Why’s My Child Struggling?

As a parent it is so challenging to watch your child struggle socially, behaviorally and academically. Understanding the underlying problem is even more difficult causing confusion and frustration on your part. Whether your child has a diagnosis or not our goal is to help you understand the underlying issue, what is happening within your child’s brain, which is ultimately causing the challenges you see in your child. Understanding the problem is fundamental to finding the solution!

The brain has been fully mapped and scientists now know what skills and abilities each brain area is responsible for performing. All of the brain areas must communicate with each other efficiently for optimal brain functioning. When the brain is performing well each brain area is strong enough to do its own job and the brain as a system is communicating effectively all over. If any area is weak and not able to do its job or if communication is suffering among areas, then skills and abilities decline and your child begins to struggle.

Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS)

Scientists have proven that the brain has an optimal functioning pattern for any situation it is involved in throughout each day. The brain’s ability to use the appropriate pattern is called Neurological Regulation.

When the brain is not able to use the proper pattern, like using a sleepy, inattentive pattern instead of an alert, focused pattern during school as in ADHD, this is known as Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS).

Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome (NDS) explains the symptoms we see in a long list of childhood disorders such as ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, post-concussion syndrome and childhood anxiety. All of these conditions are a result of weak areas or poor communication within the brain. The symptoms will be different depending upon which areas and how much communication is affected. This means that the brain is not using its own energy properly. This can occur as a baby develops before birth or any time after, but generally will not correct itself and becomes noticeable as the child grows and begins to struggle.

The Brain Can Be Improved

Sometime ago it was believed that the brain was not able to grow or change after very early childhood. Extensive research in epigenetics has proven that the brain is the body’s strongest muscle and it can adapt and improve when pushed to do so. Through neuroplasticity the brain can create new, efficient neural pathways in response to environmental stimuli. Thus, weak brain areas and poor brain communication can be improved, alleviating children from the challenges that they suffer from socially, behaviorally and with learning without the need for medication.