Q & A with Sarah Warley, Founder of The Key Clinic who talks to us about a game-changing, drug-free approach to unlocking children’s true potential.

Q & A with Sarah Warley, Founder of The Key Clinic who talks to us about a game-changing, drug-free approach to unlocking children’s true potential. 900 599 Henman Communications


Tell us a little about your background, education and qualifications.

I have always had a passion for Biology and Psychology, which drew me to Oxford University, where I studied for a BA and MA in Experimental Psychology. I subsequently trained at The Institute of Neurodevelopmental Psychology, to understand reflex integration and how to mature the nervous system, helping improve balance, coordination, eye tracking and regulating emotional mood swings. I went on to train in Berard Auditory Integration Therapy, where I learnt about the importance of tuning up how one hears, to improving overall functioning and performance. I have also trained in Biomedical Interventions at The Walsh Institute in Chicago, which is ground-breaking working allowing us to rebalance neurotransmitter levels in the brain, using highly targeted vitamins and minerals, without using medications. In addition, I trained at the Meditech centre in Toronto, using low level laser therapy to rapidly improve both neurological and physical conditions, by boosting the mitochondrial energy stores within cells.

I now realise, looking back, that my entire approach to treating the brain and apparent ‘mental’ difficulties, is to realise that the brain does not exist in isolation from the body, but is housed in it and inextricably linked to it in a million ways. By treating the brain as a biological organ and improving all the input it receives, very often, the apparent ‘brain’ problem disappears.

Tell us how the idea for The Key Clinic came about and why you have decided to focus on neurodevelopmental and special educational needs (SEN) for children?

I have four children myself and know and understand the many ups and downs and difficulties which can face them. I have, of course, used the knowledge I have gained in helping smooth the path for them, so that they can really realise their full potential. I also treated many friend’s children, many of whom had been given labels, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Aspergers and told to reduce their expectations. Many, many times, in treating the brain as the biological organ it is, the labels were completely lost. It was friends and acquaintances who eventually persuaded me to set up the clinic. I know first-hand how difficult life can be for children who are struggling and for their parents and, having figured out a very practical approach to completely turn things around for them, so I feel morally obliged to help as many children as I can.

Your Key Clinic strapline is ‘Unlocking Children’s Potential’. Can you tell us more about how your programmes do that?

Just because a difficulty manifests itself in a brain function, it does not necessarily mean that this is where the problem originates. For example, 90% of children diagnosed with dyslexia have retained `primitive reflexes and these little immaturities in the system cause their eyes to jump when tracking across a page. This is completely curable – you carry out neurodevelopmental exercises to get rid of the reflexes and they can then read and write smoothly. Similarly, they may be hearing sounds in an unusual way. For example, if they have hypersensitive hearing, they may not be able to block out background noises, making them highly distractible. Again, this can be normalised with a 10 day customised hearing programme. A child suffering from anxiety, hyperactivity or depression may have a fundamental biomedical imbalance which has never been tested for. We test, then we treat with great accuracy, so they do not need medications. These are just a few examples of how we can remove the physical barriers which stop children from reaching their full potential.

You employ a range of highly qualified professional consultants covering a wide range of neurodevelopmental and SEN areas. Can you tell us a little more your team.

We have a wide range of specialists under one roof, working together as a team to provide 360 degree assessments and objective advice about which therapy will be most likely to prove game changing. We have medically qualified GPs (one is also a trainee Psychiatrist), A Doctor specialising in Neurodevelopmental Psychology and foetal Alcohol Syndrome, another doctor who is a trained Ophthalmologist, a nurse who worked in children’s intensive care for 12 years, a highly experienced Nutritionist, a Dietician, a Naturopath who is trained in Walsh Protocols and many other practitioners with Reflex Intregration and Auditory Therapy. What they all have is a passion about really wanting to help children – one has even worked with the Red Cross in many war torn parts of the world, while another worked in an Orphanage in Hungary.

I know you are keen to target parents with children that appear to be underperforming at school. What are some of the signs that you look out for in children that are struggling and underperforming?

I think that most parents have a very good instinct about this. They know when they talk to their child that they are perfectly smart, but they can see them failing to get the grades again and again at school. Such children are often exhausted at the end of the day, from having to compensate so much for nothing coming easily or naturally to them. Their self-esteem is often fragile and homework can become a battleground. We are receiving so many enquiries at the moment from parents, in lockdown, seeing first-hand how hard it is for their children to do their school work. The daily battle they have to endure.

