April is National Autism Awareness Month and it's a great time to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by children and parents everywhere. Special needs kids require a little extra help, and parents are always searching for the best possible chances of success.
All children on the autism spectrum are different. That makes it even more difficult to find the right help for each individual child.
Learn about Brain Balance
Lisa Ann Setchel knows all too well how difficult it is to manage autism. Her son, Aidan, has autism. But fortunately for Aidan and his mother, they have found a resource that has made a tremendous difference in their lives.
Lisa Ann explains, "I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the last year, what changes we’ve seen and how much of autism’s butt we’ve kicked. Well, it’s been a good year for Aidan, but adolescence has arrived, so really, how good could it be? You think it sucks for a normal kid? Throw in autism and you are truly looking at a crapstorm. For [autistic] kids, there’s usually a lapse in cognitive growth and the appearance of more symptoms will usually surface around now."
She goes on to say, "We decided to commit to Brain Balance this year. It is a commitment. It means treatments three times a week and home exercise every other day. I stress that because I think of it like a 10K. You want to finish that race don’t ‘cha? Well, then, you have to train. We’ve made headway each year and there’s no way we won’t make some more. So we are trying Brain Balance now."
How it works
Like lots of parents, Lisa Ann has discovered that Brain Balance is the right choice for her son. The professionals at Brain Balance help children with autism reach new levels of success - and happiness. They do it in multiple ways that begins with a sensory motor assessment and a cognitive exam.
This triggers the process of developing a detailed report of your child's evaluation. The assessment creates the roadmap on how Brain Balance may be able to help. The personalized report provides an understanding of your child's skills in three key areas:
Another aspect of therapy in addition to sensory motor, cognitive, and academic activities includes bio-nutrition management. This therapy combines diet and nutrition.
Lisa Ann explains Brain Balance treatment this way, "If your left leg is injured, your right leg becomes stronger and in turn, without some rehab on that injured leg, the right one becomes the dominant and well, you see where I’m going. The brain is similar in its workload. If the left is stronger, how are you going to build up that right side to get the two working in conjunction? Ultimately that’s what they do at Brain Balance. Between vision therapy of sorts, core strengthening, opposite side stimulation, forcing those two to get along repeatedly and then some more stuff, you actually start seeing results. Brain Balance has been an amazing journey for us."
April is National Autism Month and it's a good time to check out the Brain Balance Center near you and discover what they may be able to do for your child.
Learn about TACA
Lisa Ann also recommends visiting a TACA meeting where you will find support and resources. TACA is the organization that helps families navigate available resources and chart the journey of an autistic child. There are TACA locations throughout the country. Click here to find one near you.
You will also find plenty of ways to support TACA events, volunteer, and become part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of children every day.