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NDS Learning through Movement©

Neuro-Developmental Stimulation (NDS Learning through Movement©) is a comprehensive program focused on inhibiting primary reflexes. The tests and exercises are based on the child's psychomotor development. Neuro-Developmental Stimulation can be implemented by professionals such as speech therapists, psychologists, educators, and special educators, after successfully completing the Introductory theoretical course and the Advanced practical course of NDS Movement Learning© at Cortex Academy®.


The program spans 30 weeks, though it's possible to continue practicing exercises as needed. These exercises should be performed every school day for roughly 5-10 minutes before learning commences. The NDS Learning through Movement© program can be implemented for entire classes, not solely for children experiencing evident learning problems.

The exercises encompass a wide range of movements, from basic head lifting to coordinated use of all body parts. They are performed in a controlled and smooth manner, with an emphasis on imitating the movement patterns of 2-9 month old infants, which serve as the foundation for more complex movements like fine motor skills. Many exercises are conducted in a supine position, helping to promote proper head and body posture, which is essential for good posture later in life. The program also aims to enhance the ability to distinguish between the left and right sides of the body, as well as the upper and lower body, which are fundamental prerequisites for effective coordination.


One of the key principles of NDS Learning through Movement© is to prioritize the development of children's balance and the improvement of sensory integration, while also combining the inhibition of primary reflexes. Other skills are only introduced later on. Another essential principle is that NDS follows the natural craniocaudal direction of development, meaning that development starts from the head and moves downward. Proper head posture is crucial for the proper development of other movement patterns.

The exercises must be performed in a specific order, and once the children have mastered them, the group can move on to other exercises. The exercises are practiced with precision, although younger children can perform them more dynamically. Each day, the group practices one exercise for balance or body mapping, one exercise for primary reflexes while lying on the stomach, one while lying on the back, and the last exercise is either a calming exercise or an exercise that strengthens sensory integration.

It is important to note that the program approx. 30 weeks and requires daily practice for about 10 minutes. Without consistent practice, the results may not be as satisfactory.

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