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Brain ImageA new study in the June 23rd release of the journal Neuron compared the brain images of 72 toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4 in an effort to establish if there were brain differences that may indicate Autism. Thirty of the children were typically developing, 29 were diagnosed with Autism, and 13 were classified as having significant language delay. According to a related article at Health.com, the study showed:

…that the language areas of the left and right hemispheres of the autistic toddlers’ brains were less “in sync” than the hemispheres of the typical kids and the children with other language delays. The weaker the synchronization, the more severe the autistic child’s communication difficulties.

“No one really knows why synchronization is important, but it’s clearly a robust phenomenon apparent in the brains of animals and humans of all ages,” said lead study author Ilan Dinstein, a neurobiologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and a member of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego.“The main theory is that it is important for the proper communication between different brain areas,” Dinstein added. “Such communication is thought to be essential for normal brain function and for normal behavior.”

At Brain Balance, we recognize that many childhood disorders are manifestations of a single, underlying condition called Functional Disconnection. Clinical research indicates that Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, and other learning disorders have in common a functional imbalance or under-connectivity of electrical activity within and between the right and left sides or hemispheres of the brain. As a result, the brain literally becomes desynchronized or “out of rhythm‟. Just as an orchestra filled with gifted musicians only sounds beautiful if all the musicians play in rhythm, the two sides of the brain must also function in rhythm or synchronicity. This Functional Disconnection is responsible for a host of behavioral, academic, and social difficulties, and it is the premise on which the Brain Balance Program® was created!

Brain Balance Achievement Centers are after-school learning facilities that help children with learning and behavioral disorders reach their potential. After a comprehensive assessment, the Brain Balance team custom designs physical, sensory, and cognitive activity plans along with dietary guidelines to establish proper neural connections and improve rhythm and timing. Learn more about the Brain Balance Program® today!

11 thoughts on “Study Shows Poor Brain Sync Related to Autism

  1. Saundra Markwood

    Do you have a weekend program as it is a 4 hour drive and would be impossible to do after school? Also, if a child comes to be assessed to determine which side of the brain needs to be balanced can a parent or nurse be trained to do the exercises and meet with the dietican?

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  4. Australian

    Could you please let me know whether the program is operating in Melbourne, Australia?
    I would be very keen to know!
    I read the book, Disconnected Kids, and would be very, very keen to have my child participate in a BrainBalance program.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Brain Balance Centers

      Thank you for your interest in Brain Balance! At this time, all our centers are located in the United States. We have people from all over the world relocate temporarily to go through the program. To learn more about the program, please consider reading Disconnected Kids and Reconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo, co-founder of Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Consider filling out our contact form for more info on enrolling in the program.

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  6. Susan

    Hi, I live in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. I would love to do the Brain Balance program with my child who has autism.
    Has there been any update on programs within Australia?
    Is there any way we can participate long distance as we have done almost four years of intense behavioural therapy, 6 general gym sessions per week, and a host more programs to help our 7yr old.
    Although these programs have helped, there are many miles to go, and so as a mum I continue to search and search. Have we possibly found something that may make a significant difference? I am my son’s advocate and would appreciate any info you have for the betterment of our boys life!

    Thank :)

  7. Anna Breheney

    Hi, I too live in Australia, Melbourne, and am very interested in this program. Can someone please tell all of us Australians how we can access professional services for the program. My son is aged 5 with autism. Thanks so much, Anna

    1. Brain Balance Centers

      Thank you for your interest in Brain Balance Achievement Centers! Our Frequently Asked Questions page can help with your questions about the program. You may also call our Corporate Office at 201-387-1797 for more info. Thanks again for your interest in Brain Balance!

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