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“Driven to Distance: A Sensory Journey Through Autism”

Dear Families of Children having Autism Spectrum Disorders,
With unyielding passion of heart, mind, and soul you embrace your children empowering their growth and development. You are determined to prevent your children from being “Driven to Distance”, pursuing biological, environmental, and spiritual avenues developing brain connections that have a profound impact upon your children’s ability to love, grow, and interact with others. You nurture their capacity for feelings and attachment, which are very necessary steps toward thought and language. You embrace that the brain learns and environment plays a powerful role in affecting biology and developing children’s potential. You are truly great explorers of new territory, querying the map of billions of chemical “letters” that make up human DNA. You challenge what turns genes on/off and what drives this process. Advances in neuroscience have helped us to better understand the role of biological sensory pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorders, that for multiple underlying reasons, are overexcited (too many switch-ons) and/or overinhibited (too many switch-offs). The brain learns and sensory pathways can be developed. YOUR LOVE, FORTITUDE, AND YOUR CHILDREN’S GROWTH ARE EVIDENCE OF THE POWER OF HUMAN POTENTIAL. 
This song is for you.
We chose music/song, very sensory resonating avenues, to share what the children have expressed to us in over 30 years of clinical work with them and watching them grow. This composition reflects many of children’s own words describing their sensory experiences, from which they are “Driven to Distance” and also reflects “Peaceful Rhythms” aiding development. As you listen to this composition, may it resonate within you echoing the children’s expressions of “Distance” and also echo “Peaceful Rhythms” that can guide their health. As you view the spectrogram movie of the composition, may you sense the dysrhythmic overexcitation-overinhibition reflecting sensory storms, Driving Distance, and sense peaceful rhythms, guiding Sensory Harmony and Health.

Throughout your exploration of your children’s growth and development we wish you a continued journey filled with wonder, excitement, and smiles on your children’s faces reflecting loving hearts, peaceful souls, and thoughtful minds. Your children’s growth is evidence of the power of brain growth and the power of human potential. We always look forward to seeing the children and journeying with you.


Dr. Val Scaramella-Nowinski: Pediatric Neuropsychology
Founder, Pediatric Neuropsychology Autism Initiative; “Driven To Distance” Lyrics

Chad W. Konchak “Driven to Distance” Music composer and Guitar/Vocals
We Wholeheartedly Thank: Jason Mann – Bass, Elizabeth Olsen – Cello, Cynthia Berecz - Vocals, Suvo Sur – Mix, Recording, and Arrangements, and Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) - Alex Doman, Founder and CEO, and Greg Lawrence- Audio Engineer- Visual Composition (www.advancedbrain.com), for their artistic talents and kindred spirits in touching the lives of the children.

Lyrics by Valerie Nowinski, Psy.D.
Music by Chad William Konchak

I Know You Sense My Love in My Body
You Sense Warmth 
You Sense the Rhythms of My Heartbeat 
The Rhythm of My Breathing
I Yearn to Hold You in My Arms 
Cradling You in Safety and Love 
I Watch You so Closely I Hold You so Gently 
I Sense Your Stillness I Sense the Storm of Sensitivity 
You are being Driven to Distance amidst Our Love
I Watch You Spin I Watch You Flap 
I Hear You Echo 
You Startle You Stare You are Driven to Distance 
Your Senses Overwhelm You Repeated Behaviors Keep You Locked Up 
A Sensory Storm Robotic Stillness to Explosion 
Wishing You Peaceful Rhythms 
Guiding Quiet Sounds Gentle Touch 
Calm Movement Soothing Taste 
Eyes Looking at Me Your Loving Spirit 
No Longer Driven to Distance 
Safe in My Arms with Love with Harmony 
With Peaceful Rhythms 
Rain Sounds like Boulders 
Breathing Vibrates within You 
Words Echo Recording with Speeds so Slow so Fast 
You Can’t Make Sense of What People are Saying 
Used to Think You Couldn’t Hear 
You Couldn’t Make Sense of the Sounds 
Lights are Blinding Full of Darkness 
You Startle You Stare Sometimes 
Your Eyes Don’t Move at All Your Eyes Dart All Over Lost in Distanced Vision 
Touch of Absent or Painful Sensations 
Robotic Movements Motionless or Chaotic 
Panic Startle Paralyzed Anxiety

Wishing You Peaceful Rhythms 
Guiding Quiet Sounds Gentle Touch 
Calm Movement Soothing Taste
Eyes Looking at Me Your Loving Spirit 
No Longer Driven to Distance 
Safe in My Arms with Love with Harmony 
With Peaceful Rhythms
The World Seems so Novel 
So New with Every Sensation 
Such Robotic Memory for Details 
Such Difficulty Remembering 
Words Expressions Gestures Touch 
Out of Synch Sensations 
Driving You to Distance 
I Know You Need to Sense Peace 
Hear My Voice 
See My Gestures Feel My Affection 
All with Peaceful Rhythms and Repetition 
Moving in Harmony With You 
I am Always With You 
You Can Learn and Grow 
Sensing Peaceful Rhythms 
Repetitive Sensations Resonating in Harmony 
I Will Always Embrace You 
And Hold You with Comfort Over and Over 
The World Will Not Seem so 
New so Novel then Hearing Seeing 
Tasting Touching Feeling Breathing Growing 
With Peaceful Rhythms 
Guiding Your Gentle Spirit 
Your Journey Back to Me Less Driven to Distance 
In Harmony with Each Other

This spectrograph is a visual representation of sound modulation reflecting excitation, “switching on”, and inhibition, “switching off”.

Presentations (all presentations can be viewed through PowerPoint)
Physical Development
Attention Brain
Brains Have It
Blue Cap Autism Conference
Brain Based Learning
Brain Scan to Lesson Plan
Driven to Distance and the Road Back
Infancy and Early Childhood Development
Prenatal Development
Scaffolding Children

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