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153: Self Regulation and The Neurodivergent Brain

Explore the impact of dysregulated brains, understanding challenges like focus issues and intense emotions. Dive into neurodivergence and self-regulation’s intricate relationship in today’s episode.

A dysregulated neurodivergent brain can manifest in either understimulation or overstimulation. In an under-stimulated brain, issues like difficulty focusing, learning challenges, withdrawal, and tearfulness may arise. On the other hand, an overstimulated brain tends to exhibit pronounced reactions, intense emotions, anger, and irritation.

In today’s episode, we focus on the intricate relationship between neurodivergence and self-regulation as it is crucial to recognize the interconnectedness of self-regulation challenges, or dysregulation, in conditions such as autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other various mental health issues.

Neurodivergence and its impact on cognitive, emotional, and social functioning.

Mental health extends beyond cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects since it also includes social and pro-social elements as we discussed in the previous episode. Understanding why these challenges are more prevalent in neurodivergent brains involves recognizing both strengths and weaknesses.

When a neurodivergent brain grapples with learning, attention, or social skills, it places stress on the nervous system, pushing the autonomic nervous system into the “red state” due to excessive exertion. For instance, individuals with ADHD often struggle to alert themselves in the typical way, leading to a processing delay of three to five seconds or possibly longer. Because of such delay, feelings of discomfort, shame, anger, and irritation may arise.

In neurodivergent individuals, sensory issues can intensify, leading to overstimulation from the environment such as sounds, lights, touch, and even food. Many neurodivergent individuals also face food restrictions due to their heightened nervous system, making simple tasks more challenging.

In our program, we focus on calming the nervous system and addressing issues like sensory challenges. In fact, I recently witnessed a remarkable transformation in a child with anger issues and food restrictions. Calming his nervous system through our program resulted in reduced anger, zero tantrums, and improved eating habits.

This goes to show that conditions like PANS are treatable with a combination of approaches, emphasizing the importance of calming the nervous system for positive outcomes. If you're interested in personalized assistance, you may contact us for guidance tailored to your needs, whether through one-on-one sessions or other suitable resources.

Comprehending which areas of the brain are functioning and which are not.

In understanding the strengths and challenges of the neurodivergent brain, it's essential that we recognize that sensory difficulties stem from an overstimulated nervous system. The key lies in comprehending which areas of the brain are functioning and which ones are not. The good news is that if you work with us, we’ll be able to provide you with the unique advantage of a detailed EEG brain map.

Understanding the strengths within clinical neurodivergent issues is crucial. Despite frustrations with communication challenges or social difficulties, strengths nevertheless exist within conditions like autism and ADHD. These strengths may be overlooked due to our focus on perceived shortcomings. Understanding and appreciating these strengths become essential elements in navigating the complexities of neurodivergence, as they offer valuable insights into the individual's unique abilities and potential.

Neurodivergent conditions like dyslexia and ADHD also come with unique strengths, such as creativity and trendsetting abilities. It's essential to identify and harness these strengths in various settings – school, home, and the workplace considering that integrating these strengths not only supports individuals in coping with their challenges but also empowers them to excel in other areas.

By recognizing and leveraging the unique assets that come with conditions like autism, OCD, dyslexia, and ADHD, we unlock the potential for transformative approaches. Let us continue to embark on a path towards comprehensive support, ensuring that interventions are not just tailored to clinical aspects but also harness the strengths that make each neurodivergent individual truly unique.

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Podcast Episode 141: Academic Success Strategies for the Neurodivergent Child

Podcast Episode 93: Coping skills for kids with ADHD, SPD, Anxiety and Mood Issues

Podcast Episode 152: What are the Five Areas of Self Regulation?

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