There’s been quite a bit in the news lately about the overdiagnosis of children with ADHD. I agree that a lot of kids who seem to manifest ‘worrisome’ behaviour are labelled where they shouldn’t be. I also know that a lot of this ‘worrisome behaviour’ can be alleviated through some of the simpler methods I discuss in my book – dietary changes, supplements, allergy work and even osteopathy can improve behaviour.
But for those kids who do have ‘special needs’ related to the brain, knowing what the real problem is can open the door to healing.
When I first heard the term ‘brain-injury’, I immediately thought of car accidents or a blow to the head. It did not occur to me that a child could be born with a brain injury. It sounded more like a condition which followed an impact.
I now understand what brain injury is, and how massive the range of severity can be. When I did my training for our son – with The Institutes, I was told that I have a brain injury! Shock horror, what’s wrong with me? Well, it seems that my eyes are not straight – one of them was described as ‘lazy’ when I was a kid and I actually had an operation to ‘correct’ the fact that one of my eyes would wander off behind the furniture when playing hide and seek with my Mum! It was never completely fixed it seems, and is now still obvious to those who know what to look for.
More and more parents are telling me that after reading my book and The Institutes books, they understand their child’s condition better than before. Not only that, they actually feel like they have a plan of attack for helping their child to improve. These are not just parents of children with Down syndrome, some of their kids have diagnoses I had never heard before, but they all result in some form of developmental delay.
Every week I speak with other parents who are experiencing improvements in their kids – help is out there, and its exciting to watch!
‘What To Do About Your Brain Injured Child’ is an extraordinary and empowering book. The research which went into it explains everything about the human brain and behaviour, from why babies in Alaska develop differently to those born in the Amazon, and how the environment from birth can affect brain function. Strategies are discussed for how to repair brain injury, and some methods can be introduced at home just from reading the book. It is an adventure into homo-sapiens, and I could not recommend it enough.
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