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Our performance exists in chains. All chains have an origin (in perceptual performance), are comprised of various links and express themselves in the world by way of the actions we perform. That performance we see is the consequence of an emergent process, arising from the point at which we are perceiving this world and everything in it, and cumulating in the actions we take as a result.
What we are seeing in the performance of those everyday tasks, is the consequence of layer upon layer upon layer of sensory information, interwoven with some very specific skills, abilities and processes, scaffolded together as our task performance. Added to this, is the reality that everything we do right now is consequence of absolutely everything we have ever performed previously and how we have refined this. It is absolutely true that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, because that combining together of all of our integrated performance, in a staggering variety of ways always produces some incredibly outcomes. We may take our everyday performance for granted but it is truly a spectacular feat.
Walking and running began with the first kick of our leg, as a foetus in the womb and it has never left us; it was only ever added to. Walking or running did not occur in isolation, nor are they just a simple action. They are the consequence of considerable refinement of performance over time, scaffolded together with a phenomenal amount of sensory information and experience.
The level of our performance and its refinement comes down to the volume of sensory information we can process in any one moment. Any disruption in perception, regardless of cause, will always result in a decline in performance. It’s really very simple, if you can increase the volume of sensory loading you can deal with in any moment, whilst remaining aware, calm, attentive, open and allowing, then performance will improve relative to this. There are two aspects required to do this:
Refined performance can be defined as: performance where impurities or unwanted elements have been removed by processing and; where performance is developed or improved upon, so as to be precise or subtle. It is all about honing our performance, by identifying and correcting any speed bumps within it, however, in order to gain the full benefits of refined performance, we need to go beyond a superficial understanding of how this is occurring and go to the point it originates from.
Since the day we were born, we have been refining our performance, however, how we do this is just not understood. Most of what we are engaged in doing, is the refinement of the end product or a rather remarkable process, while the intricacies of that process remain hidden from prying eyes. Interestingly, most of us have taken on a rather common belief; that we just need to practice, in order to improve our outcomes; however, we don’t have to look far, to discover that this is not actually true. If it was, athletes would not have coaches, no child would be struggling in school and everyone would graduate from rehabilitation, restored to their previous level of function.
My point in writing many of these articles is to dispel the plethora of urban myths, which abound around kids who struggle. The sad truth is that most of what is said is without substance; and, probably the only reason these myths continue to be perpetuated, is because the actual reality of these kids performance, is not seen by most and, has yet to permeate throughout society.
Such children continue to be seen through an inappropriate lens, giving rise to speculation and a superficial understanding of their performance. Their struggle is functional, not educational or psychological and it has to do with how we perform those very tasks they struggle with; and what has gone wrong for them.
I’ve been working with kids for over 10 years now and I have yet to meet a child who has a 'learning disability.' I have also yet to meet a child who has subnormal intelligence or where ‘intelligence’ is an issue. I have, however, met a great many children who have had their struggle completely resolved, and have gone on to catch up to or surpass their peer’s performance and done so very quickly. Unlike most therapists, I do not work with these kids for months or years and I do not develop huge and unwieldly management plans. Nor do I have children practicing the very things they have already demonstrated they cannot do. I don’t do these things because they are totally and absolutely unnecessary. Life can be challenging enough, without the adults adding to the burdens of the children.
Natoya Rose is an Occupational Therapist and developer of the clinically based programs, used to refine visual perceptual performance
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