Since Charles Darwin’s era the survival of fittest is known as the theory of evolution and here we are pursuing it as in the light of adaptive qualities of brain and its survival strategies. it is well understood that human brain is capable of learning things over time and it has the capacity to get over damages and even rewire itself in miraculous manner .. so if strategically used indeed it can be used as a powerhouse , if provided with the favourable conditions and the proper controlled challenges it can unleash the hidden potentials. it might not be an understatement that under positive stress the child brain can rewire and bring the functional changes required to survive and succeed.
The synapses, the mirror neurons, the neuron firing and the HPA axis loop all play a vital role in the journey of neuroplasticity or also known as brain plasticity (Brain rewiring). our happy hormones namely dopamine, endorphin, serotonin, and oxytocin are mainly received by socializing and physical touches like cuddles and happy emotions even by sense of safety . providing the child benefits of all of them by simple play sessions with their parents in the most comfortable place they can be that is their home. So that they can grow with all these embedded in their autonomic nervous responses so that delaying any possible chances of negative damages psychologically and as well as increasing the power of Resilience.
One thing that I am sure about what having your child diagnosed with a special need challenge is like it can literally spin your world upside down in a fraction of a second and you can have the feeling of isolation that never ceases to go. But here I would like to draw your attention to something we need to acknowledge, that is our child is special need child because they are “Special” for some reason and I honestly don’t believe that in any Dictionary around the world “Special” can be defined as less in any sense .. it is just not a mere motivational thought or it isn’t just a hypothetical philosophy .. to support my argument I have a variety of specific facts and figures as well.
One of them is the Neuroplasticity also known as Brain plasticity this feature as its name suggests is a whole new idea of changing, modifying, acknowledging, and rewiring of the brain in such a way that it fits well to the changing needs of a growing individual in term of both developmental age as well a chronological age yet aspiring to achieve a balance between the two… there are a lot of acknowledged behavioral therapies for the same some on which we are mostly aware are ABA (applied behavioral analysis), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), CDP ( child development program) and OT (occupational therapy ) to name a few.
Initial years are very important for the development of the brain and children with special need face a lot of obstacles in this path may it be sensory dysfunction, rare health conditions, and syndromes, somnipathy (which is quite common in most special need cases), autism spectrum disorders is an umbrella of a lot of neurodevelopmental disorders, cerebral palsy, any sense impairment is also a hindrance to growth, in this post I want parents and kids go hand in hand in facing the above challenges and to maintain a stress-free and a controlled challenging atmosphere for the relation to bloom while working on the deficits or areas of concern. Its a ray of hope and a win-win situation for the family because we know that home is the safest place best known to child as well as adult and trying to reduce the toxic or tolerable stress to good stress, the best therapist for play sessions are indeed child’s parents. Empowering the parent with knowledge will not only catalyse the process it will definitely reduce the stress and thus increasing the Hippocampus’s capacity to store and recall spatial and episodic memory and also by increasing synapse formation as well.
My focus is on brain plasticity and its need while keeping the parent child relationship in frame. As per researches It is well known that the special need children require an atmosphere of inclusion and we as parents can emphasis on the parent child relationship and the ways to increase that bond. For a young mind any sort of therapy could be a little bit stressful in the beginning and they might need time to adapt and adjust ,the time required for this adjustment is directly proportionate on the child’s own brain capacity of resilience against stress .I personally emphasize on the people and on the time that a child will spend and to be precise it is at home and with family and siblings the catalysing effect a family may have on the good parts and acceptance of child to its therapy.
I will like to accepts and promotes the questions from parents and would like to help them in planning an IEP i.e. individual educational plan for their little one. Our Mission statement: I look forward to increase neuroplasticity of the special need child with the most natural way possible and in an affordable manner. p.s it is not a business page/post .. want to help because i have been there and still there along with a lot of people are going through.
I am with parents who want to establish a secure bond with their children providing them support and strength, and the effect of these play sessions will be for child as well as parent both will benefit with sense of attachment and comfort, eliminating the isolation of being the special need parent completely further. As a special need mother myself of a little amazing soul and I value and acknowledge child and parent’s needs both in their own ad unique ways.