Current neuroscience is returning full circle to the “dietetic” concept of mind-body unity of the 5th Century BC by providing the scientific rationale for a holistic approach to neurodevelopmental disorders. Hippocrates (460-377 BC) described symptoms compatible with our concept of ADHD: The patient has “quickened responses to experiences, but . . . less tenaciousness, because the soul moves on quickly to the next impression.” His treatment recommendations were specific diets and physical, musical and mental exercises. Anna Baumgaertel, MD provided an overview of the practical application of current research to neurodevelopmental disorders, including the role of diet in brain development and function, the role of physical activity, and the application of specific brain-training rehabilitation programs to improve executive function, emotional reactivity and stress responses. Wilma Dorman, OTR/L discussed the theory and clinical application of praxis, a uniquely human skill that enables us to interact effectively with the physical world, and with sensory integration approaches. The role of praxis in social competence was also explored.
This presentation was designed to give professionals and para-professionals a greater understanding of alternative interventions in the treatment and management of neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Anna Baumgaertel, M.D.
- Wilma Dorman, OTR/L
12:00 meet and greet, SOS annual meeting
12:30 – 2:30 program
*Penn Charter will be serving a light lunch*