SOURCE: Brain and Body

June 12, 2012 07:00 ET

Brain and Body Expert Says: This Father's Day, Let Dad Do It

Global Expert Lynette Louise Shares Why Playing With Dad Is a Gift to His Autistic Child's Brain

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 12, 2012) - It's not uncommon in today's household to have two working parents. However, it is uncommon for dad to feel like an equal when it comes to raising the kids. Especially when a child in the family has been diagnosed with autism. Perhaps because mom feels like it's her job to step up to the plate or because it's often believed that maternal instinct will kick in and mom will know best. Whatever the reason, everyone is missing out. The child as much as the parents.

Father's Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the many gifts of dads. For the autistic child, those gifts will not only help to forge a happy childhood and fond memories of father-child activities but will also play a significant role in the potential healing of several of autism's many physiological challenges.

Global autism/brain expert Lynette Louise would like to share the whys and hows while offering the gift of intentional play. With humor and perhaps a quick game of catch, you can take advantage of these surprising truths:

Gross Motor Skills: Dads tend to play gross motor games, working out the child's balance and copying skills. It is extremely common for autistic people to have poorly developed cerebellums, weirdly wired mirror neurons and overactive basel ganglia in their brains. These games will actually encourage the proper growth, development and activity in these brain neurons. Also, playing them makes being together fun!

Blah, Blah, Blah: Dads are less inclined to talk about feelings and since that is one of the later learnings to come on line for autistic kids, the pressure is reduced and the connection created by actively engaging is born. In other words, not analyzing the depth of their feelings encourages them to express them!

Ally-Ooop: Dads love to throw their kids into the air. This is especially great for cerebellum healing. Much cheaper than a cerebellum chair and it does the same basic thing. It's fun and it's free!

Specific Games and their Healing Habits

Playing Catch... Great for depth perception and responding.
Chase Games... Great for focus and fun and spontaneous speech.

Nothing is as rewarding as watching your children grow and learn, especially when you see your part to play. Dads, be thrilled and inspired to play passionately with all of your children!

Lynette Louise raised eight children -- four of them were on the spectrum of autism. She was able to guide all but one out of autism and into independence. Lynette founded Brain and Body and now travels internationally, performing and speaking on the subject of autism and the efficacy of neurofeedback (biofeedback for the brain). She is the author of the inspirational and honest book MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism and host of the radio show A NEW SPIN ON AUTISM: ANSWERS! Her one woman musical comedy show CRAZY TO SANE raises awareness --and laughter --around the world.

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