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The Brain Can Change

Conventional medical wisdom long held the belief that the human brain cannot change – that it is hardwired at birth just like a computer.  Scientists started to collect evidence in the early 1970s that eventually proved this is not the case.  They found that the brain is actually malleable and has the ability to change both physically and chemically in response to certain types of activity.  They found that it can change its shape, size, number of branches, number of connections, as well as the strength of its connections.

The potential of this ability is so far reaching, it has become a science of its own called neuroplasticity – neuro meaning neurons and plastic meaning changeable.

Functional Disconnection

When a child has a “normal” brain, “normal” physical body, but has difficulty learning, difficulty speaking, difficulty with movements; there is a functional disconnection in their brain. This is the basis of functional neurology. Functional neurology looks at how the two hemispheres of the brain (right brain/left brain) connect and work together.

Children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, tics, and other conditions typically have a delay in their right hemisphere. We can improve the strength of the right hemisphere while balancing the two sides of the brain to eliminate symptoms and improve the child’s function. After just 12 weeks, up to 82% of children with ADHD will have significantly improved or resolved symptoms.

Our program utilizes movements, auditory & visual stimulation and primitive reflex integration to build connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Actually “re-wiring” the brain.

Below are a list of symptoms/warning signs that your child may have a functional disconnection in there brain. These symptoms are relevant for all ages. If you believe your child has “Functional Disconnection”, contact us today for a free consultation to determine if our program is a right fit for your child and their needs.

Warning Signs/Red Flags

The brain is immature and not developing properly:

  • inappropriate laughing and giggling
  • lack of fear, especially in the face of danger
  • risk taking
  • aversion to being cuddled or held
  • sustained unusual repetitive play
  • avoiding eye contact
  • a preference to play alone
  • difficulty expressing needs
  • insistence on routine; making everything the same
  • difficulty interacting with others
  • difficulty setting goals and prioritizing
  • difficulty controlling emotions
  • difficulty learning, with memory, attention/focus
  • poor motor control

Poor body awareness:

  • poor sense of gravity and poor balance
  • clumsy and walk into things

Proprioception:

  • physically awkward
  • walk oddly
  • unusually clumsy
  • lean to one side
  • unable to ride a bicycle

Poor gross and fine motor skills:

  • Poor posture
  • Awkward gait
  • Uncoordinated and have no sense of timing or rhythm
  • May have crawled or walked late, or crawled different (like scooting)
  • May have skipped crawling altogether
  • Clumsiness and odd posture
  • Poor coordination
  • Not athletically inclined and has no interested in participating in sports
  • Difficulty riding bike/ runs, walks oddly
  • Repetitive stereotyped motor mannerisms
  • Fidgets excessively
  • Poor eye contact
  • Walks or walked on toes
  • Poor handwriting
  • Difficulty manipulating small items

Abnormal Emotional Reactions

  • Spontaneously cries and/or laughs and has sudden outbursts of anger or fear
  • Worries a lot and has several phobias
  • Holds to the past “hurts”
  • Has sudden emotional outburst that appear overreactive and inappropriate to the situation
  • Experiences panic and/or anxiety attacks
  • Sometimes displays dark or violent thoughts
  • Face lack expressions; doesn’t exhibit much body language
  • Too uptight; can’t seem to loosen up
  • Lacks empathy and feelings for others
  • Lacks emotional reciprocity
  • Often seems fearless and is a risk taker

Sensory processing symptoms:

  • Fussy/picky eater
  • Covering ears or running away from loud noises that sound normal to others
  • Don’t like to be hugged
  • Poor spacial orientation; bumps into things often
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Confusion when asked to point to different body parts
  • Poor sense of balance
  • High threshold for pain – doesn’t cry when gets hurt
  • Likes to spin, go on rides, swing, etc anything with motion – excessively
  • Touches things compulsively
  • Does not like the feel of clothing on body
  • Doesn’t like being touched and doesn’t like touching things
  • Incessantly smells everything
  • Prefers bland foods
  • Does not notice strong smells
  • Avoids food because of the way it looks
  • Hates having to eat and isn’t interested in sweets
  • Extremely picky eater

Common Academic Problems:

