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WHAT IS Neurological Reorganization?
Neurological Reorganization, which is frequently referred to as N.R., or Neuro-Reorg, 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.
More commonly, however, children can have a wide range of not-so-extreme, but still extremely challenging diagnoses, including most of the “alphabet” diagnoses: RAD, ODD, OCD, ADD, ADHD, FASD, CP, Tourette’s, Autism, Aspergers, etc. All of these diagnoses are on a continuum of a damaged or under-developed brain. This is the central problem. And, when you treat the central problem by treating the central organism—the brain itself—you can go a long way towards recovery.
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.
The tools that are naturally provided to integrate the infant brain are the most effective way to integrate a brain that is missing some of those functions, leading to the above diagnoses.
A typical infant goes through a series of reflexes or whole body patterns of movement that lead to mobility and expands their sensory world. The more they move and the greater the interaction with parents and the sensory world around them, the more whole they will be neurologically, emotionally, physically, academically, and socially.
But some children who were compromised at birth need more than traditionally children tend to do. By going back to repeat the developmental sequence, the brain is prompted to integrate the functions that, if left unintegrated, become rages, dyslexia, repetitive behaviors, bed-wetting, poor coordination, dyslexia, ADD . . . the list goes on.
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?
Neurological Reorganization will assess a child with all of this in mind and provide a program of activities that should take about an hour a day. It is not an easy journey, but it is one of the most comprehensive and effective approaches to these issues.
Traditionally our culture looks at challenging children and wants to do one of two things: 1.) Either change or modify the behavior—social behavior, academic behavior, physical behavior; or. 2.) medicate. We are stuck in these modalities.
Neurological Reorganization throws out the behavior and/or medication model and focuses on the problems underlying the neurological dysfunction.
If medication would consistently work without side effects, parents might consider the effort put into recovery as “too much.” Completing an N.R. program takes approximately 2 years for many children, and for those children with a lot of trauma, it can take up to 3 years in the recovery process. And it is daily work. But there are families who have worked for 2 years simply adjusting medications with no improvement, and sometimes some huge regressions in behaviors. So, as hard as it may be to take an alternate route, five years from now those who have worked to heal the source of the problem will be getting on with their lives, whereas those who have only addressed the symptoms through the behavior/medication model, will be dealing with, perhaps, teenagers whose behaviors have escalated.
Neurological Reorganization, properly done, can lead to tremendous healing in the vast majority of children—and adults too.
- Free 30-minute Neurodevelopmental Screenings, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- 3-Hour Full Neurodevelopmental Evaluation, complete with findings and a N.R. program personalized to the client’s needs.
- Free Follow-up Support by phone and email.
- Flexible Payment Schedules Available.