There are typically 7 phases that a child must achieve for neurological balance. Based on where each client lies on the neurodevelopmental spectrum determines which phase or phases need to be worked on in order to attain proper balance. When a person has skipped critical brain development, or has not completed a phase of development, or has been injured it may be necessary that they go back to that phase to “catch up”, develop, and strengthen those brain connections.
As an analogy, this can be compared to building block structures. If certain blocks are missing or slightly askew, then the foundation is not very strong and might collapse under duress or stress. Sometimes it is only a minor imbalance, which requires minimal strengthening of the brain connections. Sometimes there are numerous disconnects or developmental delays that will impact the connections more severely. Checking each phase or milestone will ensure the connections are strong and complete. Once we measure each phase and are assured of balance we know the next “building block” or phase can be achieved.
Phases: Each phase or step needs to be strongly in place prior to the next phase so that each will be equally strong and can build from the last phase or stage.