First of all I would like to say thank you for visiting my page. Even if you choose not to donate I hope that you leave this page knowing that there are other options to help children that are on the autism spectrum and that you find joy in helping them anyway you can to their full potential and see what a beautiful gift they truly are to this world.
Since the time that Levi could walk I knew there was something unique about him. As he grew and the years passed everyday seemed to be a struggle when it came to his behavior. It was as if his mind was on fire and there was no water to put it out…ever. Levi was constantly getting into trouble at school and being sent home from daycare. Normal disciplinary actions seemed pointless and as a single mom I began to feel like I was failing him. Some days it seemed like he was a superhero and had no control over his super powers.
Last year Levi was diagnosed the ADHD and aspergers. I was relieved to finally start a path for his well being. However, I did not want his diagnoses to become a label. I knew he just needed help to grow and now I could finally start looking for answers. As much as family and friends pushed, medications were not an option. After all, my son has the potential to be a super hero. I did not want to take his powers away, I just wanted to teach him how to control them.
My babysitter had told me about the Brain Balance achievement centers. Their goal is to help children build up motory and sensory development in the brain. Here is the history statement from their website:
In 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.
Dr. Melillo’s research and extensive clinical experience led him to understand disorders like ADHD, Dyslexia, processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders as manifestations of an underlying problem in the brain called Functional Disconnection Syndrome. This imbalance in brain development was the common thread between all these learning and behavioral issues. He knew, based on the science of neuroplasticity, that if he designed a program that could effectively stimulate the weaker hemisphere of the brain, it could, in fact, grow and develop new and stronger neural connections. In turn, this would remediate the many symptoms associated with these learning and developmental disorders. Dr. Melillo did just that. He developed a cutting-edge approach by integrating three key pillars of brain development: sensory motor stimulation, cognitive stimulation and nutrition.
In 1994, Dr. Melillo began implementing his novel approach to helping children with learning and developmental disorders in his own practice. He went on to spend the next twelve years further refining the program. His goal was to design a highly effective, drug-free program that could counter the rapid rise of ADHD, Learning Disabilities, ASD and other similar developmental disorders.
Once Dr. Melillo validated the efficacy of his program, he felt compelled to make it available to as many children as possible. He wanted to offer a model that was replicable and accessible to the many families so desperately seeking hope and real help. He saw a need for a solution that did not rely on medication or require an army of separate practitioners in order to achieve lasting results.
In early 2006, Dr. Melillo decided that his Brain Balance Program was ready and able to be replicated on a large scale. He partnered with William Fowler, a veteran of Wall Street who brought a keen understanding of how to develop and grow a successful business. Together they created Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Today, Brain Balance Achievement Centers is a rapidly growing franchise company with centers across the United States.”
With the help of my family I enrolled Levi right away and after the first month we began to see a change. The phone calls from school and daycare became less and less. At home, the temper tantrums were getting smaller and smaller, he was going to bed on time, eating more food, and it was like he was waking up. Levi was learning to think before he acted, saw the consequences before the action, and realized what he was doing in the moment. He was gaining control of his superpowers.
When it was time for the program to end, the people of Brain Balance felt that Levi still needed more help and they wanted to extend the program for him, but the cost was to high. Between my family and me we decided to do the best that we could at home. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful. Now Levi needs the program more than ever.
Through my experience not only do I hope to raise the money for my son, but I hope to raise awarenss in the alternatives to children who are on the spectrum. After this, I will use a portion of the funds to start a scholarship program for families as well. I am forever grateful for your support.
08/25/2015Levi's Hope for Brain Balance:$20.00
08/26/2015Levi's Hope for Brain Balance:$100.00
08/26/2015Levi's Hope for Brain Balance:$80.00
08/26/2015Levi's Hope for Brain Balance:$50.00
09/12/2015Levi's Hope for Brain Balance:$40.00