Scotson Technique Can Help Children With Autism.

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Linda and Doran Scotson - Technique Can Help Children With Autism

Linda and son Doran.

Linda Scotson (The Scotson Technique) is currently researching a link between neurological disorders and breathing problems. Linda began a PhD program at University College London while trying to determine the cause of her newborn sons brain damage at birth. Linda discovered that children who had neurological problems – cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, ADD, epilepsy or even dyspraxia and dyslexia had abnormal breathing problems.

When Linda looked for evidence of abnormal respiration in children diagnosed with autism, she found that many had shallow breathing with a tendency to hold their breath and hyperventilate

Linda saw the possibility that a combination of abnormal breathing and a brain injury might result in a reduction in the increased oxygen levels a child’s brain needed to match the increased demands of brain growth during development.

Linda then began to find links between the seizure activity so frequently seen in autistic children, abnormal breathing patterns, and stress, a known factor in increased oxygen consumption. In essence, she found that abnormal breathing had a direct relationship to neurological problems and when both existed, could produce a block to more normal development. As Linda fitted the pieces together, she began to see a much more encouraging picture of recovery following neurological injury.


What Causes The Abnormal Breathing?

After a long and painstaking study of the existing scientific literature, Linda had collected the evidence she needed to support her theories.

It appeared that a wide range of different kinds of stress, including maternal stress, could temporarily compromise the amount of oxygen available to a child’s brain before birth.

Moreover, when cerebral oxygen decreased, in order to preserve core cerebral function, the foetal circulatory system diverted oxygen away from the developing lungs and diaphragmand into the foetal brain.

The result appeared to be a weakening of the child’s respiratory organs at critical stages in their development. If these events took place in the last trimester of pregnancy, foetal breathing activity, which is vital for normal lung growth, would also be compromised. The possibilities arose that more prolonged or repeated stress upon the developing brain’s oxygen levels could weaken blood flow through the tiny blood vessels bringing oxygen to more vulnerable areas.

Linda hypothesized that even if direct damage was not caused, these areas might still be compromised, rendering them less resilient to viral or toxic stresses after birth. Such stress factors might include vaccinations.

How Does This Evidence Impact Children With Autism?

Linda found that the abnormal sensory, behavioural, and processing challenges common in autism are linked into activities under the control of three specific parts of the brain: the thalamus, the limbic system, and the cerebellum.

Looking at the roles of these structures, it becomes easy to see how damage to them could produce the processing difficulties which dominate autism.

Delayed Regression Common With Autism

If underlying issues sometimes exist prenatally, why would regression often start around two years of age?

postnatal stresses including vaccines could at least in part explain the regression often seen in autistic children at around the age of two years. Additionally, an infant’s respiratory development is closely tied to the ability to produce rhythmical coordinated movements to which its breathing pattern is linked.

How does TST work?

The Scotson Technique, which has been developed by Linda is a series of very light-touch, gentle, pulse-like massages that can be made even while children sleep. The light touch means that the pressures gently increase blood flow through the smallest arteries and the capillaries serving the body tissues.

The pressures copy the pulses made by the physical pressures of breathing on these blood vessels and the pumping activity of the diaphragm to return the deoxygenated blood to the heart. The affect is that the capillary walls strengthen and new additional capillary structures grow.

This increases the blood-carrying capacity within the diaphragm and lungs making them stronger, larger, and more effective organs. Similar work is also gradually performed on the joints of the body.

“Doran, who was born with extensive brain damage is now 31 years of age and has become a remarkably able and charming young man. He has a diploma in child care, is currently studying art, and has sold seven paintings from his first art exhibition. He recently ran a half marathon to raise money for charity.”

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A more detailed document written by Tracey Clewer is available for download – Scotson AFG39

Source: Clewer, T. 2011. How The Scotson Technique Can Help Children With Autism.

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