A post about Neuroplasticity – Autism Treatment Centre of America


Your child’s brain is highly plastic. It can grow and change drastically – in any capacity, at any age. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

“But autism is a neurological disorder!” Sure it is. But your child’s neurology can be changed. Completely. Utterly. Totally.

This is a photo of my brain. Ain’t it cute? More important, this photo was taken by fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) at one of the research centers at Northwestern University. They wanted to see if my brain functions like a so-called “normal” brain. They had me do various kinds of activities, such as facial expression recognition, a very social skill, and they tracked where the blood flowed within my brain. Would the same parts of my brain “light up” during these social activities as would the brain of someone who had never had autism? I’ll admit, I was as curious as they were!

And the answer is…yes. Yep. Yessirree, Bob. The results were no different than those of the brains they had scanned of people with zero history of autism.

So, if someone tells you that, because autism is a neurological condition, it can’t be significantly changed, or that The Son-Rise Program® can’t change neurology, or that, because your child is 12, his/her brain has “set” like concrete, and he/she can no longer learn to talk or converse or whatever, don’t buy it. (After all, a seventy-five year old can have a stroke, lose his/her language, and then learn to speak again, so why are people still telling us that “it’s too late” when our children are 12 or 20 or 32?)

These types of comments are based on an old, outdated view of neurology that has been thoroughly disassembled, dismissed, and discarded by modern neuroscientific findings.

Isn’t that awesome? YOU may have always, deep down, believed in your child’s limitless possibilities. Isn’t it great to know that the science is behind you?

If you want to spread the science of hope, share this post!

Raun K. Kaufman

Director of Global Education

Autism Treatment Center of America®

Author, Autism Breakthrough

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