Bob has been working as a neuro-developmental therapist since 1994 when he completed his training with Steven Clarke at the Centre of Developmental Difficulties. He worked as Steven’s senior therapist until 1997, when he set up his own practice alongside an Osteopath in Windsor. Sadly, due to Steven’s sudden death, the Centre for Developmental Difficulties no longer exists and this has left only a handful of therapists using his dermal stimulation technique.
In 1997 Bob trained with Dr Peter Blythe at the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (the INPP) in Chester. The INPP has been instrumental in creating a movement-based programme to inhibit primitive reflexes based on over 40 years of research.
Having seen the respective benefits and potential of the dermal stimulation technique and movement-based technique, Bob uses a combination of both as they can be used in different ways, enabling him to provide a programme best suited to each individual case.
In 1999, in order to further enhance the scope of his programme and better help children presenting with speech, language and auditory processing issues, Bob trained with Dr Kjeld Johansen in the use of his Hemisphere Specific Auditory Stimulation Programme.
Bob has worked with children and adults of all ages ranging from 10 months to 72 years. The children present with a range of behavioural , emotional, physiological and learning issues including anxiety, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, ADD , ADHD, OCD, tics, prolonged bedwetting, sensory issues and cerebral palsy.
Adults make up around 25% of Bob’s caseload. They have often learned to compensate for the effects of any retained primitive reflexes but find that as they’ve got older or life has become more stressful this has become harder to do. This can lead to issues such as nervousness and anxiety, feelings of overwhelm, indecisiveness, lack of confidence and low self-esteem – to name but a few. The excess adrenaline in their system may also have resulted in physical issues such as poor sleep, digestive and bowel issues.
Bob has trained several more therapists , one in the States, one in Athens and five based in the UK including Sarah Baker, Lucy Simmonds and Sandy Denyer who work alongside Bob in his Windsor practice. He is currently training two more.
I see clients at the clinic in Windsor on Friday mornings. I treat all ages and particularly enjoy meeting the younger visitors to the clinic! I have personal experience of neuro-developmental delay, as Bob Allen treated both of my children before my training began. This experience motivated me to change career and myself become a therapist for neuro-developmental delay. I completed my training with Bob in November 2017. In addition to treating clients in Windsor, I run my own treatment practice based in the Twickenham/Teddington area of London.
I am also studying part time for a BSc in Health Sciences. This has involved study of human biology, including study of the brain and nervous system, and the body’s stress response. It has also included elements of psychology and mental health.
In my previous career, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the field of ultrafast laser physics. I was based at Imperial College London, where I gained a PhD in 2004. My research has been published in high profile research journals such as Science (2006) and Nature Photonics (2011) magazines. In the future I would love to use this experience to begin researching the dermal stimulation technique, with the aim of raising awareness of this important intervention within the medical and educational professions.
Through my own children, I have gained a good understanding of the many different facets [and manifestations] of neuro-developmental delay including the psychological implications it can have , especially in terms of mental health. I hope to use my experience to help and support others experiencing similar difficulties and, better still, to prevent these difficulties from arising by early diagnosis and treatment.
I am very passionate about raising awareness of neuro-developmental delay, having seen at first hand that it can underlie many of the learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties that today's children and teenagers are experiencing.
Before having my children I worked as a solicitor, initially in New Zealand and then in the City for 10 years. I gave up my legal career to be a full-time mum which I have found equally challenging but much more rewarding!
I see clients at the Windsor practice on Wednesdays ( and some Tuesdays ) . I became interested in primitive reflex therapy after Bob treated my 3 teenage children who had experienced neuro-developmental delay in different ways. Having seen the profound effects of the therapy, I was inspired to train with Bob to become a neuro-developmental therapist myself in order to help others in the same way that Bob had helped my family.