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PROMOTION Stop THE NOISE Does your child work hard at school without success? Psychologist Sarah Warley of The Key Clinic explains why this might be and how you can unlock their potential Alex always tried his hardest to sit still in class and listen, but could not help getting distracted. He would try to focus his eyes when reading, but the words would jump, or he’d miss a line. Alex’s parents could feel his frustration and sadness. The worst part was that he was beginning to think he must be stupid. “Alex is smart, he tries so hard and he is at a great school, so I just don’t get it,” — his mother, Charlotte First, Alex had a hearing test. Previous tests had only looked for hearing loss. This more detailed test showed Alex had hypersensitive hearing, making it virtually impossible for him to block out background noises. Nor could he hear every word clearly, and some words were being heard back Sarah, clinical director at The Key Clinic explained: “A CHILD MAY BE PERFECTLY SMART BUT UNABLE TO ACCESS THAT INTELLIGENCE, AS SOMETHING IS LITERALLY BLOCKING THE WAY. IT’S OUR JOB TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE BLOCKAGES ARE AND REMOVE THEM.” to front. No wonder he was distracted! Alex carried out a 10-day course of Bérard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) at The Key Clinic, listening to modulated music through headphones. A final hearing test showed his hearing had normalised and the hypersensitivity was gone. Further physical tests revealed Alex also still had some ‘primitive’ reflexes locked in place. These normally inhibit by a child’s first birthday, but sometimes they persist, making many tasks extremely difficult. This is why Alex’s eyes struggled to read without skipping over words, why he would fidget, why catching a ball or getting dressed was a challenge and why his handwriting was so messy. Daily neurodevelopmental movements were carried out with Alex over a few months to get rid of the blockages that were tripping him up, giving his nervous system a second chance to develop. His mother was thrilled with the results: “On returning to school, Alex gained an average 20 per cent increase in his exam results across the board – we could not believe it!” Perhaps most importantly, Alex now has self-belief. Alex — “I never really knew how it felt to be able to concentrate before now.” For an assessment, call 01635 761565, email or visit and fill in the screening questionnaire 8 ★ W I N T ER 17

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