Learning disorders can be a frustrating challenge for your child and your entire family. The traditional approach to learning disorders has been to label your child as “disabled” or “defective.” Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy are good examples. It creates labels and lowered expectations of lifetime achievement.
Another approach is to consider learning disorders as a purely chemical problem and treat it with powerful drugs like Ritalin® that can have serious side effects such as stunted growth and heart rhythm disturbances. ADHD is a good example. It makes a child believe that they have no power or ability to manage their own thoughts and makes them dependent for life on pharmaceuticals.
At Full Spectrum Health, the approach is to understand what your child’s natural learning style is, his or her emotional, psychological, hormonal and neurotransmitter impediments to achieving their highest level of success.
Using the endobiogenic method, a careful history, exam and the biology of functions lab-testing system, Dr. Hedayat evaluates and make recommendations about how your child learns best in four key areas:
- Kinetics: Still vs. In motion
- Environment: Quiet vs. Engaging
- Teaching method: Experiential (doing) vs. Didactic (reading)
- Learning: Induction (building up to a big picture) vs. Deduction (braking down to basic facts)
Read an excerpt of a real evaluation.
The treatment approach is quite simple and is designed around your family dynamics. There are four levels of treatment:
- Physical: hormones and neurotransmitters will be balanced using natural, gentle remedies for children such as gemmotherapy (embryonic plant tissue extracts), homeopathy and aromatherapy. This holistic approach reduces the need to use dozens of remedies at a time.
- Diet: An approach will be recommended to optimize energy production of the brain and body using simple foods you can find in your local health food store. This reduces energy crashes that are often mislabeled as defiant behavior or difficulty concentrating.
- Lifestyle: Recommendations will be made that give your child the ability to regulate their own feelings of anxiety or stress and to improve quality and timing of sleep. Poor sleep or anxiety can also be mislabeled as a learning disorder.
- Hyperbaric oxygen: While the brain makes up 3% of your total body weight, it uses 25% of your body’s oxygen. Many children with learning struggles are not able to transfer the oxygen in their blood into the cells and use it to make ATP energy to think clearly and quickly. Mother’s have noted improved language learning and expression. Older children and adults report feeling calmer and clearer in thinking, with a heightened sense of integration of body and mind.
Hyperbaric therapy can be performed in our state-of-the-art clinic or in the comfort of your own home. Contact us to learn more about a free hyperbaric treatment
Schedule an appointment today to give your child the gift of learning.
A Report on Learning Styles
Here is an example of a recent letter written to the school of an 11 year old girl with a complex genetic and neurologic disorder:
To Whom It May Concern:
Due to some neurologic and biochemical issues, NH has a number of learning styles that require special consideration. She is hypersensitive to environmental stimulation and is easily distracted. She finds it difficult to follow the train of thought of the teacher once she has been distracted, easily goes off in thought and has a hard time staying engaged unless there is direct engagement with her. She has trouble accessing her memory due to some physiologic stress factors and tends to be a very concrete thinker. Thus, lessons should be taught using examples rather than abstract concepts, and broken down into component parts that can be mastered prior to the next component of the global concept.
I recommend that she sit in the front of the classroom, with a good view of and able to make eye contact with the teacher. She should be seated away from open windows and doors. She may need to wear noise-canceling headphones during quiet, independent work periods in order to concentrate.
An Actual Treatment Plan
Here is the actual treatment for the same girl mentioned in the letter above. This is a customized blend specifically for this child. The treatment plan for your child may vary based on their unique strengths and needs.
RAS Blend: Ficus carica, Corylus avelana, Vibernum lantanum, Sequoia gigantea. DOSE: 1 tsp twice per day before school and before homework
The goal of this blend is to calm the core of the brain and spinal cord (locus ceruleus, limbic system, pons, medulla, spinal cord). Children with sensory integration issues, who are over-stimulated by lights and noise, find this type of blend helpful. It’s calming without being sedating.
Brain blend: Arnica, Mercurialis, Scuttelaria, Passiflora; 5 ml BID
The goal of this blend is three: 1) balance low blood sugar: the brain is 3% of body weight, but consumes 25% of all the sugar in the blood. Low blood sugar can cause symptoms labeled as oppositional-defiance, acting out, or difficulty with concentration during class, 2) to increase the production of natural calming factors like GABA that help you stay calm and focused, 3) to reduce natural irritating factors like glutamate, that can make you feel cranky.
Body blend: Fraxinus, Achillea, Lithospermum, Leonurus. DOSE: 1 tsp twice per day before school and before homework
The goal of this blend is to improve imbalances in the fight or flight response (Cortisol, adrenaline and other factors) and to support a healthy management of anxiety.