Traumatic Brain Injury

The brain is well protected inside the bony encasement of the skull, cushioned by a surrounding layer of spinal fluid. But sufficient force can cause damage to delicate brain tissue, and even minor injury can result in impairment of cognitive function and disturbance or mood and behavior.  The most common causes of traumatic brain injury Continue Reading

How Attention Works (and Why it Often Doesn’t)

There are two sources of input to the brain – from the external environment (the world) and the internal environment (the body). The brain’s job is to integrate this information so that the needs of the body can be matched with the opportunities in the environment. The brain directs our attention to which particular event, Continue Reading

Autism & Pitocin: Evidence of a Link

Autism, a devasting neurodevelopment disorder of unknown cause, has increased alarmingly in recent decades. A core feature of autism is impairment of social bonding – the ability to connect emotionally with other people. This is a basic drive that supports our survival. Its development is hardwired in the brain from birth, and is controlled by oxytocin. Administration of pitocin in labor may interfere with the function of oxytocin – and the ability to connect to other people – later in life. Continue Reading

The Myth of ADHD

Problems with attention and impulse control listed are very common, but not because everyone with these problems has a particular neurodevelopmental disorder – ADHD – for which they need a stimulant drug. These problems are a common symptom of many conditions, including depression, anxiety, inflammation, stress, just like a fever is a symptom of many kinds of illness. Continue Reading

Sensory Integration Issues

Sensory issues, sometimes referred to as Sensory Integration or Sensory Processing Disorder, tend to occur along with other issues. Problems with the Sensory system most often involve either being too sensitive (hypersensitive) or not sensitive enough (hyposensitivity) to specific sensory experience, in any of the senses (see Brain Basics). Children who are hypersensitive may be Continue Reading

Learning Problems

There are many different types of learning problems. In fact, there are as many different types of learning problems as there are types of learners, multiplied by the number of  types of learning.  Okay, it’s impossible to calculate, but you get the idea. Lots and lots.  The idea that someone has a condition, a “learning Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative disease that begins late in life and causes increasingly widespread destruction of brain cells. People in the early stages may be aware of and concerned about changes in their ability to think and remember, although as the disease progresses they will become less aware of and concerned about their Continue Reading

Special Education ABCs

The educational program in public school is designed to be effective for most children. Some children, however, are not able to learn in the regular program and require a special instructional program or “special education services.” You as a parent or guardian have a right to refer your child to the district’s “special education committee” Continue Reading