take advantage of the unique type of movement a horse
provides to improve the patient's outcomes . It is often
used to help children with cerebral palsy learn how to
become more flexible, or to use their back better, etc...
The Masgutova Method
Since 1989, Dr. Masgutova has been researching the
influence of motor reflex and sensory integration on the
different aspects of motor, communication and cognitive
development, and emotional and behavioral regulation,
to the great benefit of those who have accessed her
knowledge and approach.
Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME)
Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME) Physical Therapy is a
totally avant-garde approach inspired to provoke
automatic motor responses in motor delayed children
from ages of 3 months ahead.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and
enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system
called the craniosacral system - comprised of the
membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and
protect the brain and spinal cord.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy