Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

by Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, AADP I am fortunate to have Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD, as my sons’ behavioral optometrist.  Dr. Schulman wrote the chapters on the role of vision therapy and optometry in Patty Lemer’s book, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, which I reviewed earlier.  Patty was the one who recommended Dr. Schulman to me, and she practices in my area. Patty has always talked about the importance of vision therapy for people with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD), learning disabilities and other neurological disorders.  Now I know why.  In fact, Patty’s book was published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, which should give you a clue as to the importance of vision in neurodevelopmental disorders. Vision Problems a Cause of Many ASD Symptoms I was astounded to learn that vision problems are a CAUSE of, not a by-product of, many ASD symptoms. …

Birth Trauma and Developmental Delays

by Viola M. Frymann, D.O., F. A. A. 0., F. C. A, Director, Osteopathic Center for Children. La Jolla, CA Birth trauma and developmental delays:  In at least 80% of children with developmental delays, including attention deficits and autism, there is a history of traumatic birth.  In each diagnosis there are manifestations of various aspects of cerebral dysfunction, which in simple terms means that the brain is not functioning as efficiently as it should. The brain is contained within the bony skull, which at the time of birth is designed to accept the temporary compression of the birth canal, and expand fully when the baby cries immediately after birth. The lower end of the central nervous system is located within the sacrum, the large bone forming the back of the pelvis.  This, too, is designed to absorb the compressing forces of the contracting uterus, and then be restored by bodily movements after birth.  The vertebral column protects the spinal cord…