ADD / ADHD
‘I know my child is smart if only they would sit and listen.’ There is a hierarchy in your brain that develops in a step-by-step sequence from your base reptilian brain (movement and survival orientated) to your limbic brain (emotional regulation and interaction with the world) to your cortex and frontal lobes (learning). You need your brain to be able to access the frontal lobes to learn at school – all this wiggling in their chair, poor posture, fighting and constant chatter is a clear indication that your child’s brain is struggling.
This persistent pattern of inattention often labelled Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), global development delay (GDD) and ‘almost autistic‘ by parents and schools is not what the label suggests. Carla Hannaford, author of ‘Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head,’ has a more adept label.
SOSOH – Stressed Out, Survival Orientated Humans.
Referring to non integrated, lopsided brain functioning, a tendency to operate reflexively and/or reactively from survival centres in the brain stem and the sympathy nervous system. Stress necessitates an overemphasis on the lower brain (survival) at the expense of the limbic (emotional centres) and cortical functioning (learning) so these children have less opportunity to develop nerve nets in their frontal lobes and may exhibit learning difficulties as a result.
Characteristics of underdeveloped brain functioning:
- Lack of fine motor coordination
- Constant, erratic, non-graceful, adrenalin – initiated movement
- Constant external chatter
- Disruptive behaviour
- Learning difficulties
- Due to their brain not being developed to have the conditions necessary for emotional wiring they also exhibit a lack of deep feelings such as empathy, compassion and love for other and their needs and feelings
How can Therapy Help?
Our entire brain structure is intimately connected to and grown by the movement mechanisms within our body.
Key Learning for Children with ADD or ADHD
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1/328 Scottsdale Drive
Robina, QLD 4226
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