As many of you know, Brady was diagnosed with Asperger's (an Autism Spectrum disorder) and Sensory Processing Disorder. We have had a long road trying to get help for Brady since his diagnosis in 2011. I could go on and on about all of the struggles, but many of you already know them. Unfortunately, in our area, there are not many resources available nor is there a cure. He has seen many professionals in an attempt to manage the symptoms, but the main solution offered was to use medications with frightening side effects. In an effort to "help" him, I gave in and he has been on medications for the last 3 1/2 years. These medications do not treat any medical condition he has, but attempts to treat symptoms and allow him to get through a school day. No medication has been very successful in helping improve his symptoms and school has always been a horrible experience for Brady. This last school year was very damaging to Brady in so many ways. The progress we had made over the last few years was basically erased and we are experiencing regressive behaviors as well as some newly emerging ones.
With everything we have done, there is one therapy we haven't tried due to the out of pocket cost: Brain Balance. It has been recommended by several people, including his pediatrician and Occupational Therapist. Brain Balance uses an integrated approach using sensory motor activities, academic activities as well as nutrition guidance.
This really is a last chance therapy for Brady. I really feel this could help to improve his quality of life. However, this therapy is not covered by insurance and it is completely out of pocket. The cost for this program is $6000 after the $295 assessment. Unfortunately, we do not have $6295 available. Any amount would be appreciated to help us reach our goal.
- Sandy Golden
- Lori McKelvey
- Patty Percha
- Local 135 C
- Nathan Loring
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