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Brain Balance Achievement Centers: Play Date Tips for a Child with Social Struggles


Brain-Balance-Achievement-Centers-Play-Date-Tips-for-a-Child-with-Social-StrugglesOne of the biggest challenges of parenting children with social struggles is worrying that they’ll be socially isolated. You know that your child has a huge heart, a silly side and a lot of interesting ideas, but will the other kids in her class realize that? Organizing small, controlled play dates is the perfect way for your child to build social skills, make new friends and enjoy all the fun of childhood.

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Brain Balance Achievement Centers: How Prenatal Diet Affects Your Child's Development


Brain-Balance-How-Prenatal-Diet-Affects-Your-Childs-DevelopmentIt has been known for many years that the diet of a pregnant woman affects the growth of her baby. This research is ongoing, and some interesting links have been discovered between prenatal nutrition and childhood development.

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Brain Balance Achievement Centers: Executive Functioning - Building an Eternal Clock


Brain-Balance-wondertime-clock-2017 Children who struggle with executive functioning often have trouble dealing with abstract concepts. This weakness can affect everything from forming friendships to understanding history lessons, but there’s another big abstraction you deal with on a daily basis: time.

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Brain Balance Achievement Centers: Executive Functioning Explained


Brain-Balance-Executive-Functioning-ExplainedWhen your child is having trouble in school, it can be heartbreaking to watch. You want what’s best for them, of course, and knowing that six to eight hours of the day are difficult is hugely frustrating — especially when you’re not sure how to help. It can be equally dismaying to hear jargon and acronyms thrown around if you’re not sure what they mean.

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Brain Balance Achievement Centers Guiding Students with Sensory Processing Disorder to Academic Success


Brain-Balance-Guiding-Students-with-Sensory-Processing-Disorder-to-Academic-SuccessSensory processing disorder (SPD) can be experienced in different ways, making it particularly challenging to manage for parents and teachers. Some children experience hypersensitivity while others have hyposensitivity. For a few, they might have both.

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Brain Balance Achievement Centers: Five Non-Traditional Sports for a Child with Social Issues


Brain-Balance-Achievement-Centers-Five-Non-Traditional-Sports-for-a-Child-with-Social-IssuesEvery child needs exercise, but every parent knows that scheduling the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day isn’t easy. The challenge is magnified when your child doesn’t like or struggles to participate in the group sports and activities most schools provide. Soccer, baseball, hockey and cheerleading aren’t for everyone. Kids who are easily distracted, uncoordinated, shy or don’t enjoy team environments may prefer one of these five ideas for fun and exercise that help to limit the anxiety that can result from forced group participation:

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Brain Balance Achievement Centers: Winter Tips for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder


Brain-Balance-Achievement-Centers-Winter-Tips-for-Kids-with-Sensory-Processing-DisorderTransitioning between seasons can be tough for any child, but for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), the arrival of winter can be particularly difficult. With a new season comes a whole slew of new feelings, each of which may be overwhelming and uncomfortable for anyone with a sensory integration dysfunction. Luckily, there are some steps that parents can take to minimize the seasonal transition. The following tips can help ensure kids with sensory issues feel as comfortable and secure as possible during the winter.

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Brain Balance: Common Food Triggers of Behavioral Issues


Brain-Balance-Common-Behavior-Triggers-FoodChild behavior and food have been found to be closely linked. Studies show that certain foods can cause or at least worsen behavioral issues like ADHD and other learning disorders. While changing a child’s diet might seem like a daunting task at first, many parents end up feeling relieved when they see positive changes in their child’s behavior, because it could reduce the need for medication and other treatment options. For this reason, parents whose children have behavioral disorders should consider this list of common food triggers of behavior problems.

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What is Brain Balance?


brain-balance-SFThe brand is generating a lot of buzz with teachers and parents all over Northwest Indiana, but what exactly goes on at Brain Balance? Results are seen in classrooms and in homes as well. When a relative or friend comments on a child’s progress, it's easy to say, “Brain Balance helped her.” But what goes on in each session at the facility to produce results?

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3 Tips for Working with Oppositional Defiance in Teens


Brain-Balance-Tips-for-Working-with-Oppositional-Defiance-in-TeensAt first glance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) may sound like your average teenager: defiant, argumentative and irritable. However, ODD becomes a classifiable disability when a child shows behaviors that are repeatedly and chronically disruptive or vindictive, and that interfere with their daily life. How should parents and teachers best address these behaviors, which can often escalate quickly? The following series of steps will help limit ODD episodes, which are ultimately about the child gaining control of a situation, and not necessarily acting out.

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Brain Balance Affiliations: Dr Robert Melillo


Brain-Balance-Affiliations-Dr-Robert-MelilloIn the early 1990’s Dr. Robert Melillo began seeing a marked increase in children with learning and behavioral issues visiting his practice. Parents were concerned and desperate to help their children. This was the beginning of a long and passionate journey for Dr. Melillo as he developed the Brain Balance Program.

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