Sunflower Programme gets results
Sunflower can evidence an average 83% uplift in a child’s health and wellbeing resulting in a healthier, happier and more confident child.
Sunflower’s hypothesis is that balanced, integrated, healthy children feel better, perform better, have improved self-esteem and self-confidence and get on better with others.
On a sample of 100 children (August 2016) completing the programme an average uplift of 83% in the overall health and wellbeing of the children (including those with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and ADHD) was achieved.
More fascinating, was that only ONE child out of the 100 was considered within normal range in their musculoskeletal despite every parent finding Sunflower because they were concerned with their child’s behaviour, academic ability or social skills – not because they noticed their child was needing help with their physical structure or ability!
The charity was set up because of the results of a pilot research study carried out by Mark Mathews which was independently assessed by Educational Psychologist, Elizabeth Thomas.
The published paper evidenced that children completing the Sunflower Programme experienced a significant improvement in their IQ of 12-15 points in only six months, the equivalent of moving them from the bottom to the middle of their class; their health improved by 60% and their behaviour, self-esteem, self-confidence and performance at school by 65%, as judged by their teachers.
A follow-up study of parents of children who had completed the programme revealed that 95% of them witnessed beneficial results, thought it money well spent and would recommend it to others. Over one-third of these children received prizes at school for having improved their performance most in their class. It was also found that because their self-confidence and self-esteem had improved that they got on better in their families and with their peers.
These results help to overcome the skepticism of many people, including educationalists, who, for some reason, seem to think that educational abilities are the sole province of teaching methods and mysteriously have no relationship to the neurological, physical, nutritional and psychological aspects of the children involved.
The Sunflower Programme is an integrated approach to health, matched to each individual child. It has been developed over the last 20 years by combining the knowledge and skills of several eminent therapists, trained in many aspects of natural medicine. The programme has been made possible by effectively solving many problems using common sense, creativity, experience and incremental exploration by employing known criteria in measurable ways.It is a patient centred management system that efficiently enables Sunflower Practitioners to get to the core of people’s problems and deal with them safely and effectively.
In today’s climate, all professions need to produce hard evidence to withstand public, political and scientific scrutiny and to validate what they do. This is particularly true in relation to issues of health. All professions are being asked to subject their disciplines to a process of validation.
If Sunflower is to achieve wider recognition for the value that we believe the Programme is able to add to the health and success of thousands of underachieving children, it has to continue to collect data and carry out research to quantify and substantiate its claims.
However, people tend to specialise in restricted areas of the whole biological, biochemical, social, political and economic environment with which we interact. Any intervention that attempts to impact the whole Triangle of Health, is bound to have difficulties in the reductionist field of scientific research.
Unlike the convention that seeks to divide problems into various specialised areas, we do not regard people’s problems as if they exist on their own. From Sunflower’s perspective, in living systems, everything relates to everything and anything can cause anything.
We are therefore interested in exploring the relationship between many factors which contribute to people’s health and wellbeing, to use safe, simple ways of assessing and treating them to enable all of the systems to work together. Health is the harmonious functioning of all aspects of the human being.
We have gathered much information over the years with regard to parents' perceptions of the changes they have noticed in their child’s health, well-being, social skills, confidence, behaviour and academic attitude and performance. However, formulating these outcomes into sound, measurable figures with a scientific base is another challenge entirely.
The Sunflower Programme is based on a study of what it is to be balanced, integrated and healthy on many levels. There is ample evidence to support the musculoskeletal, neurological, biochemical and educational aspects of the programme.
The fact that everything that we do is gentle; non-invasive and caring and has been well tried and tested on hundreds of children over the past 20 years, should be another reassuring feature.
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