Wednesday 30 October 2013
BDNF: My Final Stand!
Until science can definitively tell me otherwise I believe I stand on firm ground with respect to the benefits of exercise for kids with autism. I was focusing solely on the idea that BDNF promotes neurogenesis and that was it.
I sent an email to Dr. John Ratey the author of SPARK asking a question about BDNF and ASD. Part of his answer was:
"BDNF is a general fertilizer, has effects everywhere-- we can say it reduces depression and anxiety, combats stress— all important in special needs kids of all sorts and of course promotes learning" (John Ratey, personal communication)
This works for me!
The more I think about the importance of exercise and the overall benefits derived from it the more I need to promote exercise for kids with special needs.