In the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a mental disorder is theorized as a clinically noteworthy psychological or behavioral pattern or syndrome that occurs in a person and that is associated with disability or present distress, or with considerably increased risk of suffering pain, death, disability or a significant loss of freedom. Neurodevelopmental disorders are weakening of the development and growth of the central nervous system or brain. A finer use of the term refers to a disorder of brain function that affects learning ability, emotion, memory and self-control and that unfolds as the individual matures.
There are many work conditions which cause low morale, frustration, and/or demotivation, if people do not handle them properly. But what of the effects from these causes, the frustration itself or other individual behaviors such as bad morale or stress from which so many of them suffer? These dangers are often deliberated as ‘only being human’, but most often they cause desecrations of value standards and truly get in the way of brilliance. If stress or frustration has become a habit, is there no way to turn it around and prevent more damage to oneself and people?
Dr. Curtis Cripe oversaw and founded The Crossroads Institute. It consisted of medical experts operating across seven states and used established patented neurodevelopment techniques to help patients overcome disorders, such as addiction and anxiety, or simply to increase their cognitive functions and intelligence.
Neurodevelopment Treatment (NDT) is a treatment approach which was established to treat fundamental neuromotor deficits as well as movement and posture disorders. Techniques include reticence of uncharacteristic movement patterns and acceleration of more typical movement patterns to encourage improved efficient skill development. Neurodevelopmental treatment simplifies movement through space with aid of a therapist using handling techniques, which gently guide and lead as well as inhibit with gentle touch.
Importance of treatment is to promote function with tonal normalization and improved alignment along with postural activation and weight shifting in both movement through space as well as in postural holding activities. Neurodevelopmental intervention continually assesses the individual, analyzing the response and altering the handling to modify the response from the person. As the therapist interprets and receives information about the person, the therapist then transmits sensory motor input back through the use of movement and hands, which becomes a supple fluid interchange between the person and therapist, leading to more functional, independent movement.
Therapists trained in NDT have accomplished advanced training that facilitates them to properly treat and assess the variety of neuro-motor complications experienced by these individuals and help these individuals become as independent and functional as possible. NDT-trained psychotherapists work collaboratively with patients, their caregivers and families, doctors, and other members of the recovery team to implement and develop a comprehensive treatment program for each individual that is based on current research and scientific principles.
As a well-known author of the newly published, Psychology’s New Design Science: Theory and Research (2014), Dr. Curtis Cripe has combined his background and extensive knowledge of Neuroengineering in the field of traumatic brain injury and addiction recovery.