Autism Spectrum Disorders
The children who are currently on the Learning Breakthrough programme who are on the Autistic Spectrum would have had difficulty speaking in sentences, had a need to bang themselves off walls, sofa’s etc to get that feeling of deep impact, They would have had various ticks, no flexibility with routine and would have sat in a trance instead of getting ready for school.
All of these symptoms and many more such as holding eye contact, making and keeping friends, taking part in sports have become. as one mum put it ‘diluted’ and in many instances have disappeared altogether.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) are neurological conditions which make it difficult for individuals to interact socially making them very isolated and frustrated in the world around them. Individuals may display many symptoms associated with ADHD and may also have reading, writing and spelling difficulties.
Please see the attached link from BBC News. ‘Autism begins long before birth’. Dr Belgau understood this and built a programme that effectively re-wires the brain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26750786
Common symptoms would include:
- Difficulty making friends and keeping friends
- Difficulty recognising and understanding facial expressions and body language
- Difficulty understanding social boundaries
- Difficulty getting to sleep at night
- Repetitive behaviour/speech or dependent on routine
- Shows aggressive behaviour
- Seems not to listen when spoken to directly
- High sensitivity to touch or sound
With Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the brain seems unable to balance the senses appropriately.
Research has shown that when tested, some areas of ability may be normal or functioning to a high level while others may be especially weak. This is where the Learning Breakthrough programme can help. (Please refer to the Science page for further information).
One point that most professionals agree on is that early intervention is important; another is that most individuals with an ASD respond well to highly structured, specialised programmes.
Learning Breakthrough’s balance and sensory development activities have a positive impact on those who suffer from Autism, Aspergers and related learning difficulties.