151: How Brain Harmony is Improving Autism & Sensory Disorders

151: How Brain Harmony is Improving Autism & Sensory Disorders

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How a New Technology from Brain Harmony is Improving Autism & Sensory Disorders

I am here with Carol Garner-Houston, a pediatric occupational therapist with 22 years of experience in treating childhood disorders without pharmaceuticals. She co-founded an incredible company called Brain Harmony, which specializes in up and coming technology that improves the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to change, through the experienced hands of occupational therapists.

Brain Harmony

Brain Harmony has provided life-changing interventions for children with sensory and auditory processing disorders in their clinics, in schools, and in homes nationwide, and they even can work with clients long distance. At the core of their approach is a low-resistance technique (translation: painless and not scary to kids) that delivers dramatic results just through sound waves that retrain and work the brain in very specific ways. The results? Life-changing!

If you have a child who struggles with attention and learning, speech and communication, stress or sleep, or even who is on the autism spectrum, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • the body systems that control attention and behavior in children
  • Brain Harmony tools and techniques for retraining connections in the brain (and what the inner ear has to do with it)
  • the importance of the vagus nerve and how to optimize it
  • how simple movements can help rewire the brain
  • the ways sound and light can change how the brain works
  • why the vestibular system is so important (and how to improve its function)
  • the reason to limit technology that you’ve probably never thought of
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Learn more about Carol and what Brain Harmony has to offer at BrainHarmony.com

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  1. Hi! I’d like to ask a favour… I am a health and nutrition coach and love your posts. I am also autistic.

    Autism itself is not a disorder, although autistic people are generally more prone to physical and emotional disorders. The phrase “improving autism” is not an accurate one. While many of us would like our health to be improved; autism itself, a different way of processing sensory information and communication, is not something that can be improved.

    Would you consider using the language around autism differently?

    Many thanks and best wishes from a long time fan!

    • Hello Florence, This is Carol Garner-Houston, OTR/L and Chief Medical Officer from Brain Harmony. Your statement that those with Autism have “a different way of processing sensory information and communication and it is not something that can be improved” has been your experience but we are seeing deep and long standing organization of the sensory systems with the use of iLs Focus systems and the Safe and Sound protocols. Check out our web site brainharmony.com and read our success stories. I would like to help you feel better so we can see more of your purpose on this earth. Our number is 1-888-272-4650

      • I don’t believe that Florence meant that Autism “can’t” be improved so much as that Autism is simply a different way of thinking and, in and of itself, doesn’t need to be improved. Her point was that the associated problems with it – such as sensory, emotional or behavioral disorders – are what can be improved.

        • My daughter goes to Brain Harmony weekly for close to two years and has done the safe and sound protocol over spring break last year. She has not been diagnosed with Autism, however she certainly has a different way of organizing information in her brain. iLS has done amazing things for her and (correct me if I’m wrong) it reorganizes the brain so that it DOES process things in a more neurotypical manner. We were referred by our pediatrician on base bc she knew I was not onboard with the idea of medication at this point in our journey. She was diagnosed almost two years ago with ADHD (at the teachers request) and even that teacher (who was very clearly unhappy that I didn’t just have her pop pills to be able to sit still and focus in her class… and boldly questioned why a child would need occupational therapy) was impressed with the price great she made within the school year.. and I have seen a child that in a year grew to hate the books and numbers she once loved (as comprehension and word problems boggled her mind) start to love reading again and gaining confidence back with math. She still has bad dats and becomes overwhelmed, but we’ve learned the signs and she’s beginning to catch it herself and self regulate. I am so disappointed that we won’t have Brain Harmony when we leave this summer and hoping that Tricare now covers the device rental so that we can continue her progress. I can’t speak to the dream pillow currently as when we got hers she tossed and turned so much she was never on the pillow by morning. We may try it again now that she doesn’t seem to toss and turn in her sleep as much.

  2. I have a grand daughter that has Sensory disorder, and won’t eat any foods that have texture! Just yogurt, gummy bears and sweet stuff that is creamy in texture. She is ahead in her class, in her school work, reading etc. and is doing great! I wonder about the diet, if it will effect her in the future? I have no say in any of this, because of my relationship with my son and his wife, was estranged for almost 5 years, and I must be careful of what and how I approach this sensitive subject. They feel I am interfering if I just show her this information, and that they are not doing their parenting well enough if I am suggesting ANYTHING that can be a help! When will this eating change to a normal diet? The doctors are monitoring and they are doing their best.

  3. My Daughter has senroy processing disorder and her OT (who was wonderful) recently informed us she could not make any progress with her therapy because of my daughters anxiety and rigidity. I’m wondering if using your technology would enable her to start to make progress with therapy as she is going through anxiety treatment as well. My daughter won’t let her touch her body. She has trouble specifically with clothing and food. She also has frustrating vestibular issues.

    • You need a new OT! Anxiety and rigidity are very often part of sensory processing disorder. She should be considering those as part of the puzzle not an obstacle to her job.

      • Perhaps I should have phrased that differently. I would recommend finding an OT who is comfortable working with the anxiety as well as the more obvious sensory issues because anxiety is a frequent result of those issues and it can be impossible to separate them.

        Also, I would recommend that any child who has both sensory challenges and anxiety be screened for sleep disorders. Something like enlarged tonsils can cause obstructive sleep apnea and greatly exacerbate any sensory symptoms. It is impossible to regulate brain function without adequate sleep.

    • Yes we can help! The technology we use works great for those exact concerns.

  4. Wow. So grateful for this.

  5. Hi my son is 17 and has autism and ADHD, also high anxiety. I am wondering if there is a protocol that could help him. Although we have done a lot to mature his sensory system he still has lots of issues with body coordination, he finds it difficult to stretch his hands above his head or to hang on the poll by just holding the poll with his hands. Also, we are based in UK – are you aware of any practitioners in this country who could assess my son and devise a protocol. Many thanks, Vesna

  6. Thank you for this podcast Katie! As a paediatric OT, I appreciate any time my amazing profession gets some press! Carol thank you for being an clinical inspiration. I thrilled that you are spreading what I preach everyday.

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