Our neurosensory program has been developed to provide treatment for individuals with Neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, dyslexia and learning disorders.  Neurodevelopmental Disorders are caused by disruptions in the brain which lead to delays, weaknesses and imbalances in the way a child’s brain and nervous system develops. These brain function deficits can affect a person’s emotions and memory as well as their ability to learn, socialize and maintain self-control.  They can be limited to learning, or they can be global and affect overall intelligence or social skills.   Neurodevelopmental Disorders have been on the rise over the last 2 decades and currently affect 1 in 6 children in the United States.  

Many children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders experience delays in reaching various developmental milestones and some never reach them. Children suffering from these disruptions may also have retained primitive reflexes, which should normally be inhibited by their first birthday. Not reaching these various developmental milestones or retaining primitive reflexes impedes the progress of development in the higher and more sophisticated areas of the brain. This results in poor motor development, socialization, and academic learning.  Children with these type of disorders also have difficulty processing sensory information as it comes into their brain.  Because they possess weaknesses, imbalances and faulty connections the sensory information coming into the brain can be very chaotic, disorganized and incomplete.  Therefore, this input is perceived as stressful and frustrating to the individual experiencing it. When the brain processes sensory messages poorly, inefficient or inappropriate motor, academic, or emotional output can result. This in turn results in poor motor, social, and academic skills.  

A major negative affect of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is that these children are often misunderstood at school and regarded as bad or disruptive students.  Usually they are simply acting out because they feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the chaotic nature of the sensory input they are dealing with each and every waking moment.  This can be compounded in a school like setting making the child feel even more overwhelmed.  By correcting retained primitive reflexes. Weak or absent postural reflexes and addressing weaknesses and imbalances between the sensory systems, we can change the sensory input that is causing unwanted physical and emotional behaviors.  This reduces the strain that can make learning so difficult for children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Studies show that many children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders suffer from chronic inflammation of the gut, a suppressed immune system, and toxicity.  The good news is that chiropractic care is known to support the immune system and when combined with proper nutrition and supplementation it can also promote detoxification and healing of the gut.  This is beneficial because the gut is where a majority of the immune system resides.  Specific chiropractic adjustments can also help restore a balance to the autonomic nervous system, which in turn helps many of these children who are stuck in sympathetic dominance or “fight or flight” mode.   This imbalance exists in these children because of the constant stress factors they struggle with due to their Neurodevelopmental Disorder.  Correcting this imbalance is a vital step towards calming and rebalancing the nervous system so that immune function is optimized thus allowing maximal healing to take place.  In short our combined use of chiropractic care, nutritional support and detoxification can help bring your child’s body and brain back into balance and begin to reverse the effects of their Neurodevelopmental Disorder.

Another big part of what we focus on is removing stressors from your child’s life by addressing developmental road blocks such as retained primitive reflexes, weak or absent postural reflexes and spinal subluxations.  Simultaneously we work to strengthen and develop the identified areas of weakness and/or imbalance using specific neurosensory integrative exercise programs and primitive reflex integration maneuvers in conjunction with proper nutrition and supplementation. The effect of addressing these contributing factors is that we are diminishing the chronic stress loads while at the same time developing proper neuropathways, the combination of which enables the proper development of both social and learning skills.  We also offer Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments, which enhance this process further by promoting healing at the cellular level.

At Ocean Wellness, Dr. Wassel applies comprehensive individualized treatment plans that include gentle chiropractic adjustments and manual therapies, nutritional guidance and supplementation, and specific neurosensory integrative exercise programs.  Through this combined focus Dr. Wassel helps to heal your child’s body, establish a balance in their gut and promote proper development of neuropathways essential for learning and motor function.  She employs special “brain exercises” to reprogram areas in the brain with weak or aberrant connections, which helps to develop, or properly regulate, the sensory processing system.  By addressing all areas that may be contributing to developmental delays and/or neurodevelopmental disorders, she helps your child attain the greatest level of neurological function they can so that they can reach their maximum potential physically, academically and socially.  This hands on approach provides a drug free option for promoting proper learning, good behavior, emotional stability and a healthy immune system all without the risk of unwanted side effects from medication.

Our goal at Ocean Wellness is to help as many children and families as possible.  Our Neurosensory program is primarily designed for this children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders but it is also ideal for helping to prevent cognitive decline or deficits after traumatic brain injuries such as concussions, strokes and encephalopathy.  Additionally, this program may benefit you if you have a neurodegenerative disorder such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.  For more information on our Neurosensory program please contact Dr. Tara Wassel at, or call (858) 792-7296.


Common conditions we work with include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Learning Disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental Delays: social, behavioral, and motor
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Concussions
  • Post Stroke Patients
  • Neurodegenerative disorders: Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s


Contributing Factors of Neurodevelopmental Disorders:

  • Birth Trauma: cesarean sections, forceps, suction devices, prolonged or rapid labor, induction, anesthetics
  • Environmental Exposures: pesticides, herbicides, neurotoxins in foods (dyes, preservatives, artificial sweeteners), household cleaning products, pollution
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Vertebral Subluxations