Functional Disconnection Syndrome (FDS) was coined by Dr. Robert Melillo, after seeing so many children that had functional brains if looked at from an MRI, and perfectly healthy bodies….but they were struggling with learning, motor skills, language, behavior, and more. Demonstrating a “disconnection” between the brain and body.
What was discovered through research is that some children’s brains are simply not organized well. But the interesting thing to note is that researchers were not able to identify what “diagnosis” a child had through MRI scans of these neural networks. They were able to tell which children had struggles and which did not based on the unorganiztion of these “hubs” of neural networks. So that means children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities actually all showed different dis-organization in the brain – it was not indicative of a specific diagnosis.
Isn’t that interesting???
And what’s even more peculiar is that the majority of these children are super smart – but cannot control their bodies – and may appear inattentive, with lack of focus, and clumsy & uncoordinated. Yet they are almost geniuses! This is demonstration of how the higher level brain was able to grow without a strong neurological foundation, leaving the child with poor body awareness, visual-spatial processing, motor skills, etc that create a “disconnection” between the brain and body.
To help re-connect and re-wire the brain and body, we take a four step approach:
- Neurological Foundation – integrate primitive reflexes and sensory systems, supporting the weaker hemisphere
- Posture & Core Strength – enhance postural reflexes, core strength, and body awareness
- Skill Development – work the more advanced skills like balance, coordination, visual-motor to bridge the gap
- Academic Achievement – now the child is able to easily understand, attend, focus, read, and learn
Remember, “Movement is essential to learning. Movement integrates and anchors new information into our neural networks. Every time we move in an organized manner, full brain activation and integration occurs, and the door to learning opens. Movement facilitates the development of increased blood vessels that carry learning-essential water, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain.” [Hannaford, Why is Movement So Important?]