Childhood Neuro Disorders

Conditions can be successfully managed without drugs such as Concerta or Adderall.

Dyslexia, ADHD, Turret’s Syndrome, Asperger’s, Autism. These are all labels placed on certain children by conventional medicine, typically using a qualitative analysis without any clear-cut lines separating pathological severity from common traits. It can be devastating to both parent and child to be labeled in such a way. It might mean special classes in school or prescription drugs like Ritalin or Adderall (doctor-prescribed amphetamines) to mask the symptoms. Or, as a parent maybe you’ve heard “We need to focus on your child’s strengths”

Childhood Neuro DisordersAt DuPage Neurology & Wellness Center the approach is a bit different. The previously mentioned conditions are actually neurologically very similar, the only difference typically being the degree to which symptoms are manifested. What these conditions all have in common is what can be termed a Functional Disconnection in the nervous system. What that means is that for some reason one, or more, parts of your child’s brain is not working as well or efficiently as other parts due to different rates of maturity. This leads to different rates of activation and impaired communication between hemispheres.

Childhood Neuro Disorders, Aspergers, Hemispheric Approach, Learning Disabilities Ideally there is a balancing act between hemispheres. With a Functional Disconnection there is a shift in the balance. In the nervous system dominant areas of the brain tend to inhibit, or suppress, the weaker ones making imbalances worse. The answer to treating these conditions is to identify functionally weak areas of the brain and specifically activate (exercise) them to bring them up in function with the previously dominant parts of the brain. This can be achieved through many methods such as Interactive Metronome, visual stimulation, motor/tactile stimulation, and mental exercises among others.