ADD / ADHD, Autism, Balance & Coordination, Dore Achievement Centres, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Science

Cerebellum More Than Just a Motor

The cerebellum (literally ‘Little Brain’) is a small, distinct part of the brain that sits around where the spine meets the brain and it plays an important role in movement and possibly other activities. The Dore / DDAT treatment method pin-points this area of the brain as one of the main causes of dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. This was met by skepticism from other researchers despite the treatments obvious success on at least of those who tried it.
Now research published in the October issue of Pediatrics into the cerebellum in new born infants has thrown up some interesting findings. When the newborn has damage to the cerebrum, the main brain, the cerebellum failed to grow properly. Where the damage was on one side of the cerebrum, the opposite side of the cerebellum failed to grow. This is an interesting twist on how the brain and body are cross-wired; the left part of the brain controlling the right side of the body and vice versa. It also worked both ways, damage to one side of the cerebellum effected the growth of the opposite side of the cerebrum. This tells us that there is a very strong link between mental, cerebral, development and the development of the cerebellum. Thus stimulating the cerebellum through coordination and balance exercises, such as the Dore Program, could help stimulate growth in the main brain, the cerebrum.
The cerebellum is also one of the last areas of the brain to develop before the child is born which might help explain why Premature Babies Have High Chance of Learning Disabilites. One of the conclusions of the study is “Early-life cerebellar injury may contribute importantly to the high rates of cognitive, behavioral, and motor deficits reported for premature infants“.
Further coverage can be found on the BBC and Child-Neuro.org.
Study Abstract: Impaired Trophic Interactions Between the Cerebellum and the Cerebrum Among Preterm Infants