What does the Sunflower Programme involve?
Sunflower’s tests and observations fall into three main categories of what we call the Triangle of Health: structural, neurological and biochemical as well as feelings & behaviour, each category including the mental and emotional aspects of any problem.
We call it, “Let the body do the talking!” The Sunflower Programme investigates, in measured ways, hundreds of factors which contribute to the difficulties that an increasing number of children suffer from with regard to health, behaviour, learning, confidence and self-esteem. Children are invited to go through a complete protocol which seeks to integrate various functional, mental, chemical and emotional elements more fully so that the children are able to access and employ more of their own potential for health and achievement. The whole screening and treatment procedure is divided into 10 key stages, over four categories, through which each child needs to pass. Some children will not require treatment at every stage and not all stages show up in the order shown.
Sunflower has found that children respond very positively to the attention they receive from parents and practitioners throughout the programme. The focus on their individual needs and health reinforces how important they are and boosts their self-esteem. In fact, it can be an opportunity for you and your child to become even closer than you already are.
Initially, your child may find a Sunflower clinic an unfamiliar environment and the more you can prepare them for what will happen in the sessions, the more comfortable and confident they will feel. Click here for some pointers to help you to do this.
Initial consultation, pre programme assessment, scoring and report of findings.
Stage 1 - Integration of Muscles & Adaptation
Assessment and treatment of the alignment and functional integrity of the musculoskeletal system ensuring muscles turning on and off as they should as the body adapts to different positions - lying, sitting, standing and walking.
Stage 2 - Ability of the Body
Assessment and treatment of the fine reflex control systems relating to balance, coordination and gait, information input, storage and retrieval.
Stage 3 - Left/Right Brain Integration & Processing
A series of challenges is set with various activities relating to reading, writing, numeracy including memory and recall.
Stage 4 - Clearing Negative Associations
Parents and children are asked to complete a list of situations, events and issues that the child experiences difficulties in handling.
Stage 5 - Eliminating Negativity/Creating Positivity
Procedures are used to help eliminate negative patterns of behaviour. The child is helped to construct more positive responses.
Stage 6 – Empowerment
The child is shown how to habituate their own innate abilities and responses more effectively in a way that empowers them.
Stage 7 - Balancing the Neuro-Biochemical Pathways
Assessment and treatment relating to neuro-transmitters and balancing the nervous system.
Stage 8 - Biochemical Assessment of the Glands and Organs
Diet and nutrition are assessed. Screening tests are performed to investigate biochemical pathways in relation to acid/alkaline balance and performance of glands and organs.
Stage 9 – Biochemical Assessment of Inflammatory Markers, the Auto Immune System and Allergies
Further tests are performed for chemical imbalances and clearing inflammation pathways. A range of allergies and sensitivities are also tested including reactions to bacteria, viruses, chemicals and metals, etc.
FEELINGS & BEHAVIOUR
Stage 10 – Positive Reinforcement
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) skills and techniques are used to reinforce and build on the positive elements of attitude and approaches to override disempowering beliefs and behaviour that may have been blocking a child’s normal ability to enjoy learning opportunities with self-confidence. This enables them to accept more responsibility and enjoy handling challenging situations more effectively
Post-programme assessment and scoring in comparison to prior Sunflower Programme state.
ONGOING - MAINTENANCE
All children need maintenance as they grow. Periodic visits to a Sunflower Practitioner ensures your child continues to maintain their health and wellbeing throughout the different stages or changes in their lives.
It’s so nice to know that there’s something out there that is totally natural that can have such a positive effect on a child – I think every child should have a Sunflower Practitioner to go to!