I understand that your programmes are all drug-free movement methods which improves learning and behavioural problems by maturing the nervous system.? Can you tell us a bit more about the science behind that approach?

This particularly speaks to the reflex integration wok we do. When we are born, the brain is only 20% developed and the first year of life is a critical period of extremely rapid brain growth, resulting in the ability for most of what we do later on in life to happen on a sort of ‘autopilot’. The way in which the brain grows and matures in that first year is through a series of Primitive Reflexes which are clearly visible at different stages. Each one of these repeated baby movements creates the wiring in our brains to make life easy for us. By the time the first birthday is reached they should have done their job and inhibited. We all then make the assumption that all is good by the time a child starts school. However, very often, when we test children who are struggling and not firing on all cylinders at school, we find these little immaturities in the system are still present. They did not complete their work and are now wreaking havoc – messing up balance, coordination, eye tracking, emotional responses etc. We simply get rid of them by giving the nervous system a second chance to develop. We carry out highly targeted neurodevelopmental movements to re-stimulate the system and inhibit the reflexes. Once gone, they are one for good, so the benefits last a lifetime.

I know The Key Clinic helps children with a wide range of learning and behavioural problems ranging from: speech and language difficulties, difficulties with reading, dyslexia, hypersensitive hearing often associated with autism, poor concentration, bedwetting, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), auditory processing disorder (APD), anxiety​​, anger, depression. Can you elaborate for us on some of these points?

At the clinic, we are not very interested in the labels per se, as I really see these as simply descriptive terms for a cluster of symptoms. What is far more interesting and useful is to investigate what the underlying causes of the symptom are, so we can treat it. This is why so often, children are able to lose their labels.

Are these any new SEN areas you might be looking to expand into?

I would really like to work alongside more and more SEN departments within schools, so that together we can help turn these children around and put them on a wonderful new trajectory. We are already working with a prep school called Bishopsgate and are collected data to present as a research study.

I know you’re just launched a new clinic in central London last year. How’s that been going?

We have been extremely busy at both clinics following the London launch and have many international clients also visiting to be able to access our services. We were very lucky to have Chris Evans speak about the work we did turning his son, Eli around. He referred to out=r work as “It’s a miracle, as big as a cure for cancer!” You can imagine, we have been pretty inundated since then and are in the process of recruiting and training up new people as part of the team. I think, based on the response he received and we received, there is an overwhelming need for better help for families who are having difficulties.

Clearly since the coronavirus pandemic both your Berkshire and London clinics have been closed, however you are now offering a remote neurodevelopmental assessment, including a 30 min Zoom. Can you tell us more about that? Has that been successful in this new digital world?!

We are delighted to say that we are now able to offer all assessments, audiograms, sample tests and then therapies remotely to people. We have been working to develop this capability for some time, but lockdown forced us, like many practices, to press go slightly sooner than we had anticipated. We use a digital platform to deliver auditory therapy, exercise video instructions, dietary/supplement protocols and Zoom coached exercise sessions. It has all worked much better than any of us could have expected and we are now recruiting and treating people with a far wider reach than ever before.

Some of your results that you have seen with children with learning and behavioural problems over a short period of time have been quite amazing. Can you tell us a little more about those.

There are so many testimonials, `I would not know where to begin (please have a look at our website to read some stories). We have had children, after 2 weeks of therapy, gaining 20% improvements in exam scores across the board, we have had a 3 years old speaking for the first time following auditory therapy, we have had a teenager coming off anti-depressant meds, we have had a 7 year old, losing his diagnosis of autism, we have had a girl who has had night terrors all her life, have a peaceful night’s sleep for the first time. This is why we get up in the morning and do our job.

I know that over the long-term you are looking to expand and open ‘Key Clinic’s’ all over the world. Can you tell us a little about your ‘vision’ for The Key Clinic and where you hope to be in 3 or 4 years’ time?

I do have big plans for the clinic and would very much like it to be global. The remote delivery is going exceptionally well and we are, as always, collecting huge amounts of data on the efficacy of what we do, so we can continue to improve and hone it further. I would like to have several global Key Clinic hubs – San Francisco, New York, Singapore, Geneva. Having lived in so many countries over the years, I am always looking out for like-minded, passionate people, with the right credentials, to help me achieve this. I would also like to set up a Key Clinic Charity, to be able to what we do accessible to all those who may need them, regardless of income. Our mission is to help improve the lives of as many children as possible.

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