People in Europe have been paying close attention to Brain Stimulation Method de Jong (BSM) for quite a few years. Now the therapy is being offered here in Montreal, at Donald Berman Yaldei. Hanna Baer, the first qualified BSM therapist in North America treats children with any of the following issues:
- Learning difficulties
- ADD / ADHD
- Motor challenges
- Speech impairments
- Developmental delays
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The first question most parents ask Mrs. Baer is how BSM will improve their child’s fine motor skills, concentration, behavior and so forth. Her answer is as follows: BSM does not teach or treat specific skills nor does it try to directly modify challenging behavior. Behavioral, learning and developmental challenges and visual and auditory issues are viewed as symptoms of a dysfunctional nervous system. The goal of BSM is to address the cause at its source; to enhance the performance of the nervous system thereby enabling it to function better and ultimately resulting in improved skills and behavior.
Mrs. Baer begins by conducting a comprehensive assessment which includes the mother’s pregnancy, birth process, the family’s medical history, their child’s development, biochemical factors, food intake and more. If the child is able to accompany the parents, a number of tests will be administered to observe the child’s responses to sensory stimulation, movement, eyesight and other physical aspects. If appropriate, simple reading, math and/or writing exercises will be administered. If the child was not able to be present during the interview, a second meeting is scheduled.
Once the assessment is completed Mrs. Baer then recommends a treatment plan which consists of individualized physical exercises that take into account the nature of the developmental delay or impairment. When appropriate, additional remedial instruction may be given with respect to math, reading and writing. Nutritional considerations may also be part of the treatment plan.
After two weeks of following the treatment plan, Mrs. Baer will meet with both the parent and child to discuss concerns, changes and reactions to the exercises. Parents’ input and observations are a necessary and vital component throughout the intervention and Mrs. Baer makes it very clear that improvement and success is contingent upon parent participation. As the time required for an average treatment program is approximately 12 months, this certainly requires effort on the part of the child and the parents. If however, parents’ testimonials are anything to go by, the results are worth every minute of their time.
Contact: Hanna Baer at (514) 279-3666 ext. 243