Carol Garner-Houston is 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 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!
“We organize the central nervous system, we integrate the reflexes, we build the vestibular system through our listening programs, we increase the communication by opening the social portal, then the child can respond better to what you’re trying to teach them with the bike and swimming and then their body is able to do it. And with that, one of the other sparkly things of having our job is that their self-confidence… All the parents are so concerned because they have such poor self-esteem and lack self-confidence. Well, of course, they do. If you can’t get your body to do what you wanna do or you’re on the same playground with your peers and you are terrified of the slide or you can’t, you know, cross your bodies and do a jumping jack or, much less, cross the soccer ball across the field because you can’t cross the midline, that’s incredibly frustrating, but it just doesn’t have to do anything on whether or not you’re quote “athletic” or have those skills or that’s not your personality. Let’s come in, get a nice neurological baseline, give you some central nervous system organization, integrate your reflexes, then put you out there on that field and see what you like to do. And then, that in itself is self-reinforcing, continues to build your vestibular system and you see sequential growth, all of those things that the parents want to see for their children.” – Carol Garner-Houston
This interview originally appeared on Wellness Mama Podcast.