The LiFT™ Programme
We at the Child Development Centre are delighted to be the only centre in Ireland qualified to offer this highly effective LiFT programme.
The LiFT programme can take place in-clinic as part of our LiFT Camps or in the comfort of your own home as a home programme.
We have been providing the LiFT programme to many families over the past sixteen years and we continue to be delighted and amazed by the great progress that we see with each and every child.
Now you will be able to see the changes too, whether you decide to do an in-clinic LiFT or home LiFT programme, the results are exactly the same.
You will be able to see improvements in all developmental areas including:
- attention, listening and concentration skills,
- receptive and expressive language skills,
- speech clarity,
- academic ability,
- gross and fine motor skills,
- reading ability,
- social skills,
- desire to interact and engage with others.
The LiFT programme is an intensive 30-day sound therapy programme. It takes place in two phases or stages a) the Receptive Phase – three weeks and b) the Expressive Phase – three weeks and is generally separated by a three/four week break to allow for integration of developing skills.
The LiFT programme is suitable for children experiencing the following challenges:
- Auditory processing difficulties,
- Attention/concentration difficulties,
- Learning disabilities,
- Speech and language difficulties,
- Poor gross and fine motor skills regulation,
- Poor organisational skills,
- Reading and writing difficulties,
- Interaction and engagement difficulties,
- Social difficulties.
The LiFT programme is quite distinctive from other sound therapy programmes in terms of its intensity and the results it achieves. It is one of the most highly regarded in-clinic/home sound therapy programmes in the world today.
By: Dr. Norman Doidge MD, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and New York Times bestselling author.
How is it possible to help brain conditions with sound?
The answer requires several steps.
It is now completely beyond dispute, based on laboratory and clinical evidence, that the human brain is neuroplastic, meaning that its circuits are dynamic, and changing in response to activity and mental experience. This discovery overturns years of belief that the brain’s circuitry is fixed or “hardwired” by the end of infancy and early childhood.
It was long ago established that brain neurons communicate in several ways. Chemical signaling by neurotransmitters is one of the brain’s many “languages,” and often works very locally, at microscopic levels. Another “language” is that of electrical signaling. Our neurons produce patterns of electrical energy to communicate more globally, across vast expanses of the brain. These electrical patterns constitute the brain’s lingua franca, or common language
Our sense receptors (such as the retina in the eye, the cochlea in the ear, or heat receptors in the skin) are “transducers”—an engineering term meaning that they convert one form of energy, and the patterns of information in that energy, into another form of energy patterns. For this reason, it is possible to deliver certain frequencies of sound energy to the cochlea (the ear’s sound receptor) and the vestibular apparatus (the balance system), which convert it to electrical patterns of energy in the brain. Change the frequencies of sound played into the ear and, over time, we can change the structure and function of the brain’s circuits. For instance, whenever we hear loud music, with a heavy bass beat, our neurons start firing at the same tempo as the music. This process, called “entrainment,” is only one of the ways music can modify the brain’s structure. This has all been demonstrated using various hi-tech methods of scanning the brain, such as those developed by researcher Nina Krauss, at Northwestern University.
So, in summary, sound energy can be passed non-invasively into the ear, where it is converted to electrical patterns, that can change the structure of the plastic brain—provided one understands all the fine details of how to do this.