If you receive negative emails from your child’s school or homework is becoming more and more of a struggle, a Brain-Body Disconnect could be why. No, they are not lazy. They are not unintelligent, and it is not bad parenting.
Most forms of healthcare will follow a top-down approach, managing symptoms, instead of searching for the root cause. With my pediatric patients that are struggling in school, whether that is with concentration, focus, reading comprehension, sitting still, behavioral issues, etc., I look for any Brain-Body Disconnects that might exist.
If your satellite dish is getting unclear data, it will produce a fuzzy screen on your TV. The fuzzy screen isn’t actually the problem. It is the secondary condition to a much bigger primary condition, the satellite getting unclear data. The same is true with the human body. The lack of concentration, focus, reading comprehension, sitting still, etc. is a secondary condition to a bigger primary condition: a Brain-Body Disconnect.
The part of the brain called the cerebellum is often called “the brain within the brain” and filters information between the brain and the body. It determines whether your child will be able to read easily, write, behave, play sports in a coordinated fashion, develop social skills, and focus. If it is underdeveloped, your child has not unlocked their full potential in school.
These are the diagnostic indicators we look for to see if the cerebellum is underdeveloped and if your child is experiencing a Brain-Body Disconnect.
- Retained primitive reflexes: These are reflexes we are born with but they should go away by about 6 months of age. If they stick around, it is a direct indicator the brain stem has not fully developed which can cause many issues in school later on.
- Poor balance, coordination, and core strength: This is a direct window into the role of the cerebellum as well as the vestibular (balance) system, which feeds into the cerebellum.
- Poor Eye-Tracking: We use a state-of-the-art tablet to quantify how your eyes are moving. For example, you will read off of this special tablet and it has sensors that show exactly where your eyes tracked when you read that page. Are your eyes actually moving across the line in a smooth fashion or are they jumping back and forth, up and down?
If you’re interested in learning more, call my office at 402.504.4676 for a complimentary phone consult. If you decide to move forward with a Complete Brain & Body Connection Examination, you will receive $100 off when you mention you saw us in Edge Magazine!