Research in the United States and in England by Peter Blythe and David McGlown into baby reflexes produced more stylised exercises. It was also recognised that learning difficulties such as dyslexia could be helped by using these exercises. Research into tactile defensiveness, initially by Henry Head in the 1920's and then by Margaret Rood, Jean Ayres and Shirley-Anne Stockmeyer, revealed that brushing of the skin, especially the face, caused behaviour changes. A few therapists began to incorporate brushing into their reflex inhibition programmes. Brushing was most widely used at the Centre DLD. It was noticed that spontaneous changes were taking place in a child's reflex profile when one or two specific areas of the face were brushed over a period.
A group of therapists who had all worked at the Centre DLD and who were all practicing independently, decided to form an association to promote professional and ethical standards in the use of this method, and also to provide the framework for further research and shared knowledge. It was decided to call this method, which combined brushing with exercises, the Developmental Integration Technique - the method has been refined and extended by the Association practitioners.
As a result of ongoing research to improve treatment, the members of the Association investigated auditory re-training. This method of treatment appeared to be highly beneficial for children with speech/language disorders, auditory processing difficulties, phonetics problems and spelling/language problems. Two forms of auditory stimulation are currently used by DIT practitioners; Johansen Sound Therapy and a programme based on the work of Alfred Tomatis. Practitioners are fully trained in these methods of diagnosis and treatment and Sound Therapy was added as part of the Developmental Integration treatment programme.
The final component to be added to the DIT programme of treatment is specialised Kinesiology. Kinesiology is a fast growing in reputation and popularity. There are many different kinds of Kinesiology in existence, but the one most often used by DIT practitioners is the very new and totally innovative - Learning Enhancement Programme - Brain Integration Acupressure programme which not only supports the reflex inhibition programme, but adds a totally new dimension to the treatment we offer. See our Kinesiology page for a really detailed explanation of this amazing form of kinesiology.
~ Developmental Integration Technique - the Foundations for Your Child's Success ~