"He is not ready for this." He is too immature." "This child needs to be medicated. " "He just doesn’t do well with others. " These were comments teachers were flooding me with when J. started the K4 program. I was either having to pick him up early from school because of his severe emotional breakdowns or at the end of the day when I would pick him up he would be in tears. I tell you the truth after completing K4 once and K5 twice, I don’t know who cried the most, J. or me.
So I went into research mode, using his symptoms to narrow down what I suspected to be the problem. When I presented the list to his pediatrician and I was told “that is not it, he just immature and will grown out of it.” But he was diagnosed with ADHD and given medicine so that the schools would allow him to stay. However, I continued with my research but it shifted from attempting to identify a specific condition to locating a facility that could assess and treat the obvious mental disconnect and other symptoms without medication. This is when I found Brain Balance. This center and the staff had truly been a lifesaver for me and my family. The positive dramatic internal and external changes that have occurred with J. were and are monumental. This organization took a little guy that had no self - awareness nor the ability to effectively communicate in groups and transformed him into a social butterfly. The child that once received the comments such as “This isn’t for him or he is not ready for this.” The child that could not grasp the idea of sounding out words and learning to read is now making new friends, attending social functions, making A’s and B’s in school, reading out loud and most of all loves himself and those around him.
The President of the United States and a host of other very influential people have gone on record to say that education is the best investment. I would like that to take a step further and emphasize that that comment should apply to programs such as those offered by Brain Balance. Some students and parents would never have the opportunity to invest in the collegiate system if it had not been for programs built out of pure concern and compassion to see those that would have normally been left out or left behind succeed.
We wish your organization much success and will forever be indebted.
The B. Family
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD, is a behavioral disorder that affects approximately 8 to 10% of children. If you suspect your child might have ADHD, a learning center in Charlotte can help him learn the skills he needs to succeed in school and in life. There are many myths surrounding ADHD and other behavioral issues that learning centers can help dispel. Keep reading to learn the facts about ADHD and how it can affect your child.
ADHD affects both boys and girls, though boys are about three times more likely to be diagnosed with this behavioral disorder. Reasons for this disparity are not yet known.
Children with ADHD may display a wide range of symptoms that do not always involve hyperactivity. Some children may be inattentive but not impulsive, while others are able to pay attention but are also hyperactive. The most common form combines all three of these symptoms: inability to pay attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Inattention may exhibit itself as making careless mistakes, difficulty following instructions, boredom, or being easily distracted. Children with hyperactive symptoms may be fidgety, talk excessively, or have a short temper.
Contrary to what some people believe, children with ADHD are not behaving badly on purpose or “acting out.” These children often try their best to be good, but simply cannot control their hyperactivity or inattention.
Over the last two decades many research studies have scrutinized brain function and development to answer the question: “ What is the root cause of ADHD?”. A large portion of research shows that children with ADHD have more fundamental problems leading to their trouble with executive functions. The majority of children with ADHD are struggling with their fine motor, sensory processing, sensory integration, coordination and social skills too. A child’s brain is not doing a number of tasks well when they have the symptoms of ADHD. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) maintains Pub Med, a wonderful resource for research in this area. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. Go there, search “ADHD and sensory integration” and see what pops up!
ADHD, Autism, Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities are related to each other in that in these disorders many functions are not installed at age level in the child’s brain. Often the functions on one side (hemisphere) aren’t as strong and close to age level. This imbalance of function between the two sides of the brain can leave the two halves of the brain under connected with each other. As a result, the brain literally becomes desynchronized or “out of rhythm‟. It is similar to an orchestra where each musician is playing at a different tempo, just a little bit off beat. The term used for this desynchronized brain is functional disconnection.
What to do?
The medications available, which help many children with the symptoms of ADHD for hours at a time, do not address the underlying cause. ADHD and other neurobehavioral disorders involve many deficits of function at once, but these dysfunctions do not mean damage or pathological disease.
To remedy a functional disconnect, the slower hemisphere (usually the right in children with ADHD) must be developed. Brain development happens from the bottom up. Just like a baby’s brain grows and develops through sensory input and body movement, targeting the slower hemisphere by doing specific, frequent, intensive and progressively challenging physical and sensory activities builds the platform upon which cognitive development grows. As a child’s sensory and motor skills become more age appropriate, so does their executive function. This means their behavior, academics and social skills improve.
A Lifelong Journey
One common myth about ADHD is that children will grow out of it as they get older. In fact, ADHD can continue into teenage years and adulthood, so it is best to seek solutions early and those that will address the root problem.
Sensory/motor and academic work designed for each child, targeting their individual deficits and targeting the side of the brain that has lower than age level functions is effective. Couple this with better nutrition, appropriate behavior strategies, more outdoor exercise and decreased “screen” (TV and computer) time and you have a powerful combination to help a child overcome ADHD and other challenges. This hemispheric model of improving children with ADHD is the approach used at Brain Balance Centers across the country. The book Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo, the founder of Brain Balance, is a guide that shows parents how to help their children overcome the challenges of ADHD. Brain Balance is available as a resource to the community for helping families and developing children with ADHD. www.brainbalancecarolinas.com
If you think your child may have ADHD, call Brain Balance Charlotte , 704-540-6363 Cornelius 704-655-1334 or Greenville 864-329-9933 We offer an individualized, brain-based approach to help your child improve his ability to focus, control impulses and learn.
Brain Balance is a class act, and my husband and I very highly recommend the program to any family whose child(ren) are experiencing difficulties in any of the areas along the ADHD- Autism Spectrum. It is well worth the fee, and the results are amazing!Lisa MarieParent
Celebration of firsts! First night of 2nd grade homework and first night we didn’t have frustration, tears, or anger. I realize it is early in the school year but any first is worth celebrating! We owe it all to the brain balance program!Kelly N.Parent
Brain Balance has taken time, but has returned to us the quality of life that was consumed by our son’s difficulties prior to this program. I highly recommend this program to any family who has a child who struggles. Now there is more room for my son to shine as he was meant to.Kelly G.Parent