Perspective on Labels
Since Brain Highways is an educational program, as opposed to medical intervention, we are never involved in making or challenging any diagnosis or concurrent treatment (which may include medication). Our program results are not affected by either, so there is never a conflict of interest whereupon parents feel pressured to make some kind of choice.
That being said, we sometimes hit a temporary roadblock if parents believe that a current Brain Highways goal is impossible because their child has been diagnosed with (fill in the name). Time and time again, we prove how characteristic behaviors of a label are not etched in stone.
In fact, we sometimes quickly make this point by using a creative Brain Highways technique that enables the child to willingly comply with whatever was being asked. Such demonstrations always jar parents’ previous perceptions because they truly thought their child did the negative behavior because of the autism, the ADD or whatever diagnosis the child was given. When such immediate change is observed, we point out that the child’s prior behavior was either not related to the diagnosis, or we’ve just instantly cured the child (and we’re of course joking when we say the latter).
Some of our participants do actually “lose” their label when professionals who are independent of Brain Highways re-evaluate these children. In such cases, the qualifying behaviors that were once the basis for the original diagnosis are simply no longer present after the brain organization was complete.