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Richmond Brain Balance offers hope for special needs kids

April is National Autism Awareness Month and it's a great time to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with autism. Special needs kids require a little extra help, and parents are always searching for the best possible chances of success.

Brain Balance is making a difference for kids like Aidan with autism.
With permission Lisa Ann Setchel

The Brain Balance program

Lisa Ann Setchel knows all too well how difficult it is to manage autism. Her son, Aidan, has autism. Fortunately for Aidan and his mother, they have found a resource that has made a tremendous difference in their lives. Lisa Ann enrolled Aidan in the Brain Balance program this year.

Brain Balance is a specialized achievement center that integrates cognitive, sensory-motor, and nutritional training for a drug-free, whole-child approach. It addresses the underlying issues in many behavioral, developmental, and learning disorders that plague so many children today.

Lisa Ann explains, "When you have a child with special needs, you will do anything and pay anything to get him well. You do reach a point where you think it’s time to say NO because [you] just can’t afford it - and the truth is everyone gets a different level of results with everything." But Lisa Ann was determined to find the right help for her son.

Lisa Ann is excited about the improvements and changes she's seen in Aidan since beginning the Brain Balance program. She explains, "I have my moments where I allow myself to wonder what he would’ve been like if autism had never happened to my son. But for the most part, I just love him for every little piece I get to have of him. I am thankful for the people who have shared what worked for their children and so I return the favor by telling anyone who’ll listen what works for mine - like Brain Balance."

Lisa Ann is excited to see her son trying new foods without spitting them out, saying thoughtful sentences with interesting descriptions, and asking spontaneous questions. They recently had a 20-minute conversation that Lisa describes as "a tropical vacation with a beautiful breeze and the most perfect scenery in the world. It was magical." Although Aidan was struggling at times to get the thoughts out of his head and put them into words and sentences, he did it!

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.

Visit the Brain Balance website to learn more or visit the Richmond center for a tour and consultation.

Learn about TACA

Lisa Ann also recommends visiting a TACA Now (Talk About Curing Autism) meeting where you will find lots of local support and resources. TACA is the organization that helps families navigate available resources and chart the journey of an autistic child.

The upcoming Richmond TACA meeting is scheduled:

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Brain Balance Achievement Center (15833 City View Drive, Midlothian, VA 23139)

Program highlights include:

  • Serious opportunity for question and answer
  • Brain Balance program overview

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.