If your child has Autism, you know they suffer from damage to their Cerebellum, which controls the body’s motor function. Though, according to new research on cerebellar dysfunction, researchers are starting to understand that the Cerebellum controls much more than just motor function.
According to new research, the Cerebellum helps shape how other areas of the brain function, especially those related to cognition and affect. It does this, it is proposed, by taking in information from the world around it, processing that information, which then influences the neocortical circuit refinement during the early years of a child’s development.
Basically, even before a child is able to speak, they are receiving information from their external world, and what information they receive influences how they interpret the world. A cerebellar dysfunction hinders a child’s ability to take in the world around them and interpret it correctly, thus affecting the maturation process of the child.
Since this region of the brain affects the development of other functions of the brain, a cerebellar injury affects other regions of the brain. This loss of function in one part of the brain that affects another region of the brain is called Developmental Diaschisis.
All of this means that since the Cerebellum of an autistic child cannot interpret the world around them properly, they have difficulty organizing their thoughts. This organizational difficulty further leads to a difficulty in taking in all of that information, interpreting it, and expressing themselves either in socially acceptable ways or at all.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Your Child’s Cerebellum
While your autistic child is not able to gather information and interpret it properly, there are steps you can take to help them understand their world. The Cerebellum is part of the Central Nervous System, which is comprised of the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord. The brain send signals via the brainstem, cerebellum, and spinal cord to produce the body’s vital organs.
By way of the brainstem, the brain communicates with the cerebellum and the spinal cord. Those processes of neural communication must remain unhindered in order for a child to be as healthy as possible. Misalignments in the upper neck and resulting brainstem dysfunction can change how that child interprets their world and how they develop going forward.
Unfortunately, the brain’s ability to communicate the information it receives is hindered when a person’s upper cervical spine is out of alignment by even ¼ of a millimeter. The good news is seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor can restore this communication process and reverse the effects of any cerebellar dysfunction associated with the misalignment.
Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems.