Parents seeking solutions for kids struggling with learning or behavior issues may find additional support through a new center in Okemos.
Brain Balance of Lansing
began welcoming students last November to their 3,000-square foot, multi-room facility at 2325 Jolly Road. The achievement center franchise provides programs to children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, and disorders related to behavior, sensory processing or learning. The Brain Balance program
addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training, stimulation, and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines, and is completely drug-free.
"Our program is always individualized," says Carole Woodward, owner of Brain Balance Lansing. "Children start at their level of functioning and have a positive experience here. We set them up to succeed."
Brain Balance students commit to 36 one-hour sessions over three months with about five to 10 minutes of home-based daily exercises during and after the program. Students divide their time between academic and sensory activities with ongoing support provided for up to 12 months following their graduation from the program.
"We don't just take care of symptoms," says Woodward. "We take care of the issues by focusing on the root of the child's problem."
Brain Balance of Lansing is among 75 achievement centers across the U.S., including centers in Kalamazoo and Birmingham, Mich. About 20 students age 5 through 18 are currently enrolled at the Okemos center, and are served by Woodward, her business partner Patrick Rowley, and five staff.
Brain Balance was founded a decade ago by Robert Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist and researcher. Melillo is also the author of "Disconnected Kids," a book that outlines the approach used through his learning franchise.
Source: Carole Woodward, Owner, Brain Balance of Lansing
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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