About Neurological Reorganization
WHAT IS Neurological Reorganization?
Neurological Reorganizatio, is a movement based, drug-free approach to addressing the challenges of a disorganized or injured brain. Brains can become dysfunctional with a patchy or spotty distribution of challenges that often stand out against a pattern of largely normal neuro-developmental skills, or may present themselves against a background of good intelligence, while behavior can be extreme and unmanageable. Some children have pervasive neurodevelopmental challenges that impact all areas of their functioning, and in worst cases, children are globally delayed or brain injured. Or, their symptoms are on a more mild to moderate continuum from ADHD to anxiety disorders, dyslexia and poor motor coordination.
HOW DOES NEUROLOGICAL REORGANIZATION WORK?
Neurological Reorganization addresses these issues by evaluating skills at 7 developmental levels, and considers reflexes, movement, and sensory development. If there are gaps at any level, work is begun at the lowest level to build up the brain (with some variation on this if the child has been emotionally traumatized in utero) by replicating the activities that a neurologically typical child instinctively utilizes to integrate the brain.
HOW DOES A BRAIN BECOME DISORGANIZED OR INJURED?
How do those gaps in functioning get there? Specific brain damage, which can mean a baby dropped on its head, a stroke in utero, exposure to alcohol or drugs during pregnancy—all of these are obvious. Less obvious are toxins in our environment, such as mercury, arsenic, lead, etc., that are in the chemicals we use every day. A highly-stressed mother’s biochemistry will also flood the fetal brain with cortisol, which damages brain tissue. Premature separation of the placenta, a difficult birth, jaundice—all can cause compromises in the brain.
Separation from the biological mother (through adoption or merely mom going right back to work) can traumatize the neonate. High fevers and medications can damage the brain. Anesthetics are culprits, and recent research has shown that babies who have anesthetic prior to 2 years are more likely to have learning disabilities. Then there is the interference with infants’ activities. Children who do not have adequate opportunity to crawl or creep due to constant holding, or growing up in a car seat or variations of a “walker” can have specific impairments that lead to learning challenges.
WHERE TO BEGIN?
If you feel that this work might help your child or yourself we invite you to read in more depth the material posted in our “Articles” menu.
Thank you for all that you have done and so far for yourself and your child. We would love to become a part of your healing team on your journey towards recovery.