What is Neuro Developmental Integration Therapy?
Neuro Developmental Integrative Therapy (NDIT) is a blend of neuroscientifically-based
approaches to helping children heal from developmental trauma (adverse experiences in-
utero and early childhood). Developmental trauma derails healthy brain development and
frequently leads to dysregulation, immaturity and disorganization in the most primitive
level of the brain – the brainstem. NDIT helps regulate, mature and organize the brainstem
through specific neurodevelopmental movements and attachment-oriented activities that
are done in session and at home.
NDIT also provides collateral emotional support and relevant therapeutic interventions to
assist parents struggling with caring for challenging children, psychoeducation and
coaching on how to become therapeutic parents in their routine activities as well as during
times of crisis, and assists parents in becoming knowledgeable and empowered advocates
for their child at school.
What are Neurodevelopmental Movements?
Neurodevelopmental movements are automatic movements that all human babies do in the
womb and infancy when they are healthy, nurtured and have the ability to move. They are
triggered by primitive reflexes that originate in the brainstem. Neurodevelopmental
movements are critically important for laying down the neuro-sensory-motor foundations
required for all higher levels of functioning, including attachment, emotional regulation,
social skill development and academic success.
In NDIT, we replicate the neurodevelopmental movements needed to set your child’s brain
up for optimal functioning. Depending on what is needed and your child’s preferences, this
may include specific rhythmic movements, primitive reflex integration activities and
What are Some Disorders that Neurodevelopmental Movements can Help?
Sleep and eating disorders, sensory integration disorders, autism spectrum disorders,
developmental delays, attachment disorders, vision and hearing disorders, speech and
communication disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, attention and impulse control
disorders, oppositional defiant/conduct disorders, learning disorders, and addiction
disorders all typically have their roots in an immature or disorganized brainstem. Many
symptoms not only improve but “disorders” often disappear.
How Long will my Child need to do NDIT?
There are so many variables that this is impossible to answer. You may start to see some
improvements very quickly. But to permanently rewire the brain takes a lot of repetition,
and this can take several months or more.
Teri Gelgood, LMFT: If you would like to learn more, contact Teri at creatingjoynow.com.