• Katya McCubbing

An Introduction to the IAHP and the benefits for a child with Down syndrome


IAHP Webinar on Trisomy 21 and Autism - streamed live on May 17, 2016 with Janet Doman

I first learned about the IAHP through through the book Naturally Better Kids. I was very fortunate to discover this book when my daughter Beth was just a couple of weeks old and it really laid the foundations for her early years. I will be forever indebted to the author Kristen Morrison.

After reading Naturally Better Kids we purchased many of the IAHP Books. Many of them can be purchased cheaply second hand through Abebooks, it is certainly worth shopping around for the best deals. At 8 months my husband traveled to Singapore to study on the week long What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child Course. It was very empowering and motivating.

Share from Mummalove.com

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) uses neurodevelopment programs to significantly improve the ability of a child with a brain injury to learn, communicate, problem solve and perform at age level or above. Their programs use techniques such as:

  • patterning – manipulation of head and limbs in a rhythmic process

  • creeping – moving the body forward with the abdomen contacting the floor

  • crawling – moving the body forward with the abdomen raised from the floor

  • receptive stimulation – auditory, tactile and visual stimulation

  • expressive activities – picking up objects

  • masking – increasing cerebral blood flow by breathing into a mask to increase inhaled Carbon Dioxide

  • brachiation – swinging from a vertical ladder or monkey bar gravity/antigravity activities – hanging upside down, rolling and somersaulting

If you want to read more about the IAHP and their work with children with Down syndrome, please click on this link. They hold courses in many different countries around the world.

#IAHP #neurodevelopmental #therapies #education #nutrition

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