Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders involve conditions such as ADD/ADHD, OCD, Tourette syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 children in the United States has a neurodevelopmental disorder. Traditionally, most of these neurodevelopmental disorders were thought to be genetic in origin; current research shows the opposite. Mainly they are due to epigenetics. Epigenetics refers to the modification of gene expression. Viruses, retroviruses, bacteria, environmental toxins and/or parasites can alter gene expression.
Additionally, with childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, the brain and its neural connections play a huge role. Children (and adults) in this category have certain “unevenness” in cognitive ability. Essentially one hemisphere of the brain is not working at an optimal level－referred to as a right and left brain disconnection syndrome.
- Analytical thought
- Holistic thought
There are multiple factors involved in any syndrome or disease, and childhood neurodevelopmental disorders are no different. Other contributing factors include diet and home environment. Aurora Integrative Health’s program for CND tests all these factors and implements a specific, individualized treatment plan.