‘Your head isn’t on straight’

Nine-year-old Ethan missed school all the time due to throat infections and swollen tonsils. Unsurprisingly, this began to affect his confidence, learning and behaviour. Medical tests could find nothing wrong, so what was going on?

In very simple terms – his head wasn’t on straight!

Sunflower reports that 99% of the children it sees suffer with structural problems – even though parents had contacted the charity desperate for support with emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties.

Sunflower delivers an innovative 10-stage programme, unique to each child, that seeks to get their body and brain balanced and working as well as they can. Once a child is better integrated, a child’s life starts to improve dramatically. From hundreds of testimonials, parents say their child becomes a happier, healthier child, who is more confident and cooperative at home and school.

One parent said: “I don’t believe in miracles – they just don’t happen, do they? I have witnessed something which, put in context, is as near to a miracle as I’ll ever get – and I am a Mechanical Engineer!”

Ethan’s uplifting story is very typical for Sunflower and demonstrates how important it is to get the body basics right in order for children to get the best out of life and be the best that they can be:

Ethan’s story

After completing the Sunflower Programme, Ethan, nine, went from missing school regularly to 100% attendance. His mother also reported a new “inner confidence and self-belief that no-one can take away”.

Ethan was constantly getting throat infections and swollen tonsils, causing him to miss a lot of school. The hospital had carried out blood tests and given him the all clear but he was still getting frequent coughs and colds and his mother began to think it was all stress related. She felt he could really benefit from the Sunflower Programme after Ethan’s brother, who has dyslexia, completed it a year earlier with very positive results.

It had not been an easy year at school for Ethan and was even afraid of his teacher at times as she would shout at the class. Although he was fine with his own friends, Ethan was very shy with adults and found eye contact very difficult; if an adult spoke directly to him he would giggle with nerves and stoop. His mother was really keen for him to find his voice and gain more self-confidence.

Ethan’s Sunflower practitioner started to make corrections to his structure and Ethan was able to see these physical improvements taking place immediately. He found the muscle testing really interesting and this helped him to understand the process. Because Ethan struggled to verbalise his experience, the muscle testing gave his body the opportunity to do the talking.

The nutrition stage of the programme quickly helped to increase Ethan’s immunity to coughs and colds. Ethan’s teacher also commented that his confidence had gradually increased throughout the academic year.

Ethan’s family were thrilled with his post programme results: a 67% uplift in his musculoskeletal score, 27% uplift in his neurological score and a 40% uplift in his biochemical score.

His mother says: “Now both our children have completed the Sunflower Programme I feel confident that I have given them the best start in life in respect of their health and wellbeing as they now have an inner confidence and self-belief. They also have the skills and knowledge to tackle any challenges presented to them and they should be able to hold onto this confidence forever.”

Sunflower’s 10 steps

So, how does it work? The programme is different for every child and starts with a thorough assessment before and after the programme. However, it can be broadly simplified into 10 stages:

  1. The skeleton Assessment of a child’s musculoskeletal alignment and that muscles are turning on and off as they should as the body moves into different positions.


  1. The senses Assessment of eyes, ears, balance, coordination and posture to ensure all these areas are strong, individually and in all combinations with eyes open and closed.


  1. The brain Checking the coordination of the right and left sides of the brain and how the brain processes the senses. Looking at the way the memory and recall is working.


  1. Central nervous system The central nervous system is the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Sunflower assesses how these are all working and the messaging from body to brain and vice versa.


  1. Chemical balance Assessing if the body’s tissues have everything they need to function well, grow and develop. If necessary, practitioners will prescribe vital nutrients to correct any imbalances to get the body where it should be.


  1. Overall health Once the body and brain are working as they should, assessments are made for inflammation, bacteria, viruses, fungus and toxins in the body.


  1. Learning skills Understanding the challenges relating to reading, writing, maths, memory and recall. Work is done to improve confidence and clear away negative associations that may be blocking the child’s learning.


  1. Empowerment Eliminating negative patterns of behaviour. The child is helped to construct more positive responses and shown how to feel more in control in challenging circumstances.


  1. Coping strategies Further skills and techniques are put in place to help a child better cope and manage the situations, events or issues that they find difficult.


  1. Life skills Skills and techniques are taught to help a child be able to deal with whatever life throws at them by using their personal set of coping mechanisms that they have helped create for positivity in attitude and their approach for everyday living.

Some parents have described this as like having a health MOT for your child.

If you feel your child needs extra support and you are interested in finding out more about Sunflower, call: 01483 531498 or email: enquiries@sunflowertrust.com







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