P.E.P is designed to encourage the mind to rebalance itself and make its own natural adjustments.
Are any of these signs familiar to you or those you care for?
- Poor memory
- Difficulties in learning or retaining information
- Short attention or concentration span
- Reading difficulties
- Feeling of inadequacy
- Behavioural challenges
- Victim of birth trauma
- Accident or stroke
What is PEP?
The Perceptual Enrichment Programme (PEP) traces an individual's development from infancy into adulthood by monitoring their basic visual sense. Our development in this sphere orientates us to our surroundings: the physical and spacial world in which we live. PEP also explores our parallel development in language and thinking, which interweaves with motor development. The totality of all these factors form what we term perception.
Perception involves many aspects of thinking, especially our ability to interrelate, recognise, remember and match what is familiar to us in an unfamiliar setting. This ability enables us to understand increasingly complex concepts, the absence of which can create difficulties such as being disorganised, a poor aptitude for maths and abstract thinking, not to mention feelings of inadequace.
When as children we have not mastered basic perceptual skills, problems can arise when trying to build increasingly complex concepts, processing complicated language, and categorising; we may also exhibit compensatory behaviours. Similar problems can be experienced by people with neuro-developmental problems. The PEP therapist's understanding of these underlyng factors is central to this re-education programme.
How PEP began?
The Perceptual Enrichment Programme (PEP) emerged as a result of the research into neurological and cognitive development of infants, through childhood, adolescence into adulthood. Begun by Patricia Theisen in 1973, and implemented in 1982, it took nearly ten years to develop into a structured programme. Research sources have been drawn from many disciplines, including anathropology, linguistics and computer learning studies.
Highly effective, PEP has been successsfully applied to individuals with learning challenges. It has also been used as a rehabilitation tool for brain trauma clients suffering from cognitive and perceptual difficulties.
What happens during a PEP session?
PEP commences with a pre-test to assess where brain development has been impaired in early years. The missing stages in perceptual development are analysed. Throughout an average of eight sessions, a series of graduated non-academic exercises develops the necessary cognitive and developmental concepts necessary for inceasing concentration, confidence, creative thinking and problem solving. The Therapist works with materials that address specific parts of the brain, which automatically rectify areas in need of adjustment. These include tabletop games, which are effective with both adults and children. In the final session a post-test is undertaken which enables the client to see the extent of his or her progress.