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Neurodevelopmental Disorders:
Let’s break it down

  1. Neuro = the nervous system (brain, brainstem, spinal cord, spinal nerves)

  2. Development = the process of growth and maturation

In Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder, the nervous system is greatly affected.  The neurological challenges associated with this can greatly contribute to many of the issues that we see in children with autism, such as attention issues, sleep challenges, hyperactivity, behavior problems, social issues, sensory processing issues, and more.  Because the nervous system is so intimately linked with the digestive system and immune systems, (the other two systems most commonly affected in autism), it can also contribute to things like bowel and bladder problems, autoimmune challenges, and more.

The job of the nervous system is to perceive its environment, and to coordinate the actions of every cell to respond and adapt.
At its root, everyone who suffers from a neurodevelopmental challenge like SPD, OCD, ADHD, and ASD all have one thing in common, which is that they lack the ability to properly perceive, process, integrate, coordinate, and adapt to both their internal (bodily) and external environment.
Remember, the job of the nervous system is to adapt or act in response (produce behavior), so if their perception and coordination are not ideal, their behavioral response will inevitably be altered.

How can we help?

The interface between behaviors and physiology is a well-adjusted, organized, and adaptable central nervous system.

The brain has a typical trajectory of development, and various stresses can alter adaptation and growth in brain and nervous system.  Sensory input is vital to a baby/child’s proper brain development. Subluxation alters movement patterns, sensory input and sensorimotor integration, affecting neurogenesis (brain growth and development).