Based on Scientific Principles
Bradford University completed a 3 year study of The Scotson Technique in Autumn 2005.
The evidence from Ms Scotson's PhD research argues that:
- Respiratory development is fundamental to the development of structure,
function and general and cerebral metabolism in normal children.
- Breakdown or failure of the normal development of the respiratory
system occurs after brain injury and in cases of neurological abnormality,
or as a result of cerebral stress before birth.
- Apart from the most basic reflexive breathing, breathing is a learnt
and widely varied behaviour.
- Short sequences of organized rhymical patterned activities from before
birth but more especially during early development create an important
positive loop between the oxygen needs of the activity and the respiratory
- The internal pressures from the rhythmical movements of inhalation
and exhalation gradually create and then maintain trunkal shape.
- Breathing pressures are essential for the health of the microcirculation
which provides the vital nourishment to the cells.
- Children with neurological abnormalities do not learn to breathe
normally and this affects the complex metabolic feedback systems between
the body tissues, the respiratory system and the brain.
- The activities of the neurological abnormal child are more stressful
and so more oxygen demanding. This means their oxygen requirements are
higher but their oxygen provision is lower!!
- Dream sleep is vital to early neurological development. However, a weak, less responsive respiratory system is unable to adapt to the varied demands of dream sleep. Because of this, brain injured children often wake up when they begin to dream and therefore miss much of the developmental benefit sleep brings normal children.