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According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking, movement and processing. Today, neuroscientists know that the two sides of the brain collaborate to perform a broad variety of tasks and that the two hemispheres communicate through the corpus callosum. Ideally the two hemispheres will be balanced and work in synergy together, although you will be dominant in one side.  Children with Autism and other neurological or learning-based disorders are being found to have a significant imbalance between the two hemispheres.

The right brain focuses on the visual, and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The focus of the left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole.

Learning disabilities and movement challenges are a direct result of the disconnect between the two hemispheres. The characteristics and challenges your child displays represents which hemisphere is weaker. Balancing the two hemispheres will help narrow the gap and strengthen the weaker hemisphere.

Parents can begin to assist their own child with integrating and balancing the two sides of the brain at home with specific exercises given through our Neurological Rehabilitation.

Left Brain Hemisphere characteristics & functions:

  • speech and language
  • analytical thinking
  • attention to detail
  • detail-oriented
  • fine motor skills & control

Characteristics of a left brain deficiency:

  • is good with non-verbal communication
  • is not good at following routines
  • has difficulty following multiple step instructions
  • may have poor self-esteem
  • may be difficult to motivate
  • sees the big picture
  • is prone to ear infections

These lists are just a sample of characteristics. Your child may or may not exhibit all of these. Contact us to have a complete assessment in order to have individualized information.

Right Brain Hemisphere characteristics & functions:

  • creative, artistic
  • musical awareness
  • big-picture oriented
  • good coordination
  • catches colds frequently
  • no allergies
  • non-verbal communication
  • gross motor skills

Characteristics of a right brain deficiency:

  • trouble with visual perception
  • short attention span
  • struggles behaviorally
  • increased anxiety
  • digestive and bowel troubles
  • poor eye contact
  • dislikes loud noises
  • low muscle tone

These lists are just a sample of characteristics. Your child may or may not exhibit all of these. Contact us to have a complete assessment in order to have individualized information.

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