What is it?
Brain Integration Therapy (BIT)is a very extensive 64-point program that goes deep inside the brain to make permanent changes in the way the body learns and memorizes items. BIT usually takes about 8 - 12 hours and can be done on children as well as adults.
Who benefits from it?
Anybody can benefit from it, however the most improvement will be with children and adults with specific learning issues such as ADD, ADHD, Dylexia, Spelling problems, Reading Problems, Coordination issues, Sensory Integration Issues, Visual Processing Issues, Auditory Processing issues, and other issues affecting learning and memory.
How old does a child have to be for BIT?
Although there is no age limit, some of the parts of the body (the visual system for example) are not fully developed until about 9 years old. Ideally a child should be evaluated and treated with BIT, if needed, around Kindergarten age. However, it is never to late to have BIT. People as old as 70 and children as young as 1 years old have received BIT and been delighted with it.
How is this different from traditional therapies?
BIT uses acupressure and applied kinesiology to go deep inside the brain to make permanent changes. The client does not go home and do any exercises in order to improve. Instead, the BIT therapist uses the brain in order to signal the changes. The body than gradually changes and adjusts to the new environment.
How long does it take?
In general BIT takes between 8 and 12 hours. With a younger child you might have maximum a 1 hour session, while with a teenager, the session can be as long as 4 hours and then a lunch break. For people with more severe issues it might take longer and/or the sessions might have to be shorter.
How long does the evaluation take?
The evalution usually takes about 25 minutes. During that time we evaluate things such as the corpus calloseum, logic and gestalt processing, visual processing, auditory processing, short term memory, long term memory, reading and reading comprehension, and stress in any of the learning areas. After the evaluation, we discuss the results and then we can start the correction right away.
My child has severe learning problems such as autism, can BIT help?
After the evaluation we would have a better idea of what the issues are. BIT can usually make improvements in certain areas, but if permanent brain damage has occured (sometimes due to lack of oxygen in the brain), those areas usually cannot always be re-activated. Each person is different and a full evaluation would provide the necessary information regarding the full benefit of BIT. Some of the areas that we would evaluate would be not just the basic BIT protocol but extensive vacination impact, allergies, intolerances, sensory issues, vitamins and minerals shortage, how the body processes the food intake, and how to reduce the impact of the toxins around them.
Is BIT permanent?
Once completed with BIT therapy and a person is integrated, they should not require regular tune-ups. Some of exceptions would be, an subsequent injury such as whiplash, severe emotional trauma, and a child too young to be completed integrated. Sometimes BIT is one of the tools to help heal the body and brain but several other tools are needed as well, such as cranial-sacral therapy, muscle activation therapy, severe allergy clearing, food and diet adjustments, and emotional clearing due to earlier trauma such as attachment issues.
I would like to know more about BIT before I start. Can I learn more specific information?
Yes. Purchase a book called Breaking the Learning Cycle by Susan McCrossin. This book gives a great overview of what the BIT process is all about and how exactly the brain gets re-wired. However, this book is not a self-help book for parents to perform BIT on their children. BIT has to be performed by a trained and certified BIT Therapist.
I have heard of a ADD/ADHD gene, can BIT help with that?
Some people carry the DRD4-exon III Gene (or commonly referred to as the DRD4 gene or the DaVince trait). This gene, when activated can often cause behaviors classified as ADD/ADHD. People with this active gene tend to "check out" from time to time and turn more inward into the Theta wave causing parents/spouses/teachers to consider them ADD/ADHD. BIT can help with managing this behavior, allowing them to function better in this world.
My child is on Ritalin, should I take him off?
That is a decison to be made in combination with you, your child, and your healthcare professional. However, what often happens after BIT integration, as the brain has been rewired, Ritalin and similar drugs are no longer effective and no longer needed.
What can I do right now to help my child who has trouble with focus and attention?
Schedule him or her for a BIT evalution and integration. Also, ensure your child gets plenty of physical activity (especially un-organized physical activities) such as running around, playing, catch, bicycling, swimming, etc. Buy a trampoline, even a small one can often provide some relief for your child. Ensure only one child is on the trampoline and there is padding around it. If it is a school day, consider having him/her run around the block, perform jumping jacks, etc. prior to breakfast. Some school are now implementing physical exercises prior to reading in order to activate parts of the brain needed for learning and memorization (BDNF).
Allow him/her plenty of downtime by limited organized activities. Let him free play, build things of Lego's, draw, sketch, play in the dirt, or even curl up in the corner of the room with books to look at. It is important that kids like these have daily "downtime" of paying attention and focus. Let her dream and explore in her mind. Some of the greatest artists and inventors spend more time daydreaming that actually producing things.
Look at your child's diet. What does he/she like to eat and drink? Is it healthy? Do they get enough fresh fruit and vegetables? Do they drink a lot of soda's? Eat a lot of diet products? Do they take supplements? Try to start limiting fast food and soda's and increase healthier choices.
Watch a DVD called: How difficult can this be? By Richard Lavoie. It is a great DVD that highlights the issues that children with learning issues face everyday.
How does diet and nutrition play in ADD/ADHD behavior?
It is definitely documented that diet and nutrition play a huge role in ADD/ADHD behavior. Think about what your child is eating for breakfast and lunch. Is is mostly sugar and carbohydrates? Are their proteins? Fresh fruit? Vegetables? Does it contain a lot of preservatives? Dyes? Does your child drink a lot of soda's or sugary drinks? Do they self-medicate with caffeine drinks? All these things can contribute to more ADD/ADHD type behavior.
If you are concerned about it, read an excellent article and book ADD, Nutrition Solution.
Also supplements are often helpful such as a good multi-vitamin, DMAE, Flaxseed Oil, and Zinc are just a few examples of supplements that are known to help the brain function better. For more information click on Basic Health, Learning & Attention. for more information on supplements for learning and attention.
What kind of help or therapy does my child need after BIT integration?
It depends on the child and the child's age. If they are young, more than likely no other therapy associated with BIT is required. However, if the child is much older and has had issues with school, a tutor might be in order. After BIT integration is completed, it will be much easier for the child to learn and remember, making it more fun and therefore they are more inclined to do the work.
If the child has had early trauma (adoption, PTSD, physical abuse, etc.), other modalities might have to be pursued after BIT in order to reduce all the trauma.
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