Can ABR help the premature infant, multiple birth infant
or infant born with complications?
There are a high percentage of children amongst the ABR patients who began life premature, are from a multiple birth pregnancy, or were born with severe birth complications.
In the first two named situations, the child has not received the optimal conditions in the uterus for the full development of the inner organs. This can give rise to developmental difficulties and disorders - especially in the area of motor development. Often such problems are not recognized until a significantly later period.
Given a child is born with birth complications, the risk of his/her having suffered a brain injury is significantly high. Due to a drop in the body’s hydrostatic pressure, which occurs in the hours immediately following a brain injury, such a child can easily suffer from developmental delays and disorders.
In addition, it is well known that an extended visit in the intensive care unit results in the bodies loss of internal volume – even in adults. The comparable effect of neo-natal care upon infants in this respect has not been calculated carefully. Statistics show however that all premature infants and infants having undergone neo-natal care come into a very high-risk
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The rehabilitation efforts required to achieve optimal improvements are sufficiently greater after the child has reached, for example, the age of one year, than that necessary in the first weeks and months of life. At this time the plasticity of the entire bodily system is still, relatively speaking, immense.
The nature of the ABR therapy is such that it increases and magnifies the body’s plastic components. Administered at the earliest possible stage, the ABR therapy can strengthen the overall bodily functions, increase the pneumatic capacity of the lungs, support the developmental completion of the bodies inner organs, and so give maximal support to the child’s ensuing development.
Due to the exactness of the ABR diagnostic assessment method, it is possible to discern a high-risk child in the earliest weeks, and to recommend suitable applications for such a child.
Some of the symptoms that call for a closer examination and fully justify the ABR applications are:
• Hypotonic muscle tone
• Hypertonic muscle tone
• Paradoxical breathing and other abnormal breathing patterns
• Disturbed balance or uncoordinated movements
• Uncontrolled grimaces or lack of control of the mimic muscles
• Disturbed eyesight or hearing
• Difficulty in swallowing
• Excess drooling
With the infant and small child, most applications can be performed during either the sleeping or peaceful waking stages, and whilst the child is lying positioned carefully on the parents lap. This allows for relatively easy and flexible implementation.
Therefore we highly recommend the ABR treatment from the earliest possible onset for infants who fall into the stated or similar high-risk groups.