Sometimes following an individual reflex inhibition/stimulation programme an individual will still have difficulties carrying out independent or opposite movements of their arms and legs. This reflects an ongoing difficulty with the effective flow and inhibition of information between the two sides of the brain which is an important requirement for academic learning.
Developed by Sheila Dobie OBE, the bilateral integration programme is a series of exercises which gradually increase ability in both independent and coordinated body movement sequences until the movements become automatic. These programmes follow normal child motor development patterns. As movement, balance and posture become automatic less attention and effort are required, releasing additional capacity for attention and effort in other areas.