As humans there is one thing that we all typically enjoy: praise. Not all of us like to be in the lime light but if we can get praise for things that we do it tends to be a pretty positive experience. That is also true of what we do in the center. We love to work with the children and their families and watch the progress as it unfolds. We also love being able to look at where a child started and look at the child when they have fully completed the program. In that situation the difference tends to pretty stark. But the important thing isn’t if we at the center see change. The important thing is the parents see change. We like to have parents write-up a description of their experiences so we can share it with other families. Recently a few of those stories made it up on our national site. These are pretty typical outcomes and it sure does feel good bringing that level of change! The link to a few of these stories can be found below.
Ok, the New Year is a few days old. However, many people have made New Years resolutions and a good deal have already broken them or haven’t even started. A common resolution revolves around losing weight or getting into the gym. One would assume that the gyms would see the largest increase the first week of January. However, we all tend to procrastinate a bit and actually the biggest increase in gym activity is not typically seen until February. (What a bunch of slackers!) The point here is that if you have not started on your resolution don’t feel like you have already failed. There is still time. But once you begin don’t give up. Often times it is too easy to quit. In the case of gym activity, most have given up already by the end of February.
A common resolution for parents is to address a childs struggles. If you are a parent hoping to make 2012 the year your child makes huge strides let us help you. We can make a world of difference for a child and their family. This is a resolution that is too important to let fail.
Speaking of our center, parents have recently been posting about their experience at our center on our ‘google places’ page.( see link below) There are some great stories and experiences. When you have a chance take a look, it may be the bit of inspiration you need to get started on those nagging resolutions!
The human brain has the amazing ability to change. What also can change is our view of the brain itself. It wasn’t long ago that the commonly held belief maintained that the brain didn’t change much after childhood. Now we have come to understand that the brain is continuously changing and is able to adapt. One main principle of the Brain Balance program is that different disorders originate from different areas of the brain being under connected or under activated. The second major principle is that the brain is able to change in a beneficial manner through specific stimulation such as sensory/motor and cognitive exercises. Below is a link to a recent story of how Senator Gifford has been able to overcome her brain injuries resulting from the gunshot wound earlier this year. It is an amazing story but it highlights how change can take place even when severe damage is present. If that much change can take place when there is damage, imagine the potential when there is no damage, such as with a child in the Brain Balance Program!
It’s that time of year again that parents dread. No, I am not talking about the time of year that leads do a child eating an entire pillow case full of candy. And no I am not talking about raking leaves. Its time for report cards and parent meetings! For some those create more fear than any scary movie. If the major uptick in call volume at our center due to those wanting to start the program is any indication many of those meetings are not going as well as hoped. Attached below is a link to our national site. On the page you will find helpful hints for parents that need help getting back on track. Word to the wise: If the report was not good, do something because the next report card is only weeks away.
It is not uncommon to hear people say they don’t watch the news because it is only ‘bad’ news. Thus, the phrase ‘if it bleeds it leads’. However, that is not always the case, there are plenty of good stories as well. For example, tonight a local CBS station(WRAL Raleigh) is doing a segment on something very good: The Brain Balance Center of Cary! Below is a link to a write-up on the segment. If you are local and able to watch it will air at the end of the 5 o’clock news on WRAL.
As I pointed out in the last post below it isn’t all that uncommon for parents of a child that has a learning disability to take a wait and see attitude. The thought process is that things are not that bad and things will correct themselves. Below is a link to another blog that contains some good statistics as to why you should not wait if a child is struggling. The upshot is that statistically things do not improve on their own.
There are days that it seems that the entire word is lying to us. However, sometimes the biggest lies are those that we tell ourselves. Conveniently, we don’t call it a lie, we simply call it an explanation. For example, on the mornings that I decide to step on the family scale and the reading comes back 5 lbs heavier than what I was expecting, a typical explanation is “The kids have been playing with the scale” or “Those batteries must be getting low”. My first instinct is to discredit by way of explanation rather than simple acceptance. When you boil it all down I am lying to myself and I am indeed 5 lbs heavier than I thought. ( Who would have guessed that lack of exercise combined with hearty meals would lead to weight gain? They haven’t studied that correlation have they?) When it comes to our children we tend to be less than honest with ourselves as well. How many parents overestimate their childs athletic abilities for example? (One of the biggest issues facing coaches of youth sports is parents and their views of their childs contributions to the team. ) At the Brain Balance of Cary one of the lies we see parents tell themselves before seeking help is: “The child is fine, they just need some time to catch up” or “A new tutor/teacher will help them round the corner”. Often these are the parents of a child with a learning disability. It can be easier to avoid reality because in the case of learning disabilities the difficulties can appear less severe. The less severe the issue, the easier it is to create an excuse. However, that level of denial only puts off the inevitable, which is accepting the childs limitations and addressing them appropriately. Below is a link to a web site for a non-profit that provides resources pertaining to health. This particular page is addressing learning disabilities. It is a good resource since it discusses such things as dyslexia and processing disorders and gives examples of how they may appear in a child. Additionally, it discusses how the brain is at the center of these issues and it highlights how the brain is able to change due to neuroplacticity. If someone has read much about Brain Balance it should sound very familiar.
Now if you excuse me, I have to go buy some new batteries for a bathroom scale….