Neurological...Neurobiological...what?

Did you know that all of these conditions have neurological roots?

Autism and Spectrum Disorders

Aspergers

Pdd and pdd-nos

ADHD/ADD

Sleep disorders

Epilepsy

Sensory Integration/Processing Disorder

New research believes that they all stem from neurological differences in the brain!

The study of the brain is fascinating! If you have an out-of-the-box child you never quite know why they act the way they do. Researchers are finding that the answer may boil down to neurological(wiring) differences.

When our doctors began to explain how all of this stuff worked, it made so many things click!

Brain scans, which are relatively new, have been able to show neurobiological differences at work in children with Autism, Spectrum Disorders, ADD, ADHD, and Sensory Sensitivity issues.

These kids appeared to be wired in a slightly different way.

Neurological Pruning

One of the first differences that researchers have discovered is a process called pruning or axon pruning.. It helps to think of pruning a tree, except the brain prunes itself.

The theory then states that if improper pruning takes place, or no pruning takes place, you can end up with a host of neurobiological challenges including ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorders, and Autistic Disorders.

Brain Parts

Another theory regarding ADHD children and neurological differences deals with brain development.

Different parts of the brain are responsible for different actions and feelings. Children show symptoms consistent with the area of the brain that is temporarily underdeveloped.

For example, the role of the frontal lobes has become a huge area of interest and research. In the frontal lobes you have the management system for the brain. If your frontal lobes are under developed, you will have executive function issues.

And guess what? Researchers are finding that ADHD and executive function are closely intertwined. Some even go so far as to suggest that many of our ADHD children are actually lacking in executive skills, which can be systematically taught.

Neurobiological Challenges

Neurobiological simply means something that is related to the nervous system of the human body. Science is discovering that many conditions have a neurological basis, including ADHD, Autistic Spectrum disorders, sleep disorders, epilepsy, learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities.

A child who is neurobiologically challenged simply means that they are dealing with challenges associated with the wiring of their brain!

Many children display wiring issues, not a diagnosable problem.

It’s important not to get wrapped up in which difference is affected your child, but to be aware that they exist.

This can be comforting to parents because so many times we look at these quirks as behavioral problems, when in fact it may be a brain problem manifesting itself in behavior.

If you feel that any of this rings true, dive in and do some more extensive research and then have a chat with your doctor. A neuropsychologist may be able to shed some light on your situation.

You never know where your path will lead you!