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For years I’ve been asked to assess and treat developmentally disabled children, children with learning disabilities, as well as adults with learning disabilities. I found that the key to success in treating them is to focus on healing their hypothalamus. That’s because the hypothalamus is involved in the reward and reinforcement processes of learning and development, memory, and behavioral control.
Children who are exposed to high-stress environments, including infants who are separated from their mothers at birth, tend to develop hypersensitive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Sustained activation of the HPA axis can lead to impairments in learning and development as well as memory.
Therefore, early life experiences govern the expression of stress-related genes throughout life.
It’s vitally important that women in their reproductive years are hormonally balanced with optimal hypothalamic function. Their health affects their developing fetus. The hypothalamus plays an important role in early neurobehavioral development through its involvement in the developing stress reaction of the preterm infant and its communication with the prefrontal cortex.
While the brains of autistic children are no different in size than control children, their hypothalamus is smaller. The hypothalamic hormones oxytocin and vasopressin have been documented to support and regulate socio-emotional responses. Both oxytocin and vasopressin are often poorly expressed in autistic children.
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Excerpt from Hypothalamus Handbook