Sunday, February 17, 2008

Disabilities in Children/ Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, PDD, Dyslexia, Processing Disorders

Back in October of 2007 I was fortunate enough to find a fantastic job. I work for a company called Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Our main goal is helping children with disabilities better themselves so that they can have a better life.

Although I was skeptical about the program, at first, I decided to listen and learn more about the company. The more I learned the more it all made sense to me. After teaching for so many years in the public schools I, too, thought things like Aspergers or ADHD weren't curible. I have learned since the start of my new job, as the Center Director, that it's not true at all.

I have watched quite a few children go through our program and come out successful. I have watched severly autistic children start talking and making eye contact with in a 12-24 week time frame. I have watched children drop off their ADHD medication and begin to excel in school. I have watched children with Dyslexia turn their reading problems into something of the past. I have watched my son go through the program and after 6 weeks on the program tell me he likes himself more (this from a child who never liked himself) and I have watch several children come in as Aperger's children and leave no longer fitting the criteria for a child with Asperger's. It's truly an amazing program.

People often call the facility with such doubt, but we understand. It sounds too good to be true! We know most of you have tried everything and nothing has worked. We know your child is on medications and you wish they weren't. Sometimes we get such sad and heartfelt calls regarding children and their diabilites. We want to help you, but its hard to convince people that we do get results.

Our progam, for those who may be curious, revolves around the hemispheres of the brain. It seems that children with neurobehavioral disorders (Autism,Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing Disorders) all have parts of the brain that work slower then other parts of the brain, which in the end causes these children to have difficulties in things like socializing, learning, behavior, etc.

I love my job because I finally get to watch children succeed in a way you don't normally see happen. I get to be apart of a team of people who care about the welfare of children. I get to be one of the first people to talk to children with Autism and I get to hear their first words. I get to listen to the children who are on ADHD medication tell me they feel better off their medication now and I get to hear older children, with Aspergers, say "thank you" for helping me. I also get the pleasure of listening to the parents of these children and how thankful they are for everything we have done for their child. Its the most amazing job!