FAQ / Brain Integration
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Q: What makes BIT different from what is currently available?
Most treatments involve medication, on-going re-patterning exercises, removing emotional stress, or changing the format of how material is presented to the student. BIT actually changes the function of the brain. BIT works with the electromagnetic flow of information in the brain and re-wires this flow internally. This specifically addresses approximately 80 different components involved in learning. Brain Integration changes a person’s brain function from the inside out. This involves making sure that information comes in through the eyes and ears and is directed to the correct location within the brain with the correct timing. When this is established, function is restored and the individual can learn efficiently or process information in a new way. Part of this treatment may involve ensuring that the right and left sides of the brain are able to process information simultaneously across the corpus callosum (CC). The CC is white matter that connects the right and left sides of the brain. Many academic functions require both hemispheres to be active at the same time. A typical person with learning difficulties will have very limited communication through their corpus callosum. An individual may therefore have to rely mostly on one hemisphere for all their processing of information. This pattern of processing can create delays, failure to create or retrieve memories, frustration, and loss of self-esteem. In addition to every aspect of the physiological functions involved in learning, BIT also addresses the emotional subconscious to remove any relevant blocks to learning as well.
Q: How long does the treatment take?
The basic correction program of BIT takes approximately eight to twelve hours for a neuro-typical child. This means without a diagnosis of ASD, SPD, CP, PDD, or a developmental genetic disorder. Patients I see with ASD, SPD, CP, or genetic disorders may need more than 12 hours of BIT. The length of each person’s integration varies because of individual needs. Some people with only one or two areas of deficit may take six hours to complete the whole program, whereas others with many areas of deficit need more time.
Q: What happens during the treatment?
The first session includes an initial assessment and an extensive medical history. The assessment will serve as a benchmark to evaluate future change. During this session, I assess the electro-magnetic activity in the brain using muscle monitoring and specific series of acupressure points. BIT assessment reveals the specific brain areas that need the most attention. At the end of this assessment I will tell you how much time is needed to complete BIT. This first session takes one hour. Subsequent sessions involve correcting the specific brain areas that were found in the assessment. The correction technique involves very light touch on specific acupressure points to re-establish electro-magnetic integrity within the brain. Brain function is improved specifically in learning ability, creativity, and physical coordination. This is done by pinpointing stress in the brain that is affecting learning, and relieving these individual stress patterns. The patient will also come back for a 12 week post-integration follow-up unless they are coming from a state I am not practicing in. The follow up session usually lasts an hour. If needed, some parents bring their child back to see me at the beginning of a new transition for a tune up. This helps reduce the stress of a new situation.
Q: Is BIT permanent?
The only situation that would require a person to be fully re-integrated would be if he/she sustained an injury to the head, seizure, or major emotional trauma. Once a neuro-typical (this means they do not have ASD, PDD, SPD, CP, seizures, or a genetic disorder) person has been integrated, they will not need to be integrated again. Sometimes a patient will feel like their brain function has gone away under a stressful situation. In this type of case, there has usually been an emotional trauma that caused enough stress to block thier brain function. Usually the stress will diminish and the patient will feel fine. If they continue to have problems with their brain function I ask them to come in to see me for an hour tune up. We will isolate the stress and relax the brain so their integration will return faster than if I hadn’t seen them.
Q: How close do the appointments need to be scheduled?
Your sessions can be divided over several weeks, or, for out-of-town patients, finished over the course of two or three days. I recommend if a child is under 10 years old to schedule an hour on and an hour off throughout the day if you are coming in from out of town. If your child is under 6, we schedule ½ hour appointments thoughout the day.
Q: What if I (or my child) is on medication?
Medication does not compromise the treatment. I will ask you to follow up with your prescribing doctor to change any medication dosing. Often the child will need less medication after BIT. Please consult your medical doctor or psychiatrist with any questions. I am always happy to work with your other doctors.
Q: What kind of results should I expect with BIT?
I consistently help children and adults with learning difficulties. Most of my patients able to read with high comprehension, learn and retain spelling words, understand mathematical concepts, become physically coordinated and modulate their emotional responses. However, while I give my patients the ability to learn, the amount of improvement is still dependent on participation in school. If there is organic brain damage, there is still improvement but it will be limited depending on the location of the damage. Even those that were suspected to have damage (Autistic tendencies or other special needs) often improve significantly enough that the suspected damage is no longer evident, or they gain new functions, such as speech, receptive language processing, expressive language processing, motor functions, etc. I can enable the brain to learn within any limitations posed by organic brain damage. However, we do not make the brain learn. To learn new information, required studying and perseverance on the part of the patient is required.
Q: How quickly will I see results?
Every individual is different. Some people feel different during the treatment, and some do not feel anything until after the integration is completed. The timeframe can range from a few days to a few months. Therefore, external variables like family and school dynamics can affect when and how the integration takes hold. Many patients that have struggled for years with learning difficulties feel like information begins to come naturally. This is because they have full function of their brain again. Sometimes, it is the people around the integrated person who notice the changes first.
Q: What kind of research do you have behind BIT?
Susan McCrossin and Chrales Krebs have written several articles and research papers about their work. I have posted some of these papers in the Research section of this website. I also have extensive clinical experience seeing profound results with over 1,500 of my own cases in the past 9 years of practice.
Q: If BIT is so powerful, why haven’t I heard of it?
BIT was created almost 30 years ago in Australia. It wasn’t until 1998 that Brain Integration Technique was brought to the United States. Up until 2005, Susan McCrossin was the only practitioner in America using LEAP/BIT. Since 2005 the field is growing but there are only 100 certified practitioners in this country. The founders have not made any major marketing attempts but the therapy has grown through grassroots efforts. Most families find us by word of mouth because we get great results. The Internet is also helping more people find answers. I believe this therapy will gain more attention in the future because it has answers to so many complex medical problems.
Q: Why should I see Dr. Pratt?
I am doctor dedicated to empowering people to their highest potential. I’ve had extensive training in neurology in medical school and then went on to specialize in children’s neurological disorders. I was one of the first BIT practitioners trained in the United States and the only certified teacher and co-developer for the pre-requisite BIT course work. I have seen over 1,500 people over the last 9 years using my own approach to nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy and Crossinology’s BIT. I attend conferences all over the country to learn the most current information regarding the conditions I treat in my practice. I enjoy working on a team with other therapist and have a wonderful group of referral partners I work with on a regular basis. I am a national speaker for Crossinology’s BIT and Naturopathic Medicine. I am also a mother and I understand children very well. I have a gentle nature and a patient way of working with them so that they feel safe and seen for who they are. Nothing makes me happier than to help someone succeed.
Q: How do I schedule BIT treatments with Dr. Pratt?
Please call my office at 303-652-0978 to schedule a series of treatments. These sessions can be divided over several weeks, or, for out-of-town patients, finished over the course of two or three days. I also integrate homeopathy, nutrition, botanical medicine and other natural modalities if needed into your treatment. Please bring any lab work or neurological testing you have completed to your first visit. My office is conveniently located in Niwot, Colorado. At this time my Fairfield, CT practice is full and I am not accepting new patients unless you are seen in Colorado or referred by an ABM practitioner.
Q: Where can I get more information about BIT?
Websites to learn more about LEAP and BIT:
Books: Breaking the Learning Barrier, Susan McCrossin A.P. copies available through my office and online store. http://www.amazon.com/Revolutionary-Way-Thinking-Charles-Krebs/dp/0855722827/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396134878&sr=8-1&keywords=revolutionary+way+of+thinking