Susan Boyle, a popular Scottish singer who rose to fame after a stunning performance on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, recently shared in an interview that she has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (ASD). Susan feels that the diagnosis has given her a sense of relief as she now understands herself better and hopes that others around her will as well. In addition to the singer, actors Daryl Hannah and Dan Aykryod have also recently discussed their personal experiences with ASD. As more people in the limelight share their struggles and successes with the disorder, parents of kids with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) are hopeful that awareness and understanding will increase among their peers.
What is Asperger's Syndrome? Asperger syndrome (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder on the autism spectrum that is widely described as a high functioning form of autism. The disorder is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, motor delay, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. People with ASD tend to have many of the social and sensory issues of those with more severe forms of autism but have average to above average IQs and well-developed vocabularies. They may also struggle to understand subtle forms of communication like body language, humor, and sarcasm. Symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety disorder may accompany a diagnosis of ASD. Common behaviors associated with the disorder include avoidance of touch and eye contact and a hypersensitivity to sounds, smells, and other sensory stimuli that are not offensive to others. A rigid adherence to routine or schedule is often noted as well.
How Can Brain Balance Help? Early intervention and proper support can make a significant difference for kids with ASD. If your child has symptoms of the disorder, we invite you to consider the Brain Balance Program. The right hemisphere of the brain regulates creativity, non-verbal learning, attention, and socially appropriate behavior. A child with decreased right brain activity may have trouble reading body language, regulating repetitive behaviors, and maintaining eye contact, attention, and mood. Our Program combines individually customized sensory motor and academic activities that improve right brain connectivity leading to a reduction or elimination of behavioral symptoms. In addition, our nutritional guidelines are supported by published research that stresses the importance of a healthy diet in decreasing symptoms of the disorder. Contact us today to learn more!