Patterning therapies (also known as psychomotor patterning) are based on a series of movement patterns which are designed to facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.
The supporters of patterning therapies believe that these designed movements inhibit the 'primitive' reflexes that have either not developed properly from the infantile reflexes present in everyone in the first year or two of life - or which have been re-released at a later stage through brain injury.
Specific patterning therapies include Autism Rehabilitation Therapy, Developmental Reflexive Rehabilitation, the Doman Delecato Method, and Reflexlocomotion (also known as the Vojta Method).
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