Got Autism Tall GraphicIs your child showing signs of autistic behaviors? Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by a child that has impaired communication and social skills. But, being Autistic is so much more than that to families living an Autistic child or sibling. These wonderful children really are so bright and creative. Their struggles are real. Their little light seems to have dimmed during their toddler years and the information in their mind seemed to get trapped. Don’t despair. That bright child you saw at age one is still in there. With neuroplasticity, specialists have proven that we can rebuild lost connections in their brain. There are interventions now.

What happened?

Nobody knows for sure. Environmental differences, parenting, genetics and nutrition are so variable between children in different families, that it makes it almost impossible to pinpoint a cause or number of risk factors. Specialists have found some things that are consistent across the autism spectrum disorder. Certain neurological deficiencies that may not be the cause, but when stimulated in an early intervention way, produce fantastic results. We have linked to them below.

Specialists have also found that children that are very bright can actually have one half of their brain that matures rapidly and leaves the other half a little behind. This is often the case with Autistic children. Their left side matures fast. When the right side cannot keep up, the connection between the two halves weaken and disconnect. This is called Functional Disconnection Syndrome. This is why they start out super bright, then start to lose the connections.

Symptoms appear between 1-2 years of age. The child starts to show signs of sensory processing issures. They start to lose some to the tricks they learned in their first year of life. Communication and social problems start to take root. They begin having outbursts that are no characteristic of the usual ‘terrible twos’. They avoid eye contact and start to withdraw. It is time to stimulate neurological growth, catch up the right hemisphere and develop new connections between the two sides.Click here for more signs of Autism.

Unlock Brilliance MethodOur Unlock Brilliance has at home tests and exercises that help you to pin point the weaker functions and stimulate them to grow new neurological connections.

In addition to the Unlock Brilliance Exercises, we highly recommend a book by Dr. Robert Melillo titled Autism. Dr. Melillo is the co-founder of the Brain Balance Centers. He has put out a few fantastic books. We also recommend his books Disconnected Kids and The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan. These books are a must-read for families with Autistic children. His methods are so successful that he now has over 85 Brain Balance Centers in North America. He is improving the lives of many Autistic Children. And, he puts his methods right in the book for you to do at home.

The above exercises can help with developmental disabilities or weaknesses regardless of the diagnosis. We do recommend seeing a specialist for a proper diagnosis, so you know how to talk to teachers and address issues. Knowledge is power.

Signs of Autism

Autistic children often develop normally until between ages one and two, when they start to lose some of the skills they had gained. Or, you may notice Autism in your child at a relatively young age. Babies with Autism will often show signs by as early as three months. They won’t respond to loud noises, won’t grasp or hold onto objects, won’t babble, etc. As they progress in infancy they will show no affection for you, won’t laugh, won’t turn their head to locate where a sound has come from, etc. They will also be slow to crawl and speak more than a few words. As they continue to grow, so does the gap between what they should be able to do and what they can do. See below for common Symptoms for children with Autism. Click here to read more about Autism.

Autism Symptoms

  • Poor eye contact
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Has trouble talking about feelings
  • Speech delay
  • Struggles to develop non-verbal communication
  • Difficulty developing friendships with children of same age
  • Struggles to understand another person’s feelings
  • Self harm
  • Lack of empathy
  • Preoccupation with certain topics
  • Will have a need for routine
  • Takes language literally, struggles to understand humor, irony, sarcasm, etc
  • Doesn’t seem to hear when others talk to them
  • May flap hands or rock body back and forth repetitively
  • May use language incorrectly (incorrect grammar or words)
  • Prefers not to be touched or held
  • Struggles to understand simple statements, questions, or directions

Autism symptoms vary from person to person, and can vary in severity. No two children are the same, so your child may display different symptoms than the ones listed above. Despite your child’s diagnosis, these interventions can be helpful. If you think your child has Autism you should consult a professional.

Autism is a lifelong condition, but symptoms can greatly improve through intervention and therapies. These are beneficial to increase skills and are good to begin as soon as possible.

