Roughly one hundred billion brain cells fill the newborn child’s cranium. Only a small percentage are working at birth which is why, for instance, sight and sound are very poor at birth. But immediately after the shock of being born, the brain’s electrical circuits begin to light up and then it is a race for the two hemispheres of the brain to develop appropriately and in sync. One of the distinguishing features of human brains, compared to lower life forms, is that certain milestones in brain development must be reached at crucial times in order for one side of the brain to not lag behind the other. The left and right hemispheres and the connections between them are what allow us to combine big picture (right brain) functions with small detail (left brain) functions. So, in Autism, the electrical firing and wiring that promotes growth of the brain loses its timing. If one of these delicate neural pathways is weak or not stimulated appropriately, then crucial areas of the brain will become slower (usually in one hemisphere) and a lateralization of brain function begins to occur.

Since the right hemisphere (the area of primitive survival) is dominant in the first two years of life, the right side of the brain is where the slow down in developmentĀ  usually occurs. This is especially true in boys because they are more dependent on mother’s health and in reaching those milestones in a timely fashion. These developmental delays do not usually appear in early infancy but tend to show up around age two. Age two and older is when the child starts to ” seem different” and may be labeled ADHD, Autistic, Dyslexic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc..

Some of the warning signs of Functional Disconnection Syndrome are (1) clumsiness (2) poor eye coordination (3) poor fine motor skills (4) poor gross motor skills (5) retention of primitive reflexes (6) social awkwardness (7) abnormal emotions (8) weak immune systems (9) poor sensory processing of visual, auditory, olfactory, kinesthetic, and cognitive information (10) poor digestion and food sensitivities.

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown.

How are we different? We specialize in neurological, immunological, and endocrine rehabilitation without the use of drugs or surgery. Conditions treated include: Sleep Disorders, Cognitive Disorders,Mood Disorders, Balance Disorders (Vertigo, Dizziness, etc.), Headaches, Migraines, Peripheral Neuropathy, Movement Disorders (Tics, Tremors, Tourette’s, etc.), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADHD, ADD, OCD, CDD, PDD, Asperger’s, etc), Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, Hormone Disorders, Adrenal Disorders, and Blood Sugar Disorders (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia).

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In part 1, we talked about the causes, conditions, and brain changes in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Today we will expand upon these topics.

MISFIRING IN AUTISM
* poor body awareness
* retention of primitive motor reflexes which interfere with development
* poor social skills and abnormal emotions
* poor fine and gross motor skills
* poor eye coordination
* sensory processing problems
* rapid heart rate
* digestive weaknesses
* food sensitivities
* compromised immune system
* academic and cognitive problems

WHAT’S GOING ON?

* Once thought a social problem, it is now known to be a central processing problem
* Motor and gait abnormalities
* Distraction due to faulty sensory input
* Overwhelm due to lack of assimilation
* Communication problems with repetitive behavior (Perseveration)
* Causes: small brain areas in the parietal lobe, vermis of cerebellum, corpus callosum, anterior cingulate, and striatum.
* Increased Serotonin levels in the blood
* Abnormalities in inflammatory responses leading to social withdrawal,fear of new stimuli, and sleep disorders
* Abnormal rapid eye movements leading to inability to attend stimuli
* Averted gaze of human faces

ASSOCIATED SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS

* Strongly associated with autoimmune disorders in relatives
* Excessive innate immune responses associated with gastrointestinal disorders
* Deficits in postural stability, posture, balance, and eye movements
* Respond to negative emotion
* Decreased motor skills
* Can’t understand non-verbal communication
* Stereotypical behavior

If you have wondered if chiropractic approaches can help see a chiropractor or chiropractors or see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown.

As stated in part 1, these conditions can be changed. This is not a lifetime sentence but it does require work. CallĀ  us today at Brown Chiropractic Neurology (303) 986-7600. Proudly serving Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Denver, Lakewood, and Evergreen.

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Interactive Metronome (IM) has been widely recognized for improving motor skills and now research is finding unexpected benefits to IM treatment. Clinicians working with cognitive, behavioral, social, communicative, and academic functions are finding substantial improvements in these areas:
(1) Attention and concentration
(2) Cognitive speed
(3)Executive function
(4) Auditory processing
(5) Language processing
(6) Motor control and co-ordination
(7) Memory problems
(8) Self control (aggression/impulsivity)
(9) Reading & math fluency
(10) Phonological awareness
(11) Speech apraxia
(12) Tourette’s Syndrome, tics,
(13) Stuttering
(14) Sensory processing

What is IM?
IM is a brain based assessment and treatment tool that has been shown to improve neurological functions of motor planning and sequencing (core functions of the brain). Reaching, grasping, aiming, speaking, walking, and listening all utilize motor planning and sequencing. Before IM, objective measurements were lacking and there were two important questions that were unanswered:
(1) What tool can precisely and objectively measure and document the degree of impairment to motor planning and sequencing?
(2) What is the most objective and efficient way to restore these core brain functions?

IM is the answer to both these questions. Clinicians can objectively measure motor planning and sequencing and assign a level of impairment in milliseconds. As the student improves, her ability to motor plan and sequence is reflected in improving millisecond averages.

What age group is IM appropriate for? Age 6 and above have been traditionally qualified; however, today chiropractic neurologists have been using IM with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in certain cases. Expected improvements in the areas of sensory processing, motor planning, language, and communication are measured and documented. Some students progress at a faster rate than others.

How does IM improve function? Timing and rhythm

IM has been shown to improve function and recovery of patients with:
ADHD
Apraxia
Auditory Processing Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Brain Tumors
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Developmental Delays/Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia and other Reading Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Limb Amputation/Prosthetics
Multiple Sclerosis
Non Verbal Learning Disorder
Parkinson’s Disease
Phonological Processing Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury
Sensory Processing Disorder

Call us today to have a complimentary consultation with the doctor and see if IM can help you or your loved ones.

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

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