The Autism, ADHD, & SPD Summit

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I’m very excited to share that I’m speaking on the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit (June 11-20) which is live now! 

You can get your free ticket here 

My good friend, Tara Hunkin, founder of My Child Will Thrive, has brought together 30+ of the top doctors, researchers, nutritionists, and therapists for this completely free online conference to teach you exactly how to…

  • Identify the root causes of your child’s symptoms of Autism, ADHD, and SPD
  • Tell you about the latest research and how this can be applied to help your child
  • Put the pieces of the puzzle together so you can help your child thrive now!

The great thing about online summits is you can watch from the comfort of your own home without expensive travel or time away from your friends and family to attend a conference.

Tomorrow, June 12th Tara and I discuss How to Leverage Your Child’s Neuroplasticity Through Music, Rhythm, Movement and Neurotech

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And, you can me on a Facebook Live panel on Wednesday, June 13th at 7pmET/4pmPT, where I join other experts sharing amazing insights which you can use to help your child or the children you serve attain their true potential in life.

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A quick reminder of how the summit works when you sign up to watch it for FREE:

  • You’ll get an email each day of the Summit to tell you which of the experts are presenting.
  • Each day’s interviews are on demand for 48 hours, starting from their interview time.
  • All interviews close 48 hours after they open.

You can get lifetime access to the interviews and some extra bonuses here at a reduced price while the Summit airs.

See you there!

Alex

 

Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit

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I’m very excited to share that I’ll be speaking Monday, June 19th at the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit!

⇒ You can get your free ticket here http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

My good friend, Tara Hunkin, founder of My Child Will Thrive, has brought together 25+ of the top doctors, researchers, nutritionists, and therapists for this completely free online conference to teach you exactly how to…

  • Identify the root causes of your child’s symptoms of Autism, ADHD, and SPD
  • Tell you about the latest research and how this can be applied to help your child
  • Put the pieces of the puzzle together so you can help your child thrive now!

The great thing about online summits is you can watch from the comfort of your own home without expensive travel or time away from your friends and family to attend a conference.

That’s why I’m so excited that Tara is putting this together for you!

My session is about using music to heal your child’s brain, where you’ll learn:

  • Why sound is important to the early development of the brain
  • How sound impacts the ANS and why this is of particular importance to autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorder community
  • What symptoms parents will recognize in their kids when they are struggling with dysregulation/inappropriate development/function of the brain
  • How the ability to calm the sympathetic response through music will help emotional regulation and sleep etc.
  • Why improving the child’s ability to regulate the ANS and sympathetic response will translate to improvements in other areas of health such as immune function
  • What is The Listening Program?
    • What symptoms does it address?
    • How does The Listening Program do this?
    • What can a parent/child expect if they use The Listening Program?
    • What ages do you recommend starting with the program?
    • How long does it take to see results?
    • What types of results can the parents expect to see?
    • How they get access to the program?
    • How The Listening Program complement other therapies?

Make sure to grab your free ticket to the Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

Join me along with more than 25 expert speakers and get inspired by the possibilities…

Sign up for the Summit for free http://adbn.co/childwillthrive and find the answers you are looking for!

Also, along with the expert talks, there are also free guides and discounts you’ll receive access to if you sign up!

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Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Hope for Relief

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Helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve their greatest potential has been something close to my heart throughout my career. This interest has lead me in many directions including; research, developing scientifically optimized music for brain training, conference presentations, board positions in autism organizations, and writing.

One of my questions has been why do people with ASD so frequently demonstrate behaviors related to sensory over responsitivity (SOR), specifically auditory  hypersensitivity, also called hyperacousis and misophonia? This is a condition that touches not just the majority of individuals with autism, but many others including the so-called “neurotypical”. Sound hypersensitivity can be absolutely debilitating. It is heart-wrenching to see a child or adult suffer pain or perception of pain from everyday sounds.

In the quest to help, I’ve been so fortunate that Dr. Jay R. Lucker of the Department of Communication Sciences at Howard University and I share this interest. For years we have collaborated on research related to this phenomenon. Our first joint article on the topic “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” was published in Autism Science Digest in 2012. We then wrote an extensive follow-up to the Autism Science Digest article which is a deeper exploration into the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity which was just published in the peer reviewed journal Autism Research and Treatment.

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Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, caregiver, educator, or therapist who is touched by someone with autism, or you yourself are on the autism spectrum I do hope this latest research article provides some answers, and hope for relief from over sensitivity to sounds.

 

Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism

Sound is everywhere, it’s as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Yet, many people become stressed or uncomfortable with sounds in their own home, school, work, and public places, and aren’t even aware of it.The cause, NOISE!

