What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

“EMDR induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry similar to what happens in REM sleep — that allows the person undergoing treatment to more effectively process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of his or her life experience.” Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Numerous research articles have established EMDR’s efficacy for emotional and physical trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And more recently, researchers are beginning to find EMDR to also be useful for those on the autism spectrum. [i] EMDR is a blend of psychotherapy and bilateral brain stimulation which is highly successful in treating a range of mental health, intellectual and developmental disorders when modified or adapted to the client’s developmental level of functioning. During this procedure, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often results in increased insight regarding…

What Is EFT?

What Is EFT?

What Is EFT?

by Robin Friedman EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, and it is sometimes also called Meridian Tapping. EFT is a simple-to-learn, powerful technique where you tap on meridian points of the face and body while saying affirmations about something that bothers you. This clears the energy system of the block and often the issue that bothered you will no longer have an emotional intensity. How Does EFT Work? EFT works by calming the fight-or-flight response in the brain, and reducing the stress hormone cortisol. What this means for us, in practical daily life, is that we have a simple way to change how we feel about an emotionally charged situation. The ancient Chinese mapped out the energy meridians about 5,000 years ago.  This is what is used in acupuncture. The meridians are pathways of energy that run throughout the body, kind of like rivers or highways.  There is a system of 14 different meridians that are all connected. This combination…

Serious Talk About Humor

This post details serious talk about humor, which can be a useful and powerful tool in dealing with children with autism. On my answering machine was a message from the mother of Lance, a fifth grader with Asperger’s Syndrome. She was distraught. Sassing the speech-language pathologist (SLP) who ran a weekly social skills group, Lance had exclaimed, “You can’t tell me what to do.” “To the office!” she spat. “You are suspended from this group for three weeks. And you are sentenced to detention, besides!” “Patty, find us another school!!” Lance’s mother cried. “I can’t take this anymore.” Listening, I agreed wholeheartedly. I had just returned from the 15th annual international conference on the Positive Power of Humor and Creativity. sponsored by The Humor Project in Saratoga Springs, NY. After spending the weekend taking life seriously and myself lightly, I wished that the SLP had been with me to hear Joel Goodman’s sage words. Seven Good Reasons to Be Serious…

ADHD Causes

ADHD Causes

ADHD Causes

Kelly Dorfman, MS, LDN, discusses ADD and ADHD causes. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity, is a subjective diagnosis that physicians apply to a standardized cluster of behaviors and symptoms. ADD/ADHD is on the “less severe” extreme the autistic spectrum, with PDD (pervasive developmental delay) and autism on the “most severe” end. Doctors sometimes “upgrade” autism or PDD to ADD or ADHD as sensory and cognitive function improve. Identifying ADD and ADHD causes assists in determining effective treatments. Attention deficits can result when one or more of the following areas is affected. Biochemical/Nutritional Nutritional Culprits Nutrition alters brain chemistry. When nutrition is compromised, the body is more likely to absorb toxins, causing further distress. Keeping a record of your child’s nutritional intake over several days can be enlightening. Look for these commonalities: A high carbohydrate or sugary diet; Over two cups of juice or sweetened drinks per day; Limited or no vegetables- especially  green leafy ones; Picky eating….