Autism and Low Muscle Tone
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Autism and Low Muscle Tone

Change Your Body, Change Your Brain
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Created by Stacie Berg
Last updated 2/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • understand the relationship of low muscle tone with symptoms of autism.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course, but a familiarity with autism is suggested.

Content and Overview

This course has over 19 lectures and more than 2 hours of content, including interviews with sought-after professionals in the field, that anyone who loves someone with autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS should know. About 30 percent of children wit autism have low muscle tone.

How do you know if your child may have low muscle tone? Ask yourself these questions:

    ·Has your child missed milestones?

    ·Was your child a floppy baby?

    ·Is your child a picky eater?

    ·Does your child appear to not feel pain?

    ·Is your child overly sensitive to light touch but under sensitive to deep touch?

    ·Does your child see the details but miss the big picture?

    ·Does your child have poor posture?

    ·Can you child ride a two-wheeled bike?

    ·Is your child clumsy?

    ·Is your child awkward?

    ·Does your child avoid eye contact?

    ·Does your child have poor handwriting?

    ·Does your child bump into objects?

    ·Is your child a toe-walker?

    ·Does your child move around a lot?

    ·Does your child get fixated on one thing?

    ·Does your child have gastrointestinal problems?

    ·Does your child have an altered immune system?

    ·Do your child’s behaviors include hand flapping or spinning?

    ·Does your child look out of the sides of his or her eyes?

    ·Does your child overreact or under react to stimuli?

    ·Does your child look down or away when someone’s talking?

    ·Does your child avoid sports like baseball, where there’s a fast-moving ball coming at him or her?

Imagine if these behaviors are simply coping mechanisms due to an underdeveloped neurological system, specifically low muscle tone, and that you can help it develop.

Autism, among other conditions, affects muscle tone (including that of the eyes and the vestibular system, which I’ll cover in another course) in many individuals. In fact, in many cases it may the foundation of autism symptoms.

Your child may be overloaded with sensory information (the lights are too bright, the sounds are too loud) or underloaded and seek stimulation to function as well as he or she can. Every day is a struggle to understand the world.

Autism is in large part a developmental problem, which means that certain neurologically-connections haven’t fully development. The brain – and its neurological connection to muscles – are part of autism and developmental delays.

Low muscle tone can interfere with motor and sensory development, which in turn affects the child’s view of the world and his or her place in it. It affects perceptions and the ability to feel physical pain and to empathize with others, among many other things.

Piecing the autism puzzle together

In this course, I will present information through lectures, PDFs, and video interviews with experts. You will have the opportunity to:

    ·Learn how motor activity helps the brain to develop

    ·Learn the most common reason why children with autism miss one or more milestones

    ·Learn about primitive reflexes and what role do they play in autism

    ·Learn about muscle tone, balance, and motor coordination

    ·Learn about the connection between low muscle tone and emotions

    ·Learn how the brain controls the digestive system

    ·Learn how the brain controls the immune system

    ·Learn about functional disconnection

    ·Learn about asymmetry of sides in muscle tone and how that imbalance leads to imbalanced feedback to the brain

    ·Learn how about the connection of vision to autism

    ·Learn how it can be treated

This therapy is not a quick fix. And it may not apply to your child. But it might, and it might change the course of his or her life.

You may be able to unleash your child’s potential. In this course, I hope to help you stop the senseless struggles and the needless suffering and watch your child blossom.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for parents with children on the autism spectrum, adults with an ASD, and anyone interested in autism.
  • This course is not for individuals to use for diagnosing autism.
  • This course may be of interest to professionals who treat individuals with autism.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:31

Welcome! Here's a brief summary of the course and instructor.

Preview 01:31
The Autistic Brain
1 Lecture 00:00

The brain in infants and toddlers with autism grows at a different rate than that of neurotypical children. This lesson give a glimpse at the underlying problems so as to build an understanding of how new brain connections may help change the neurology of your child.

The Autistic Brain
1 page
Low Muscle Tone (Hypotonia)
2 Lectures 01:40

Low muscle tone appears to be the foundation of so many of the symptoms of autism. This brief explanation explains that the brain controls muscle tone.

Preview 01:10

You'll get a brief description on what goes on in the brain on a neuronal level, just enough to help you understand the bigger picture.

