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Aug 5 23

ASPARTAME  –  Story by Fiona Leishman • 14/07/23

by Guest Admin

In a major review by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the common sweetener found in products such as Diet Coke and chewing gum, aspartame, has been ruled carcinogenic to humans.

The artificial sweetener has been used in various food and drink products since the 1980s, including diet drinks, chewing gum, ice cream, yoghurts, toothpaste and medications such as cough sweets and chewable vitamins. However, research on the health impacts of aspartame released yesterday, July 13, showed there was a link between consumption of the sweetener and increased cancer risk.


The British Heart Foundation has now suggested that regular consumption of both breakfast cereals and flavoured yogurts significantly increases the risk of heart disease. A poor diet containing processed foods with high levels of both salt and sugar as well as various e-numbers, together with little or no physical activity can lead to childhood obesity which itself puts the child at risk of not only heart disease bit also early onset diabetes.

Jul 21 19

Study finds Psychiatric Diagnosis to be “Scientifically Meaningless”

by Guest Admin

A new study published in Psychiatry Research has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses (which includes some of the learning and behavioural disorders) are scientifically worthless as tools for identifying discrete mental health disorders.

The diagnostic manual DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was created in the USA to provide a common diagnostic language and set criteria for diagnosis but it has just created a system in which individuals are just pigeonholed often into ill-fitting or newly created pigeonholes without any real understanding of the underlying cause of the condition or where in the brain the individual symptoms of the “condition” are coming from.

This bold new study highlights what I have been saying for the last two decades and that is that the so-called learning and behavioural issues of childhood are not “conditions” but no more than symptoms that always appear in patterns which constitute the manifestations of a developmental delay syndrome – no more than a glitch in the normal development of the brain in response to a stressor, for example a traumatic birth.

Heterogeneity in psychiatric diagnostic classification. K Allsopp, J Read, R Corcoran & P Kinderman. Psychiatric Research. doi: 10. 1016/j.psychres. 20.07.005

Nov 14 17

Sensory Processing Disorder

by Robin Pauc

This recently in vogue diagnosis has come to be my current steckenpferd (hobbyhorse) and like people talking about retained reflexes, causes me to momentarily lose the will to live.

Historically, doctors discovered the underlying cause of disorders and often named the condition after their good self. Fortunately, this does not happen so much these days but people are still coming up with all sorts of weird and wonderful new conditions for children with developmental issues that don’t fit into the current pigeonholes. It is of interest to note that the number of children said to be suffering from any of these so-called conditions depends entirely on the diagnostic criteria. Therefore, in France where they don’t use the diagnostic criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association, there are for instance far fewer children with so-called AD/HD. We must therefore stop labelling children with so-called conditions and look at the bigger picture of all of the symptoms they have in comorbidity (together). Once we identify all the symptoms and know where in the brain they originate from, then and only then, can we provide effective treatment.

Nov 14 17

Opticians and Optometrists

by Robin Pauc

I have a great deal of respect for both opticians and optometrists but I do have some concerns when I hear of practitioners treating children with dyslexia.

It is my opinion, and there is a great deal of research to back this up, that dyslexia is not a condition in its own right but a symptom and a symptom that always appears with other symptoms of developmental delay, most commonly dyspraxia and attention deficit. Treating just one of the symptoms of a Developmental Delay syndrome is not only most likely to be ineffectual but is also putting a child through unnecessary procedures and treatments. All of the behavioural and learning issues of childhood are brain based and unless the child has a condition of the eyes, should be treated by a practitioner with a background in neurology.

Nov 14 17

Retained Primitive Reflexes

by Robin Pauc

At least once a week I receive a phone call or email from a parent asking if I treat Retained Primitive Reflexes.
I then have to spend the next 15 minutes explaining (calmly) that we all have retained primitive reflexes and that they are meant to be there, are not a condition as such, and can surface in anyone under the right (wrong) circumstances. If the brain, brainstem and spinal cord grow, develop and mature as they should, the primitive reflexes are suppressed and other responses are put in place. If development is delayed, due to a stressor causing the control of growth (the epigenome) to glitch, then some of the primitive reflexes may be found on examining a child. Therefore, common sense would suggest that treating the developmental delay is a better course of action rather than treating a single symptom of it.

