Autism rates in children are at an epidemic level and still rising. In order to address these rising rates and better treat the condition, it’s important to understand what’s happening in the brain of a child with autism. Based on the science of neuroplasticity or brain plasticity, many aspects of the brain are changeable over the course of a lifetime. By knowing what areas of the brain are affected, we can target our treatment approach accordingly to strengthen and change these weak functions of the brain. The following autism infographic provides a visual overview of ASD and what’s happening in the brain of a child on the spectrum.
From the Book Autism by Dr. Robert Melillo
I believe most children with autism have a developmental problem affecting the functions primarily on the right side of the brain. It means that either the right brain is growing too slowly or the left brain is growing too fast, or both. IN either case, it creates a right-brain deficit and the symptoms we typically recognize as autism. You notice your child’s head has an odd tilt. He may have a funny gait – cute, but odd. He covers his ears as if in pain when he hears you bang around pots and pans. You’re waiting for those first words that should have come months ago. You notice he’s oddly withdrawn and doesn’t express much interest in others. The struggles you see in autism are almost all associated with impaired right-brain skills.
Want to know more about right brain deficiency? Check out my book Autism to learn more about brain function in children with autism and what you can do to help remediate hemispheric deficits.