Child Centre Method

What is Child Centre Method(CCM)?

Having worked for over ten years supporting children’s communication and development I have learned that all aspects of children’s learning and development is intertwined and cannot be separated into different parts. The Child Centre Method (CCM) is a result of years of research and experience from Dr. Alweena Awan. CCM brings together a combination of complimentary therapy modalities to support children’s learning, behaviour and emotional challenges in a unique way. As a therapist working with a multidisciplinary team I have had the value and wisdom. Most conversations about children’s behaviour and emotional challenges return to the fundamental question, what is the underlying reason, motivation or cause? Dr. Awan’s evidenced based and researched Program highlights retained reflexes as an underlying point of stress on an individual’s system and provides a systematic Program to resolve stressors and integrate the reflexes, returning the induvial to a state of balance and equilibrium.

Dr. Alweena Awan is the Founder and international director of The Child Centre Method-Learning and Behaviour Improvement Program® (CCM). CCM is the culmination of over twenty years of experience working with children, as teacher, researcher and therapist.

The Child Centre Method ® is a “systematic integrated program that allows the practitioner to firstly identify the individual challenges that each client faces and secondly create a unique program for that individual”.

How can Child Centre Method(CCM) help you and your child?

Is your child frustrated with reading difficulties?

Finding it challenging to sit still?

Worried about spellings?

Always putting pressure on themselves to be perfect?

Frequently having difficulty regulating their emotions and expressing themselves?

Is doing homework a stressful event?

If you answered yes to any of these questions CCM can help you and your child.

The CCM can help with the following

ADD/ADHD

Anxiety

Behavioural problems

Clumsiness & Poor co-ordination

Disorganisation

Dyslexia

Dyspraxia

Handwriting problems

Learning problems

Sleep problems

Stress related problems

What are Retained Primitive Reflexes?

Retained Primitive Reflexes are the keys to understanding many child learning and behaviour issues. The integration and treatment of these forms a major part of the Child Centre method ®.

CASE STUDY : B came to me at 7 years old experiencing challenges with learning; reading, writing and spellings, taking down her homework from the board. She found it really challenging to sit and attend, even though she really wanted to. She also experienced some sensory and emotional regulation challenges. She wanted to do well and please people and always put pressure on herself to achieve, regardless of what her parents said to her. The CCM assessment revealed retained primitive and postural reflexes. Reflexes were integrated using CCM and B was given follow up integration exercises. Following two sessions her parents noted changes in her handwriting and behaviour. Following four major reflexes being integrated parents reported significant changes in her learning behaviour and emotional regulation. B was now happily sitting down to complete her homework, without feeling distracted, her handwriting improved and her mood was calmer and more relaxed in general.

Retained reflexes can be blocking you from realising your potential. Retained primitive reflexes are key to understanding children’s learning and behaviour issues and are at the heart of the Child Centre Method.

Child and family service

Through my personal and professional experience I have learned about the importance of working with the child and their family. Retained reflexes, emotional and behavioural challenges and learning difficulties are not just for kids. Becoming a parent has given me an opportunity to look at aspects of myself that were influencing my children’s behaviour and development. Through kinesiology, I was able to identify and resolve conscious and subconscious blockages, including retained reflexes, which had been barriers to me being free to be and express my true self.

Elements of the CCM Program and Attuning to Full Potential (AFP) Kinesiology provide an effective, gentle approach for adults to identify and resolve points of stress in their physical, emotional and spiritual body. Attuning To Full Potential – AFP

How do retained primitive reflexes affect learning and behaviour?

Primitive and postural reflexes are a cluster of programmed automatic movements which develop for our survival. The Moro Reflex, for example, allows a new born baby to take it’s first breath. As an infant grows and develops, this reflex is replaced by newly learned movements in the process of integration. Problems arise if the Moro Reflex is retained, as the body is held in “fight or flight” mode and in a constant state of high alert. This will impact on how the child learns and behaves and on their emotional well-being.

How are retained reflexes identified?

Retained reflexes can be identified by careful examinations of physical, emotional and social behaviours. Retained reflexes create great challenges to people at any age and can impact on natural abilities in reading, writing, speech and language, behaviour and emotions. The CCM provides assessment and integration of retained reflexes.

More on primitive reflexes

Primitive reflexes are a set of programmes in the brain which are present in all humans for survival. They are integrated and “switched off” when an infant starts to have conscious control of their movements and normal childhood activities e.g. crawling, climbing. If the reflexes are retained they can lead to neuro-developmental delay and poor sensory integration. For example, they can impair balance which will cause a child difficulty in judging space, distance, depth and speed. Balance is vital for everyone. When astronauts lose their sense of balance in space they start to write from right to left, reverse numbers and letters and produce mirror writing.

Common indicators of retained neonatal reflexes are

Problems in pregnancy.

Problems in delivery.

Problems with birthing (forceps, suction, C-section, induction, long, short).

Difficulty in feeding or keeping milk down.

Early or late walking – before 10 months or after 16 months.

Unusual crawling action or skip the cross crawling stage.

Late when learning to talk (2-3 words by 2 years).

Serious illness or seizures in the first 18 months of life.

Signs of eczema, asthma or allergies or recurrent sinus or ear infections or headaches.

Adverse reactions to childhood vaccinations.

Thumb sucking past the age of 5.

Bed wetting regularly past the age of 5.

Problems with travel / motion sickness.

Trouble establishing hand dominance or crossing the midline with objects.

Over reaction to sudden loud noise.

At School

Problems learning to read and / or write in the early years at school.

Difficulty telling the time on an analogue clock.

Difficulty riding a bicycle.

Difficulty catching a ball and poor coordination.

Problems being still.

Problems when copying from the board.

Occasionally miss letters or write them backwards or missing words out when reading.

Awkward pencil grip.

Behavioural problems at school or problems with going to school.

Problems making friends.

If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then it is likely that there are some retained reflexes causing problems as they are a sign of an immature central nervous system. The child Centre Method can provide assessment and treatment to integrate retained reflexes.

Common retained reflexes

The following reflexes are the ones that are most often retained.

Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex :

Affects balance, visual tracking and often leads to reading problems.

Tonic Neck-Righting Reflex :

Prevents the child from achieving good posture and balance.

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Righting Reflex :

Can lead to poor pencil grip leading to difficulty copying off the board and poor recording skills as well as an aversion to writing. It is the reflex most often involved in poor academic performance.

Moro Reflex :

Causes children to be hypersensitive to sound, light and touch and therefore causes concentration and attention problems. It also contributes to emotional problems and is involved poor and irrational behaviour.Hyperactivity;

  • Extreme sensitivity to sudden movement, noise or light.
  • Difficulty getting to or staying asleep.
  • Impulsive or distractive behaviour.
  • Inappropriate response to a situation.
  • Food sensitivities.
  • Emotional and social immaturity.
  • Unable to relax.

More detailed information about the reflexes…

Feedback from Child Centre Method client

Jane’s work has helped us enormously, when we were on waiting lists, or when there were no medical expalinations for things happening, her work offered us help and change. It was great to be able to do something so supportive of my child’s needs in such a calm way. My children presented with anxiousness, significant clingy behaviour and bladder problems. All symptoms have been remedied or reduced significantly to be manageable”. Mum of 3 young children.

Issues that I have helped children and families to resolve using CCM

My child is afraid of separation, the dark, being alone.

My child sleeps in my bed.

My child won’t try new foods.

My child is afraid of change.

My child doesn’t like moving.

My child can’t stop moving.

My child worries about everything.

My child has poor confidence.

I want my child to be happy.

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