Colton came to us three years ago via the foster care system. On April 27th of this year, we gained full guardianship. In these almost three years, we've noticed certain deficiencies in his ability to learn and retain information. We’ve also noticed that Colton displays the following behaviors: hyperactive/anxious, impulsiveness, lack of emotional control, immature social behavior, poor nonverbal skills, and obsessive/repetitive behaviors. We've tried different medications thinking it was his hyperactivity causing a lack of focus. We have tried therapy. We have also had psychological and academic evaluations done to try to figure out how we could help Colton be successful. Nothing we have done so far has been much help.
We recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation and do some research on The Brain Balance Center of Columbia, MO. This program sounded very promising and claimed it could address many of the issues we were seeing in Colton. We made an appointment for the Brain Balance Center to do an assessment on Colton. The results show that Colton has areas of weakness in the following areas: Brain Dominance, Primitive Reflexes, Sense of Vision, Sense of Smell, Sensory Motor Skills, Rhythm and Timing, and Cognitive Ability. The Brain Balance Center recommended a program that would work with Colton for a total of 72 hours, three nights a week for six months. They would provide weekly sensory sessions, weekly cognitive sessions, nutritional plans, and daily at-home exercises to address his weaknesses.
Here is snip from The Brain Balance Center’s web page, “Brain Balance establishes a unique plan for each child that includes sensory motor work, eye tracking, core exercises, academic skill training, healthy nutrition and many other activities that work to bolster a child’s developmental deficits. What is unique is that Brain Balance brings all these activities together in one program, including monitoring and reporting on a child’s progress. It is a coordinated and systematic approach that is hard, if not impossible to find elsewhere. Many tell us that it’s the first time they have had a comprehensive, integrated plan that is set in place, tracked and reviewed for their child."
This is what is needed, we feel, to prepare him to be socially, emotionally and academically prepared for a future in which he can properly function in and succeed.
The problem with such a program is that it is not designed to diagnose and therefore, is not listed as medical. There is no doctor on site and they do not "code" anything medical. This is out of pocket and it breaks my heart that it can't be available to everyone who battles with children who are learning disabled or behind academically and socially. The total cost for him to attend such a specialized program is $12,024. This would be a godsend if we were able to send him through completion of this and see what is waiting to be unlocked. To see him understand his homework, not be awkward in social situations, have the ability to reason, and have impulse control would be the best gift we could give Colton. Please share this as much as you like and we ask and thank you for whatever you may be able to give.
Here is a direct link to The Brain Balance Center of Columbia should you decide to check them out. https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/locations/columbia/
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! -The Lane Family