The Learning Breakthrough Program addresses brain processes that are central to a thorough, multi-modal treatment approach for those with ASD. By improving sensory integration skills directly, users can alleviate certain ASD symptoms and foster the ability to improve responsiveness to many environmental stimuli.
Autism Spectrum Disorders range from a severe form, called autistic disorder, to milder forms such as Aspergers Syndrome. The autism spectrum disorders are more common in the pediatric population than are some better known disorders such as Diabetes, Spina Bifida, or Down Syndrome.
All children with ASD demonstrate deficits in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors or interests. In addition, they will often have unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as certain sounds or the way objects look. Each child will display communication, social, and behavioral patterns that are individual but fit into the overall diagnosis of ASD.
Sensory problems may also be present in children with ASD. When children’s perceptions are accurate, they can learn from what they see, feel, or hear. On the other hand, if sensory information is faulty, the child’s experiences of the world can be confusing. Many ASD children are highly attuned or even painfully sensitive to certain sounds, textures, tastes, and smells. Some children find the feel of clothes touching their skin almost unbearable and some sounds will cause these children to cover their ears and scream.
With ASD, the brain seems unable to balance the senses appropriately. When tested, some areas of ability may be normal, while others may be especially weak. There is no single best treatment package for all children with ASD. One point that most professionals agree on is that early intervention is important; another is that most individuals with ASD respond well to highly structured, specialized programs.
Learning Breakthrough’s balance and sensory development activities can have a positive impact for those who suffer from a range of Autism Spectrum Disorders.