Élan clinic evaluates each case individually and develops a personalized treatment plan intended to improve your health and wellbeing.


 Barbara Schultze provides a unique service to Saskatchewan as a Certified HANDLE® Screener (HANDLE® Practitioner Intern). Age Ranges: Ages 5 years and older.

Disorders:  HANDLE® Screeners are qualified for the initial treatment of the following disorders: General Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Dyslexia, Perplexing Behaviours.

What is HANDLE?

Approach to
Development and

HANDLE® is an approach to neurodevelopmental irregularities that is simple, non-invasive, empowering and non-drug. It is an approach designed to enhance neurological systems that are causing learning or life difficulties.

Many Disorders, One Approach

Just as no two fingerprints are alike, no two people have the same arrangement of pathways that carry messages to, within, and from their brain. That is, each of us acquires slightly different neurodevelopmental patterns. Many children and adults who experience difficulties in learning, task performance, or social interaction have neurodevelopmental irregularities that interfere with processing. HANDLE® has helped individuals diagnosed with a wide variety of labels and disorders, by understanding that neurodevelopmental irregularities are the root cause of most difficulties.

HANDLE® helps each person reach or regain their full potential with an individualized program of seemingly simple, organized movement activities that require virtually no special equipment to gently enhance functioning.

HANDLE® prefers the term "differences" rather than "disorders," in celebration of neurodiversity and the uniqueness of individuals. However, HANDLE® acknowledges mainstream labels and diagnoses as a form of shorthand to describe clusters of symptomatic behaviours.

HANDLE® views all behaviour as communication, rather than symptoms to be masked or controlled. HANDLE® takes a "systems" view of the body and mind through which human behaviours can be seen as expressions of the functioning of the various parts of the body, especially of the nervous system and the brain. These systems interact with each other dynamically, and when one is stressed or disabled, another may reflect the stress, like eyestrain causing a headache. Through skillful observation and analysis, your HANDLE® provider can also discern which systems need to be protected to reduce stress and gently enhanced to reduce symptomatic behaviors.

Distinctive Features of HANDLE®

  • Views the person as a whole
  • Looks beyond the labels for root causes of perplexing behaviors
  • Strengthens systems without stress through Gentle Enhancement®
  • Considers the person in relationship to his or her environment
  • Assists the brain to create efficient pathways through a "systems approach"
    (an understanding of the connections and interactions between components of a system)
  • Works globally, affects specifically
  • Provides a nonjudgmental observational evaluation

HANDLE® employs nonjudgmental observational assessments and in-depth interviews to develop a "Neurodevelopmental Profile" instead of determining a score and providing a label. From the profile, understanding emerges of the root causes of the presenting concerns. Then, an individualized program is designed to enhance function.

For inquiries about HANDLE® Screenings please call or email élan clinic.



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