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.
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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.