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1. Design, structure, or configuration of a form, style, or method.
2. A method of physical therapy in which a rigid pattern of exercises is used to stimulate weak or paralyzed nerves and muscles to act on their own.


Etymology: ME, patron
a method of treatment or act of establishing a system or pattern of stimuli that will evoke a new set of responses. The process is commonly used to retrain people who have suffered a brain injury that disrupts normal sensory-motor activities.


A technique developed by Drs GU Doman and CH Delacato for rehabilitating and treating brain-injured children, in which a child performs exercises that are intended to duplicate stages of early childhood development. Advocates of patterning claim a 30% response rate in brain-injured children when used in conjunction with optimal nutritional support and megadoses of vitamins.


n an alternative technique in which neurologically impaired children are led through a series of movements that mimic the prenatal and postnatal movements of normal children. This technique is believed to assist these children in improving their neurological organization.

Patient discussion about patterning

Q. What pattern of heredity does diabetes follow? I know that baldness comes from your mother's father. How does diabetes travel through generations?

A. Ninety percent of children who develop type 1 diabetes actually have no relative with the disease. But it’s an auto immune disease. That means that some people are in risk of getting diabetes type 1. Depends on the immune system they inherited. It’s not “recessive” or “dominant”, if your parent has type 1 – you have a 25% chance of getting the risk factor.

Q. Which would be the best diet pattern for a woman to have a flat stomach? I am worried about my weight. I have been constantly gaining weight for past few months and I have gained a large belly. I am just 19 years old. I would like to lose weight desperately and I am clueless on the diet pattern that I should be following. Could someone please help me out? Which would be the best diet pattern for a woman to have a flat stomach?

A. Hello. I think some of the previous posts are correct. In addition to increasing your physical activity, it's also very important to monitor how often you go to the bathroom to get rid fat causing waste inside of your stomach. You definitely need to drink lots of water and in order to allow for your body to naturally dispose of these harmful waste. You can find out more information on ways to start losing weight naturally here:

Q. Which would be the best diet pattern for a man to have a flat stomach?

A. I have found that if you eat a snack every 3 hours it will increase your metabolism and therefore help you lose weight

Chad Levin

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