I’m Ruth Murray, erstwhile nurse (BSN, Creighton University) former homeschooling mom, and now therapist, teacher and advocate for holistic methods of addressing all sorts of less-than-optimum brain function. In my private practice and classes, wonderful stories emerge of people no longer held back by former difficulties. I’ll cover all sorts of topics here: risk factors; techniques to help with parenting, learning, healthy aging, or just living; studies about how all this came about and what helps; and different programs that help these.
A three dimensional pyramid provides “ah-ha!” insights into both causes and solutions for some of the most difficult problems we face today. Individuals, families, and society increasingly find themselves struggling with mental health issues, neuro-development disorders and learning disabilities.
Individuals, families, professional groups, and schools are heroically working to address these problems. However, most seem to be either coping mechanisms or adaptations on an individual basis — including pharmaceutical intervention. I’m not totally anti-medication on a temporary basis, but it’s got terrible problems as a permanent solution. We search for more permanent solution for diabetes like pancreas transplants rather than daily doses of insulin. I’ve found more permanent, holistic and preferably inexpensive ways to help people with
- autism spectrum
- Intermittent Explosive Disorder
- anger management
- stress management
- trauma recovery
- post-concussion problems
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities
- eating disorders
- low muscle tone
- reading, spelling, handwriting, coordination disorders
- poor organization
- bonding, adoptive, and RAD concerns
- people who love math/despair at language arts; or vice versa
- dreamy/spacey kids
- those young people having difficulty launching into adulthood (particularly young men)
— and that’s just for starters! Even people who don’t have or need diagnoses — but would appreciate learning easier and faster, enriching marriage and communication, or living with fewer obstacles in their lives — benefits from holistic therapies that promote neurological connections within the brain.
The key is to target our efforts in the right place. Tutoring, accommodations, etc are effective but so much so if the underlying problem is addressed. Now, we can. Stay tuned!