Importance of Diagnosing Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Fewer diagnoses can cause fear and dread in parents more than children’s neurodevelopment disorders such as ADD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and dyslexia. A child’s behavioral issues affect the entire family, and children who get “labeled” with one or multiple diagnoses risk being misunderstood, risk personal underachievement, often underperform academically, and more. Assumptions get made, children can be pigeonholed into rigid programs that don’t accommodate their specific situation, and frustration levels rise.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way – there is HOPE.
Diagnosing and Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Great strides have been made in recent years through early intervention, clinical neurology treatments, and more to address the underlying causes of neurodevelopment disorders and to equip both children and parents with tools that promote as healthy and as normal a lifestyle as possible. Clinical Nutrition is implemented to address the child’s nutritional deficiencies and food sensitivities. The brain utilizes 20% of all nutritional intake therefore it is important the right fuel is being used.
Understanding the root cause of these disorders and accurately assessing the functionality of the brain of a child with such behaviors is critical to addressing the issue(s). Our goal is to thoroughly assess the child’s medical health, cognitive functionality, and behavior to identify exactly what the problem is and where in the brain it resides, then map a course of treatment to improve a child’s academic success and behavior.
Types of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The symptoms and behaviors of autism, Asperger’s, pervasive development disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder fall under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders.
Although every child is different and each child’s diagnosis is unique, all of these disorders have some common learning, behavioral and neurological threads. And, all have one thing in common: for whatever reason, the networks in their brains are not working together properly. As a result, they cannot properly process sensory information and respond appropriately. Affected functions can include (but are not limited to) balance and coordination, acceptable behavior, interpersonal communication, and more.
Our goal in working with children – as well as adults – who have ASDs is to map courses of treatments using our experiences in building brain plasticity and connectivity, employing cutting-edge technologies as appropriate, and developing a holistic approach to health to achieve optimal functionalities. We know that the brain can improve, change, and evolve throughout a person’s lifetime. This neuroplasticity can be leveraged to improve a child’s focus, attention, and behavior for a more successful academic, social, and personal life.
Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Individuals with attention deficit disorder (ADD), hyperactivity disorder (HD), or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulty engaging the portion of their brains that control movement, attention, motivation, planning, judgment (choosing right from wrong), and more. Processing sensory information is an issue for them; a part of their brain fails to connect when presented with a task that requires their attention. The resulting behaviors can include inappropriate levels of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, oppositional behavior, disruptive behavior, and even aggression.
Our goal in working with individuals with these disorders is to identify which sensory and neurological networks are functioning inefficiently, then provide the appropriate sensory and cognitive exercises to bridge their deficiencies in processing, control, timing, coordination, and cognition.
As noted above, we know that the brain can improve, change, and evolve throughout a person’s lifetime. This neuroplasticity can be leveraged to improve a child’s focus, attention, and behavior for a more successful academic and personal life.
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