Negative sound exposure has a scientifically proven impact on health, sleep, attention, learning, communication, listening, hearing, stress and more. A 2011 report from the World Health Organization and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Burden of Disease From Environmental Noise states that “noise like this is second only to air pollution as an environmental cause of ill health.” There is no question noise is a major health concern, something my co-author Don Campbell and me wrote about extensively in our book Healing at the Speed of Sound®.  Each of us is impacted by noise, some more than others. But millions with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders and brain injury are not only impacted by noise, but often develop a negative emotional response to sound.

Dr. Jay Lucker, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Howard University in Washington, DC recently co-authored an article with me for Autism Science Digest which explores sound sensitivities in a growing population of children and adults with autism that are known to commonly have hypersensitivities to sound. The article titled “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” is in the current issue 04, which is available at Barnes and Noble through July.

Article Abstract- Many children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder are described as having auditory hypersensitivities. This paper describes auditory hypersensitivities, the systems involved in hypersensitive hearing, methods for evaluating auditory hypersensitivity in children, and possible treatments. Auditory hypersensitivity involves the non-classical auditory system and is an emotional response to sound rather than an auditory response. Children described as being hypersensitive to sound have negative emotional reactions to sounds and situations in which the sounds are present. It is possible to desensitize these negative emotional reactions and reprogram the emotional memory system so that children are no longer frightened by sounds.

My company Advanced Brain Technologies today announced the launch of TLP Spectrum™; a new auditory program for at home use, to improve sound brain fitness and reduce sensory sensitivities in children and adults who are or who may become hypersensitive to sounds. This program is a gentle way to desensitize emotional reactions to sound.

TLP Spectrum consists of evidence-based instrumental music which contains proprietary sound technologies to exercise the brain, and filter out unwanted sounds, while keeping the listener relaxed during fifteen-minute listening sessions with headphones. The program is ideal for those most susceptible to sound sensitivity; including children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, brain injury and developmental delays, as well as typically developing toddlers (my 2 year old son is on the program), preschoolers, and the elderly.

I’ll be presenting this article and introducing TLP Spectrum at the Autism One/ Generation Rescue Conference 2012 in Chicago next month. Hope to see you there!

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation 10th International Symposium

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is a leader in SPD research, awareness and advocacy. Their 10th International Symposium is the place to be on March 5th and 6th if you are a parent or professional with an interest in a deeper understanding of how sensory response patterns affect everyday life.

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA  and Author of the Sensory Profile and Sensory Profile School Companion is a featured speaker. There will also be a special presentation by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Founder and Executive Director of  SPF Foundation.

Please visit the SPD Foundation for additional information.

Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of The Listening Program® with Bone Conduction on Children with SPD

6 children who present with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and auditory processing concerns with ages ranging from 3 yrs 11 mo. to 8 yrs. 7 mo. 4 of whom were receiving therapy services participated in the study.  Results from standardized testing demonstrated a significant improvement in all children who completed the program, compared to just therapy alone. This demonstrated that The Listening Program® with bone conduction is effective in helping increase functional skills and outcomes in children who present with sensory integration and auditory processing concerns along with skilled therapists to help achieve maximum potential and independence in everyday tasks/skills.

This study was originally presented by John Esteves at the 2008 Advanced Brain Technologies International Conference in Midway, Utah, July 2008.  A summary is in the new book just published by Springer Vienna and New York,  edited by Roland Haas and Vera Brandes Music That Works: Contributions of Biology, Neurophysiology, Psychology, Sociology, Medicine and Musicology ISBN 978-3-211-75120-6  http://www.springer.com/springerwiennewyork/medicine/book/978-3-211-75120-6

 To read or download the full study please click here.

Sensory Processing Disorder DSM-V Inclusion

1 in 20 children experiences symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder that are significant enough to affect their ability to participate fully in everyday life. Symptoms of SPD, like those of most disorders, occur within a broad spectrum of severity. While most of us have occasional difficulties processing sensory information, for children and adults with SPD, these difficulties are chronic, and they disrupt everyday life.  Source: SPD Foundation

What’s an Sensory Processing Disorder? When the brain receives sensory signals that don’t get organized into appropriate responses. This creates challenges in all areas of life.  Through my work at Advanced Brain Technologies I interface with occupational therapists worldwide that treat children and adults with this condition on a daily basis. They generally have a good handle on how to provide effective treatment, often using The Listening Program® as part of a comprehensive treatment approach.  Yet, there is no diagnostic recognition for SPD, so insurance generally does not reimburse for treatment, meaning  many go without.     

The SPD Foundation is advocating inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), which will be published in 2012. The DSM classifies all childhood and adult mental health and developmental disorders. Currently, SPD is not covered by the DSM categories, and its absence limits awareness of the disorder and contributes to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapeutic treatment of children.

The inclusion of SPD in the DSM will foster correct diagnoses and will open doors for further research about the underlying cause of and treatments for SPD. The addition of SPD in the DSM will also facilitate reimbursement for treatment.

If you support diagnositic recognition for SPD please sign the DSM petition by clicking here  http://www.spdfoundation.net/petition.php