A Processing Disorder (PD) is a condition in which the brain is inefficient at using and moving incoming information properly. Individuals affected with PD have a decreased ability to functions at optimal performance in life, resulting in lost productivity at work, school, home, and in their daily lives in general. Since 1 in 25 people are affected by PD, it is highly likely that you or someone you know is struggling unknowingly or silently with this disorder. Left untreated, PD that persists into adulthood can affect an individual's ability to succeed in marriage, work, parenting, and social activities.
Common signs of PD include difficulty following directions; learning and attention problems, overwhelm, frustration, anxiety, OCD, ADD/HD, poor self-esteem, social challenges, difficulty with communication, poor balance, clumsy, and uncoordinated; sensitivity to noises or sounds that seem unoffensive to others; and more.
PD is co-morbid with many other diagnoses such as LD, Dyslexia, ADD/HD, DD, ASD, OCD, ED, ODD, OCD, APD and a host of other “D’s”. Not everyone with PD has all of these D’s, but everyone with these D’s typically have PD, that’s why it’s the most pervasive. Millions of people are struggling in silence and don’t know about PD. We are here to spread the word about PD and how it affects people across the lifespan. MORE important, we are here to say that there is something that can be DONE!
SEE it, know what it is and how it is affecting your life. CHANGE, know that it’s about the brain and it can affect the mind and it’s not just you. DO, know that neuroplasticity is available to change your brain and your mind so that you can do more in your life.
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Julia Harper, Ph.D., MS, OTR/L is CEO and founder of Julia Harper Inc and TheraPeeds Family Center. She is an occupational therapist, expert in neuroplasticity, master brain trainer, master clinician and master coach, holding certifications in a myriad of brain and mind training techniques. She has focused on creating brain-based therapeutic programs that tap into neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and change. Her world-renowned therapy center offers a WAY to HOPE which merges her two models: HOPE (Harper’s Optimal Protocols for Enrichment) , that focuses on re-wiring the brain of those with PD, physiological, communication, learning and behavioral deficits and WAY (What About You), which retrains the mind to move beyond emotional and thought limitations. By using intensive methods, Dr. Harper’s treatments result in real change for real people who go on to live their lives beyond limitations.