CranioSacral for Children with Learning Disorders
Up to 35% of all children in the US are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) each year. 1 in 50 children will be labeled with autism spectrum disorder at some point. 15 million people in the US have some form of learning disability.
So what is this all about? My feeling is that the children arriving on the planet today are profoundly sensitive and bring with them highly developed gifts that the world is sorely in need of. However, what they encounter in today’s typical modern life, with its fast paced, stress-filled days and electronic stimulation in the form of tv, cell phones and the internet, is deeply abrasive to them. It literally scrambles their nervous system and, in some cases, causes them to retreat into an inner world.
Craniosacral therapy is one way to assist these children in untangling their jangled systems and in finding a more relaxed and integrated way of coping with the world. There are powerful techniques that we learn as therapists, but it is my experience that, in working with children in particular, it is more about being able to create and hold a state of present awareness for them, a space in which they can fully let go and reveal who they are.
The story of William below, courtesy of the Stanley Rosenberg Institute
Dr. John Upledger conducted research into CST while he was professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University. He led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bio-engineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for CST. They specifically focused on the health concerns mentioned above and demonstrated that CST is dramatically effective in these areas.