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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.
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|Section 1: INTRODUCTION|
Welcome! Here's a brief summary of the course and instructor.
|Section 2: The Autistic Brain|
|Lecture 2||1 page|
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.
|Section 3: Low Muscle Tone (Hypotonia)|
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.
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.
|Section 4: What is autism from the perspective of low muscle tone?|
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.
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.
You'll hear more details on how connecting with the body through muscle contractions is fundamental to connecting to emotions in this interview.
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.
|Lecture 9||1 page|
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.
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.
|Lecture 11||1 page|
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More on vision problems and autism
|Lecture 19||4 pages|
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.
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.