Preview 00:30
What is autism from the perspective of low muscle tone?
15 Lectures 01:16:14

This interview builds on our understanding of muscle tone, defined here as muscle tension. You'll hear a fascinating explanation that later enlightens us on the physical basis of the theory of mind so often talked about in autism and gives us a sense of why individuals with autism have difficulty empathizing with others. It also gives us an intriguing glimpse into why the world of a child with autism is so confusing.

Preview 06:32

In this interview, you'll hear how low muscle tone affects how child with autism feels in his body and how the lack of connection leads to other autism symptoms. You'll hear about a cascade of events that impact the connections of emotions.

Preview 08:20

You'll hear more details on how connecting with the body through muscle contractions is fundamental to connecting to emotions in this interview.

Connections to emotions

In this interview, you'll hear a fascinating take on how low muscle tone relates to brain activity and how that relates to the need of children with autism to have more or less sensory input that neurotypicals. You'll also hear how higher muscle tone equates with higher information processing speeds.

Muscle tone -- A refection of brain activity?

Primitive reflexes are survival response, such as sucking to breast feed and eye blinks. While it's necessary to keep certain ones, others are supposed to give way to postural reflexes, which help us move around the world. That doesn't always happen in children wit h autism. This is a primer of primitive reflexes.

What are primitive reflexes?
1 page

We have to move to stimulate our senses to give feedback to the brain to grow. Children on the autism spectrum haven't developed sophisticated movement, because they haven't gotten rid of their primitive reflexes, which, in turn, keeps their muscle tone low. This interview digs deeper into primitive reflexes and autism.

Primitive reflexes in autism

Many primitive reflexes normally give way to postural reflexes in the first year to allow us to stand and walk. Here is a brief primer on postural reflexes.

What are postural reflexes?
1 page

"Simple movements, simple brain." Complex movements, complex brain. In this interview, you'll learn more about postural reflexes and how some of them give way to deliberate movements. You'll also hear about how many adults with primitive reflexes manage, with effort, develop sophisticated movements.

Postural reflexes and their relationship to autism

In this interview, you'll hear ow the senses are stimulated by sophisticated movement as well as why individuals with autism are picky eaters and how stimulating their sense of smell may help expand their menu and improve their socialization.

How are hearing, smell, picky eating, and more related to low muscle tone?

The brain controls the immune system and the gastrointestinal system to a large degree. In this interview, we learn more about the connection. The expert explains, in this interview, why kids with autism have food sensitivities and allergies. He also explains why digestion proteins and other chemicals are low in kids with autism and why they have various GI problems. He says the solution is all about balancing the brain.

Connecting low muscle tone to an impaired immune system?

In this interview, we learn the treatment (as it related to low muscle tone) for autism is to increase muscle tone, increase brain activity, and balance out brain activity.

Treating autism with exercise

The growth of the brain is based on growing connections in the brain. The brain continues to grow and adapt, so we can shape our brains. However, if you perceive things in a balanced way, it develops in an unbalanced way.

Defining the term "brain"

Vision plays a key role in autism symptoms. Many children with autism have vision problems that cause them difficulties in seeing three dimensions, among other vision problems.

Vision problems and low muscle tone

More on vision problems and autism
1 page

Posture and balance play a key role in vision as detailed in this interview with an occupational therapist who talks about their roles in autism and how she treat patients on the autism spectrum.

Vision and postural low muscle tone
4 pages
About the Instructor
Stacie Berg
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Award-winning Journalist

I'm an award-winning journalist and Huffington Post blogger. My work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Scientist, Consumer Reports, Consumers Digest, and others. I have a special interest in disorders that affect the brain and have done extensive research on autism. I write about medical conditions, such as autism, that have a long history of being mischaracterized and not well understood by mainstream medicine. I believe that stigma will end when autism and other so-called mental health conditions are understood from a biological, not psychological, basis and when they are viewed as whole body conditions. I have written about this in my Huffington Post and personal blogs. As a journalist, it's my job to uncover and explore new or relatively unknown things and let the readers come to their own conclusions. The topics on the courses I present here are intriguing and hopefully will provide a useful avenue for treatment for parents of children with autism and low muscle tone and those on the autism spectrum who have vision problems.