What's the True Nature of AD/HD? Of Autism?
Most therapies treat AD/HD and autism as a behavioral problem when, in fact, it's a physical, neurological condition - a dysfunction of the frontal lobe of the brain, thalamus, and cerebellum system. Dysfunction, however, doesn't mean damage or disease, just that some areas of the brain may not be as active as they should be for any number of reasons. Behavior problems are a result of the disorder, not a cause of it.
How Much is Really Known About the Disorder?
The brain is made up of two hemispheres, as well as different functional areas, which all operate individually and as a whole. Every unique human function is controlled by the brain, fro speech and find motor skills to heart rhythm and emotional responses. We believe that in a child with AD/HD, autism or a related disorder, the frontal lobe of the brain lacks proper balance of stimulation and, therefor, function at a lower level than it should. This profoundly affect such functions as cognition, mental focus, concentration, communication, and body movement. And when one area functions below its potential, the entire brain is adversely affected. It's not unlike a marching band. If the trumpet section is out of sync, the performance of the entire band is affected.
Just How Much Can I Expect From My Child?
Hope is a fragile emotion when you have a child with a learning or behavior disability such as AD/HD or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Symptoms of these childhood disorders can range from impulsiveness and lack of attention to hyperactivity and emotional outbursts. Often causing low self-esteem, learning difficulties, behavioral problems, severe social and communication deficits, and lack of peer acceptance. If you have a child with one of these types of learning disorders, you know how disruptive the disorder can be, not only for your child, but for family members, friends, neighbors, and teachers as well.