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Kids with autism can detect simple movements twice as fast as kids who don't have the disorder according to new research from the University of Vanderbilt and the University of Rochester. This information may help explain why people with autism are uncomfortable in certain environments, particularly crowded or bustling ones. A recent NPR article about the results of the study states the following:

"One can think of autism as a brain impairment, but another way to view autism is as a condition where the balance between different brain processes is impaired," says Duje Tadin, a co-author of the study out this week in the Journal of Neuroscience. "That imbalance could lead to functional impairments, and it often does, but it can also result in enhancements."

To read more about how researchers quantified this substantial movement perception difference in people with autism, click here. This study lends further support to Dr. Robert Melillo’s theory of Functional Disconnection as it applies to neuro-developmental disorders in children.  A well functioning brain communicates between both hemispheres and within each hemisphere at lightning speed. These communications are like runners in a relay race: They connect, pass information, and release, repeating this process millions of times a minute. In a poorly functioning brain, these "runners" are often out of sync, missing each other or passing on only partial information. At Brain Balance, we call this miscommunication Functional Disconnection Syndrome, and our program works by improving or correcting this underlying communication issue.

Once we understand the uniqueness and severity of your child’s challenges through our Comprehensive Assessment, we then custom design physical, sensory-motor, and cognitive activity plans to establish proper neural connections and improve rhythm and timing. As brain communication improves, symptoms of learning and developmental disorders are reduced or eliminated. We also offer nutritional guidelines and dietary support for a whole-child approach to improving behavior and functioning. Our proprietary, non-medical program has helped thousands of kids reach their physical, social, behavioral, and academic potential. We work with children who exhibit symptoms of ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Contact us today to learn more!

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