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Retained Spinal Galant Reflex

Spinal Galant Reflex ExercisesThe Spinal Galant Reflex develops in the whom at about 20 weeks gestation. It helps the baby develop the Vestibular System. In Infancy, the Spinal Galant Reflex, along with the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR), are necessary to help the unborn infant descend down the birth canal. It also helps the baby urinate after birth. You will see the reflex in an infant if you gently stroke down one side of the lower part of the spine. The baby’s arms and legs will sway toward the direction of the stroke almost like being ticklish. If both sides of the spine are stroked at the same time it induces urination. This is normal. However, the Spinal Galant Reflex should be gone by 3-9 months as higher muscle control develops. This is called ‘integrating’. If not properly integrated, it can cause many subtle issues such as some of the following:

Retained Spinal Galant Reflex Symptoms:

  • Fidgety, Hyper Activity, especially if clothes or chair brush their back.
  • If active down only one side, can cause scoliosis, rotated pelvis and lower back pain.
  • Poor concentration
  • Attention problems
  • Bedwetting long after potty training
  • Short term memory issues
  • Fidgeting and wiggly “ants in the pants”
  • Posture problems
  • Hip rotation on one side/possibly scoliosis
  • Low endurance
  • Chronic digestion problems
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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Retained Moro Reflex or Startle Reflex

Moro Reflex ExerciseThe Moro Reflex develops about the thirteens week of gestation. It develops to help protect the baby from danger sensed through the sensory system and take the first breath of life. When a newborn is startled or receives sensory input like a jarring, sudden light or sound, the arms will flail out, then baby quickly takes a deep breath, then curls up crossing both the arms and legs.

This is an involuntary reflex that is part of normal development and should disappear between 2-4 months of age. Because this reflex is triggered by the sensory systems, it can cause an array of problems if it remains longer.

Pediatricians will check this reflex at the baby’s 6 week appointment to make sure it is present. They seldom check in later appointments to make sure it was integrated and gone. It is not part of the pediatric list of assessments done at later appointments.

Because of the changing environment, procedures, and lack of tummy time, more children are not integrating this reflex.

Retained Moro Reflex Symptoms

  • Easily Distracted
  • Hypersensitive to sensory stimuli like light and sound and touch.
  • Over sensitivity to motion causing car sickness
  • Or under sensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Overreacts
  • Impulsive and aggressive
  • Emotional immaturity
  • Withdrawn or timid and shy
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Asperger’s
  • Sensory Disorders
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Depression
  • Health Problems
  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Anger or Emotional Outbursts
  • Poor Balance and Coordination
  • Poor Digestion and Food Sensitivities
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

The Moro Reflex or “Startle Reflex” is the earliest development of the “fight or flight” instinct. When frightened or threatened, it triggers “reaction” or “retraction” from the threat. Because in infancy, it is triggered by the sensory system, it will cause sensory processing problems if not integrated. Because it triggers the Adrenals to “fight or flight” mode. It causes hyper activity and attention problems. Once the adrenals quickly tire of the over stimulation, the child usually develops chronic allergies, asthma, auto immune and other health problems connected with fatigued adrenals. Furthermore, when the body is in ‘fight or flight’ mode, the brain is in an instinctual state and cannot store or recall information as well. This contributes to learning disabilities.

The reflex can be easily integrated with about 6 weeks of simple exercises. Many of the symptoms will disappear or improve as the brain and body start to function better.

Moro Reflex Test

Have the child sit on a low chair or lay on their back. Ask them to open their arms and legs out like a starfish. Now ask them to bring them in crossing them as they curl up. You may need to demonstrate it for them or let them see the pictures below. Generally they will cross with the opposite arm from leg on top. This is normal, at first, and the way they did it when startled as an infant.

Retained Moro Reflex test

Now ask them to spread arms and legs out again and cross/curl up, again but with the same arm as leg on top. Right Leg and Right arm on top. If they are too young to know right from left, put a sticker on the back of their right hand and on their right foreleg. Ask them to cross up with stickers on top.

Retained Moro Reflex Test

Now do the same with the left side.

Moro Reflex Exercise

If they struggle doing this then the reflex is still present and needs to be integrated with “Starfish Exercises”.

Moro Reflex Exercises