Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and functioning in response to activity and mental experience
– Norman Doidge
We live at a challenging yet fortuitous time in human history. On the one hand we are faced with an epidemic of developmental challenges—autism, attention issues, speech and developmental delays, learning disabilities, premature births and birth injuries, and more; on the other hand, we have the tools and wherewithal to successfully treat them. The insights and discoveries that led us here are fascinating and I will be revealing them in a series of eletters and posts. This first will begin with the basics.
The human brain is the greatest organ in the universe—as far as I know. Its capacity to learn, grow, adapt, change, repair, and reorganize itself is unbounded. Yet, for many, the path to functional improvement is steep. A critical role of therapy is to help individuals engage the brain’s capabilities to effectively ascend that slope.
The single greatest tenet in support of that therapeutic process is brain- or neuro-plasticity. The recent awakening of our understanding of that life long ability has opened a wide door, and through that doorway is the path to the improvement of so many lives.
Our brains renew themselves throughout life to an extent previously thought not possible
– Michael Gazzaniga
Like anything powerful, it is important, if not critical, to implement treatments based on neuro-plasticity with structure, coherence, and prudence. Treatment must begin at the foundation and work its way up the developmental ladder. First things first might be an obvious cliché, but we’ve found it key to best helping individuals improve their functional abilities.
Our understanding of neuro-plasticity has enabled us to create an expanding tool chest of modalities and techniques. We are able to connect with the individual, assess their unique situation, and then prudently and specifically apply those treatments.
Over the next few weeks and months (and perhaps years) we will continue this exploration. I will help you get to know leaders like Norman Doidge, Stanley Greenspan, Jean Ayres, Moshe Feldenkrais, Alfred Tomatis, and others, and how each of their insight and work relates to neuro-plasticity and the improvement of human function.
Call (703-910-5006) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss this post and the part that Creative might play in the path to improvement.
Nature has given us a brain that survives in a changing world by changing itself
– Norman Doidge
– Richard Feingold, Co-founder