  • Poor oral and written expression
  • Poor reading and written comprehension
  • Poor writing skills
  • Inability to organize
  • Lack of focus
  • Reading and spelling problems
  • Inability to follow directions
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty understanding cause and effect
  • Poor sequencing ability
  • Confusion when presented with multiple bits of information
  • Poor social skills
  • Cognitive symptoms

Behavioral Characteristics of a RIGHT Brain Delay:

  • Logical thinker
  • Often misses the gist of the story
  • Always the last to get a joke
  • Gets stuck in set behavior; can’t let it go
  • Lacks social tact/ antisocial/ socially isolated
  • Poor time management; always late
  • Disorganized
  • Has a problem paying attention
  • Is hyperactive and/or impulsive
  • Has obsessive thoughts or ehaviors
  • Argues all the time and is generally uncooperative
  • Exhibits signs fo an eating disorder
  • Failure to thrive as an infant
  • Mimics sounds or words repeatedly without really understanding the meaning
  • Appears bored, aloof, and abrupt
  • Considered strange by other children
  • Inability to form friendships
  • Has difficulty sharing enjoyment, interested, or achievements with other people
  • Inappropriately giddy or silly
  • Acts inappropriate in social situations
  • Talks incessantly and asks the same questions repeatedly
  • Has no or little joint attention; such as the need to point to an object to get our attention
  • Didn’t look at self in mirror as toddler

Academic Problems of a RIGHT Brain Delay:

  • Poor math reasoning (word problems, geometry, algebra)
  • Poor reading comprehensions and pragmatic skills
  • Misses the big picture
  • Very analytical
  • Likes slapstick or obvious physical humor
  • Is very good at finding mistakes (spelling)
  • Takes everything literally
  • Doesn’t always reach a conclusion when speaking
  • Started speaking early
  • Has tested for a high IQ or is above normal in verbal ability and below average in performance abilities
  • Was an early word reader
  • Is interested in unusual topics
  • Learns in a rote (memorizing) manner
  • Learns extraordinary amounts of specific facts about a subject
  • Is impatient
  • Speaks in a monotone; has little voice inflection
  • Is a poor nonverbal communicator
  • Doesn’t like loud noises like fireworks
  • Speaks out loud regarding what he or she is thinking
  • Talks “in your face”; space invader
  • Good reader but does not enjoy reading
  • Follows rules without questioning them
  • Good at keeping track of time
  • Easily memorizes spelling and mathematical formulas
  • Enjoys observing rather than participating
  • Would rather read an instruction manual before trying something new
  • Math was often the first academic subject that became a problem

Immune Characteristics of a RIGHT Brain Delay:

  • Has lots of allergies
  • Rarely gets cold or infections
  • Has or had eczema or asthma
  • Skin has little white bumps, especially on the back of the arms
  • Displays erratic behavior; good one day, bad the next
  • Craves certain foods, especially diary and wheat products

Autonomic Characteristics of a RIGHT Brain Delay:

  • Problems with bowels such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Has rapid heart rate and/or high blood pressure for age
  • Appears bloated, especially after meals, often complains of stomach pains
  • Has body odor
  • Sweats a lot
  • Hands are always moist and clammy

 

The rate of functional disconnection happening in our children is rising; rapidly.  It is not a genetic condition; it is not a developmental condition; it is not a behavioral condition. It is a neurological condition. A disconnection between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. We can help re-wire the brain and improve connections through neuroplasticity, giving rise to improved characteristics and decreased symptoms.

4 thoughts on “Why a Neurological Approach to Treatment is Key

  1. I had a friend who’s father suffered from a neurological disorder his whole life. He tried to get treatment a few times but he could never find a doctor who could help him. I really like that this article has a list of things that could indicate an immature or underdeveloped brain, like poor expression.

  2. It is good to know that the brain has the tendency to change physically and chemically over time. As the brain has the tendency to change its shape or even its size, it is definitely important that we have a neurologist have our brain health checked. With that, it is also imperative that our brain gets to have some kind of brain conditioning treatment so that our brain can adjust to changes as well.

    1. Yes this is all so true! Our brains need the same health care that our bodies need but in our world of constant stimulation, we are rarely giving it time to rest.

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