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Childhood Neuro-Disorders

Updated on December 29, 2013

Childhood Disorders

Volume 4, Issue 18, December 29, 2013

Many people are not aware of the external environment playing a huge part in the neurological effects of human beings. We are taught in school that it is generally hereditary but, that is simply not the case in many instances. We are affected emotionally and physically by our external environment and what we eat, see, hear, smell, and touch are triggers in our mind-brain through all those billions of neurotransmitters and synapses in our mind-brain and the body. Some disorders could be the origin of stressor’s or triggers in the external environment and what I mentioned above about the five magnificent senses we have. We could be provoked by words, colors, diets, sounds, odors, and feelings of sensations.

In a previous series of Engaging Neurons ( we discussed the fact that our mind-brain recognizes routine behaviors and non-routine behaviors where neurological pathways are developed and grown, our bodies and mind-brain are a finely tuned genetically modified organic product of its environment both internally and externally. We are stimulated and motivated by our sensory perceptions and what the mind-brain delineates, distinguishes, and defines as what we should do in response or reaction. Patterns and routines are part of our daily living and they are tracked by the body’s neurological pathways.

Some people unfortunately, are also born with pre-existing problems or malady before birth and it existed when they were conceived. For example, a person with Autism is born with mal-functioning neurological pathways at they developed at inception before they were born because of their external and internal environment of the mother. There are other neurological disorders that people are born with that through no fault of their own were given the inheritance of a neurological disorder. Autism is one of a few disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, and Mild Cognitive Disorder that some people are born with. There are many factors internally and externally that play a role like diet, consumption of alcohol or drugs, and pollution with certainty and uncertainty of producing a person with a neurological condition. Many times the disorder is not detected until the person is in a later age and it seems that they cannot learn new routines to fight the disorder and recover the healthy neurological condition.


Autism – Is a complex developmental disability that may present itself in the first three years of life of a person ( It is a neurological disorder that a person exhibits non-verbal communication (especially eye contact) problems, verbal communication problems, and cognitive problems where it shares traits with ADD/ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and clinical depression. It affects normal brain function and neurological pathways response and reaction.

Quite a few disorders can be treated with improved eye contact performance and focus of the mind-brain. Optometry is crucial in determination of disorders like Autism and ADD/ADHD. It is imperative to get the child’s eye checked because it could be a detrimental issue in the causes like we mentioned of external and internal environment that combine and produce a problem or a neurological disorder. The quicker the disorder is ruled out or determined the better the treatment and recovery of an individual. When children exhibit problems with learning in school, so parent –teacher meetings are an excellent intervention source of getting treatment right away. A place to go for therapy or treatment would be a Children’s Hospital like CHOC Children’s or even finding a website resource like Autism therapy for Kids at where issues could be addressed for children 0 to 18 years of age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control there are approximately 1 in 110 children in the US since 2006 with reported issues of Autism, better known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). More prevalence is among boys more than their counterparts in girls, at an average of 60 percent more. Those children reported to have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and reported through a study by Mayo Clinic in March, 2013 where it is estimated that 3 to 5 percent of children in the US population who are school-age children (850,000 children) have ADD/ADHD, this could be of higher percentage ratio for those who are undiagnosed.

Some of the symptoms discussed in the previous issue Neurological Disorder Symptoms (2), Issue 17A ( are symptoms or behaviors exhibited that we should look for in a child that is having difficulty or issues that are arising in infancy, school, or in behavior exhibited. As a parent we could also generally become more involved with the prevention of conditions where-ever possible to have a healthy child. The environment we develop and produce in the home, school, and socially for a child will affect their neurological condition. We could develop and produce a healthier environment both internally and externally when we take everything into context and look at all of the possible factors that may or may not affect a child’s neurological condition. Generally speaking when a person is exposed to routine behaviors over and over again they develop and grow with those behaviors and patterns externally and internally. Even a virus or flu in a pregnant woman could affect the development of a fetus in a child, so the diet and condition of a woman when pregnant is critical in almost every stage when neurons are being forms in our molecular make-up.


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