We’re all different and most of us are taught that it’s OK to be different, after all it’s our differences that make us unique. Faulty neurological wiring doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with us, or that we need to be fixed, it simply means, we’re wired differently. My aim is to remove some of the difficulties associated with neurodiversity, in particular the sensory distortions that are commonplace for those on the spectrum, not to change people at their core. We are who we are, we all have a special set of talents and an individual personality and that is something to celebrate not take away.
If you’ve ever tried to learn about the brain you’ll know that it’s complicated and filled with a lot of clinical jargon (often in Latin), I’m convinced it’s like this to deter us from attempting to learn, but if you’re ever going to understand your inner workings and what drives our behaviours, surely it's best to start with the operating system that is our brain. We understand that terms like neurotypical and neurodiverse can sound like alien concepts if you’ve had no need to learn about them or no experience with neurodiversity. By the end of this short blog I hope to have explained the process behind the work that we do in a simple and easy to digest way.
What is the difference between neurotypical and neurodiverse?
Every single neurotypical brain develops the same across the world, when there is a break in early development, deviations occur and neurodiversity is born. Neurodiversity is an umbrella term used in replacement for labels given to those with attention deficits and people who are on the autistic spectrum. It’s a term used for people who don’t fit into the boxes that society considers as “normal”. If you’ve felt like an outsider all of your life and you just can’t quite work out why, it may be a simple wiring difference.
How does neurodiversity happen?
Neurodiversity happens when there’s a break in early brain development, this break can be caused by the simplest of things such as a long labour, which is classed as 18+ hours, a short labour, under 3 hours, premature and late arrivals, high stress pregnancy, caesarean section, assisted deliveries such as suction cap (ventouse) or forceps, and simpler still, maybe mum had a bit of a fever when she gave birth. If little one goes straight to walking, or bum shuffles rather than crawling this can also be enough to cause a break in development and cause sensory difficulties as baby grows. As you can see it really doesn’t take much to cause a slight deviation, but the effects can be profound and not necessarily in a good way.
So, for any parents reading this who’ve blamed themselves or simply questioned whether there was something you could have done differently…. It’s not your fault, you have nothing to feel guilty about, and your child has the potential to be as influential as Albert Einstein, Tim Burton, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, Bill Gates, Daryl Hannah, Steve Jobs, Michelangelo, Mozart, Nikola Tesla, Barbara McClintock or Temple Grandin, all of whom are/were neurodiverse, and all of whom have/had amazing minds. The world would be so much worse off without their input.
What are reflexes and why are they relevant to neurodiversity?
Before we are born our brain develops a set of primitive reflexes, these reflexes help to establish movement, co-ordination and child development, after a certain amount of time these reflexes integrate themselves fully and there is no longer any trace of them, their work is done. Sometimes though, these reflexes stick around and cause sensory and learning difficulties. For example, the earliest reflex that develops is called the Moro reflex, this is our early fight, flight or freeze response, it integrates / disappears at around 4 months of age and turns into the adult startle reflex. When someone is made to jump their heart will pound, but once they’ve established the cause of what made them jump their heart rate goes back to normal and everything is OK again, if that person has a retained Moro reflex their heart may continue to pound, and their brain continues to flood the body with adrenaline and cortisol, they may be the person who is considered oversensitive, they are labelled as the melodramatic drama queens or kings who break down and seemingly overreact, they are the people who can’t take a joke and have “over the top” reactions.
How can I help you?
As children develop so quickly, there is no natural in-built way to re-visit the stages of early development, so we manually revisit these stages which helps the brain to create new neural connections. I work mainly with the brain stem and the corpus callosum to strengthen the communication between both sides (hemispheres) of the brain, the corpus callosum is a media cable that connects the 2 sides together and the work we do makes that cable stronger, much like when a main carriageway undergoes improvements and goes from 2 lanes to 3, making the traffic flow easier and more abundant, this is the same within the brain, the only difference is that we use simple but powerful movements to create new connections.
Who do I help?
I help adults and children over the age of 5. The Brainbuzzz reflex integration programme helps with ASD/ASC, ADD, ADHD, OCD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Aspergers, late bedwetting, Irlen Syndrome (light sensitivity), mutism, spinal injuries, Alzheimer’s and general improvements to balance, memory and general brain function.
Bright lights and noises can be painful for those on the spectrum, I am able to reduce and sometimes eliminate this type of sensory distortion, imagine how loud life can be if you can hear the electric buzzing though the cables.
If you would like to know more about the process we use, you can find all of the details here, including full cost and how to to book a consultation.