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Study Shows Poor Brain Sync Related to Autism

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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, 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!

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