Jan 28 16

Parent days at Tinsley House Clinic

by Guest Admin

Would you like to know more about why children struggle, where symptoms come from and how their treatment works? If so, email me and book a day at Tinsley House.

Jan 22 16

Seeing the light

by Guest Admin

Historically we went to bed as it got dark and arose with the sunrise. This would make sense as burning candles or oil lamps would involve some expense but what is perhaps not generally recognised is that we only slept for around four hours and then got up. Scholars may have used this period of wakefulness to produce some of their finest work, while others might visit their neighbours, pray or do a bit of poaching. After an hour or so we would return to our beds and sleep for a few more hours. When the electric light became commonplace in the home and the workplace, our days were no longer governed by available daylight and our sleep patterns change to the straight eight hours of uninterrupted sleep (for most). As if this loss of the natural physiological sleep was not bad enough, we now have the additional problem of hidden light. Pretty well all the phones, tablets and computer screens we are glued to produce light that we are not fully aware of, but our brains are altered by it. As darkness falls we should start to feel tired, liberate melatonin in our brains, start yawning and be ready for bed. Hidden light from screens fools the brain into thinking the sun is still up and the onset of sleep is inhibited. So, ban screens in bedrooms and if you wake in the night don’t worry, it’s what you are meant to do.

Nov 20 14

Training for teachers and healthcare professionals

by Robin Pauc


Next training date – March 2020

The Tinsley House Clinic will be providing training for teachers and healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the learning and behavioural issues of childhood. Lectures will be provided to explain the cause of developmental delay, the underlying neurology and effective treatment. The opportunity to observe in clinic will be provided.

For more information please contact Robin Pauc directly – 00 44 (0)1590 612432

Places are limited

Sep 5 14

Gudh Elf and Badh Elf – A Picture of Elf

by Robin Pauc
A Picture of Elf

In a land where this world ends and at least a footstep within the realm of fantasy lived a little boy called Badh Elf.

Bestselling author Robin Pauc (Is That My Child?) takes you to Elfland, where through the medium of fantasy, he looks at the learning and behavioral disorders of childhood. Each story (with a sprinkling of childish humour, brilliant illustrations and some fairy magic) looks at an individual issue and helps both children and parents understand the cause and treatment.

Dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit, tic disorders, obsessions and silliness syndrome all receive the attention of the Good Doctor, of Tiddleton-on-Sea, Elfland. Bullying, obesity and the importance of friendship are also addressed as the lives of Elves, Goblins, Fairies, Boggarts, Bogles and even Trolls unfold in this magical land.


Mar 7 14

Should Dyslexia be treated before children learn to read?

by Tinsley House Clinic

Researchers at the University of Padua, Italy are suggesting that dyslexia should be treated before children learn to read.

Well, I guess you are ahead of me by now and have already asked yourself how can you possibly know that a child is dyslexic if they have not learnt to read yet? The answer is that they did a long-term study and monitored a group of children for three years from kindergarten onwards. What they found was that children with visual inattention were more likely to go on and develop dyslexia.

This is no surprise to us as we examine all children for visual fixation, convergence and smooth visual tracking and if there is a problem we fix it before the situation gets worse and dyslexia comes to the fore. What so often appears as visual inattention is in fact a retained defensive visual reflex designed to make the child look at anything that moves in the peripheral visual fields. It should be replaced by the adult more discriminative form at around five years of age but if retained makes visual fixation impossible. Similarly, the inability to bring both eyes in towards the nose evenly and accurately means that not only are both eyes not looking at the same precise target but that smooth tracking and thereby reading fluency is severely impaired.

So treating dyslexia before it has a chance to impact upon a child’s life makes a great deal of sense.