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The Truth Section is intended to provide you with the facts regarding these Neurobehavioral/ Developmental Disorders so that you can better educate yourself and make the best decisions for your child
Traditionally clinicians have viewed the disorders of ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and Learning Disorders (i.e.Dyslexia) as separate entities. However, greater knowledge through recent advancements in evaluative capabilities along with diagnostic imaging that revealed striking similarities, these disorders are now considered points on a common spectrum of Neurobehavioral/Developmental Disorders. Where the child falls on the spectrum is dependent on the severity of the imbalance and the specific regions effected within the brain, which may result in many, if not all, of the common symptoms of these disorders.
As stated, clinical research indicates that these Neurobehavioral/ Developmental Disorders are related or have in common an underlying functional imbalance or under-connectivity of electrical (brain) activity within and between the right and left sides of the brain. As a result, the brain literally becomes desynchronized or “out of rhythm‟. So, just as an orchestra may be filled with gifted musicians, the music played will sound horrible if the musicians play out of rhythm. It is the same with the brain; it too must function in rhythm or synchronicity.
These Neurobehavioral/Developmental Disorders are all in fact a dysfunction within several areas of the brain and body. Dysfunction however does not mean damage or pathological disease. Dysfunction simply means that some areas and systems of the brain and body are not functioning as they should.
Behavioral and/or academic problems may be the result of the underlying dysfunction, not the cause of it.
Our Brain Balance Program addresses your child’s underlying brain dysfunction through our unique protocols which target sensory/motor deficits, academic concerns, and nutritional needs. Your child’s individualized program at Brain Balance will address the cause of his/her disorder rather than focusing on its symptoms, resultant behaviors, or only one component of the disorder.
Over the last ten years, Brain Balance has helped thousands of children become more focused, improve their academic performance, and enhance their communication and social interaction skills.
Brain Balance Centers hold parent lectures where parents and professionals alike can gain a unique window into a child’s brain function. Our lectures offer insight into how the brain normally develops and what may interfere with the stages of typical development.
Most importantly we show how, with proper intervention, your child’s problems may be corrected. Contact a local center for specific information regarding upcoming lectures.
References for The Truth Section:
Leisman, G & Melillo, R. (2004). Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood; An Evolutionary Perspective, 1st Ed., Springer Science + Media,inc., New York.
American Psychiatric Association (2000). Quick Reference to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from DSM-IV-TR®, 4th Ed., Text Revision, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association.
International Dyslexia Association, “IDA Fact Sheet On Dyslexia and Related Language-Based Learning Differences”, 2007.
Aspergers.com, “What is the epidemiology of Asperger’s Disorder?”, 1996. http://aspergers.com/
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, “NICHCY Connections…to Rett syndrome”, April 2004. http://nichcy.org/resources/rett.asp
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, “NICHCY Connections…to Childhood Disintegrative Disorder”, April 2004. http://nichcy.org/resources/disintegrative.asp