The Advance Centre

IMG_0468The Advance Centre is a ground breaking, innovative, friendly not-for-profit charitable organization based in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Parents’ reports of their own children’s achievements travelled fast throughout the UK and the wider world. Thus a new future for brain injured children was established.

The Charity was founded in 1993 by Linda Scotson as a way to help other children with brain injuries and neurological challenges and their families, as she had her own son Doran. Doran has Cerebral Palsy and was not expected to walk. Through her research Linda was able to support Doran’s improvements and he not only learned to walk, but has run a number of half marathons.

The ground breaking part of Linda’s work was that she found that the same muscles that we use for breathing are also used for circulation and posture and that these muscles although weakened by neurological issues could be strengthened by a unique type of massage which she developed and called The Scotson Technique (TST).

Furthering the research, Linda will complete a PhD, undertaken at The Institute of Child Health, University College London in March 2016. Linda and her team train parents in TST so that families can then apply the exercises in their own homes.

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