Asperger’s Syndrome is classified under the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, as well as, restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interest. They may also have speech marked by a lack of rhythm, an odd inflection, or a monotone pitch.
Individuals suffering from this syndrome have been termed “high-functioning” due to relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development, a key distinguishing factor in comparison to other autism spectrum disorders.
Though, just because they’ve been deemed “high-functioning” doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t benefit from Functional Neurology. As you may know, the nervous system works to monitor the internal and external environment. It draws meaning from multiple sensations and then formulates an appropriate response. When this is not occurring appropriately, we see the ‘symptoms’ of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Following the examination, an individualized patient plan will be devised to address and improve the function of the deficient areas. By retraining and rewiring the nervous system, the individual can experience improved communication and attention skills as well as work on obsessive or repetitive routines and physical clumsiness.
Improvement starts with an open mind to a state-of-the-art, holistic approach!
We challenge you to create space for creativity in your life because as a child, this is what enabled your brain to evolve.
Given the impact on brain development that early experiences have, it is not surprising that several studies have uncovered significant long-term impacts of creative environments. They highlight how creative activities that encourage positive relationships can support the rapid blooming of synapses, leading to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health.
Research shows how some musical approaches can activate the same areas of the brain that are also activated during mathematical processing. It appears that early musical training begins to build the same neural networks that are later used for numerical tasks. In fact, a large body of evidence suggests that music-making in early childhood can develop the perception of different phonemes and the auditory cortex and hence aid the development of language learning as well as musical behavior.
Similarly, drama and role-play can stimulate the same synapses that focus on spoken language; painting can stimulate the visual processing system that recalls a memory or creates fantasy; movement, drawing and clay modeling link to the development of gross and fine motor skills. However, we need to bear in mind that the connections between different experiences and different parts of the brain are incredibly complex, far beyond the evidence we have collated here. What we do know about brain development is minute compared to what we don’t yet know.
The moral of the story is that finding a creative outlet will only serve you well when it comes to the development of your brain.
 Zero to Three: Brain Development Sousa, D (2006), How the arts develop the brain, School Superintendents Association.
 Lonie, D. (2010), Early Years Evidence Review: Assessing the outcomes of early years music making, London: Youth Music, p. 13.
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