Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know whether to start with the Complete Sensory-Motor Reflex Program or with only the Reflex Evaluation?
Issues that disrupt life, have a diagnosis or are causing issues in many arenas of life are most efficiently and least expensively approached with the Complete Sensory-Motor-Reflex Program. If issues are very localized or are as the result of specific trauma, the reflex evaluation may be the best way to start.
Why are Sensory-Motor activities done daily and reflex activities done only 2-3 times a week?
Sensory-motor issues are systemic and neurodevelopmental. The best way to approach them is by challenging them gently every day. Reflex integration is about wiring the cortex and the brain stem together through the motor system. As with weight lifting or other muscle work, the muscles need time to recover and adjust the entire motor system. It often takes up to 2 weeks to experience all the benefit from each visit.
What if I can’t fit all the activities into our day?
Let us know as early after a visit as possible if this is a problem. We can often group the activities and even prioritize the groups. One the most common ways that a program fails is by not doing it. Let us know up front if you can do 10, 20 or 30 minutes a day. If the activities are stressful, they are NOT helpful.
Do we have to do all the activities together?
No. Speak with the practitioner about when it would be easiest to get the activities done. Often there is a short set in the morning, a few in the afternoon, some before bedtime. This makes each session only 5 to 10 minutes.
Do I have to do the Sensory-Motor Activities every day of the week?
Some people can do 7 days a week with no stress, but for most people doing the activities 5 days a week and the reflex activities 2-3 times a week is very adequate. The program is usually still effective if the program is done 4 days a week. At less than 4 times a week the benefit starts to rapidly fall. This is why this program is much more effective than many therapy programs done in an office 1 to 3 times a week.
My teen doesn’t want to do activities with me; what can I do?
Let the practitioner know if you are having this problem and the program can be adjusted as a solo program done alone. We can usually get the teen to allow a first run through and final run through every month with adult oversight to keep the parent in the loop. The practitioner respects the goals of the student and this respect often translates into a working relationship.
I have always had trouble working with my student. Must I do the program with him or her?
With children younger than 12, it is best for the client to have some sort of help and oversight. If you cannot do the program with the student, we often suggest an older sibling, relative, rough housing partner, or even paid neighbor or acquaintance to work with the student. Since the programs are game-like activities done 5 days a week for 15 to 30 minutes, usually one or more helpers can play with the student. Often as the program proceeds, the student can become easier to work with and the parent can take over some or all of the sessions.
I have other family members who have issues. Is there a family discount?
Yes, there is a 5% family member discount.
We went on vacation and missed 2 weeks of activities. What does that mean to our program?
The good news is that usually breaks in programs do not lead to losing ground in the areas gained. However, the program is slowed in progress by any breaks and therefore may not be finished in the usual 6 ½ month program period.
We have gotten out of the habit of doing the program. What should I do?
Please make an appointment. It is common for unintentional breaks in programs to occur. We see no blame in this. If within 6 months of the last visit, we are happy to help you restart the program and help to find out how to make it more consistent.
What kind of differences might we see while doing the Complete Sensory Motor Reflex Program?
What is experienced and when varies greatly from client to client. However, some clients start to see differences as quickly as 2 weeks into the program. Some clients need 3 to 6 months to see substantial changes. Some of the most common changes seen include, better sleep, more energy to sustain activities that were difficult before, and smoother transitions, in movement and behavior. Of course, we are working toward the goals of the client and family at all times.
Do we need to buy a lot of expensive equipment to do the program?
We believe that life should be therapy. Therefore, we do not use expensive equipment. Almost all materials for the activities are provided at the cost of the program.
What about nutritional education and support?
Plan for Learning feels that nutritional understanding and support are often key to improving the sensory-motor-reflex system. Without judgment, we help families to start where they are and slowly improve diet and nutrition in ways that will not stress the family.
Does my student’s school have a role in the program?
The amount of interaction with school depends on the family’s wishes. We are happy to consult with schools to aid in integrating our findings and even activities into the school program. Make sure to fill out a release of information sheet to allow easy interaction when you want it.
Does the Complete Sensory-Motor-Reflex Program ever not work?
In over a decade, we have never seen the program not improve functioning of the client if the program was followed. Almost always we make the stated goals of the client and family. There are, however, some situations when the program is strongly undermined. First, if the program is not done, it cannot work. Second, if the program is done in a way or time that is extremely stressful; it can fail. High stress hinders development of sensory-motor systems. Third, although rare, it has happened that some barrier in the environment does not allow the proper development. Discovery of the barrier(s) can in itself be a positive change for the client.
How do I know that improvements we see on the program are not just natural maturing?
If the issues being addressed have been present for a long period of time, development of 6 months of life alone rarely would address them. The program works in a gentle, developmental way and should look like natural development. We are not changing who the client is, but helping the client to be all that he or she can be.
Who can come to the evaluation?
We like people who will be working with the client to be present for the evaluation and program training. If this is impossible, using the DVD, others can review the proceedings. We like family members to come, but if any member will be too disruptive, we ask for the flexibility of having a member of the party to take the member out of the evaluation room.
Must the evaluation be done at your office?
For local clients in the Twin Cities area, we prefer that the evaluations be done in the office. However, for distant clients we often arrange visits to the area. The clients need to pay the travel expense unless there are more than 3 clients in the area or there is training in the area at the same time. Plan for Learning makes regular visits to the Chicago and Atlanta area. We are interested in sponsors to help bring us into other areas.