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    What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is often referred to as Sensory Integration Dysfunction. It occurs when a child has trouble processing various stimuli from the external environment. In other words, a child becomes easily overwhelmed by his surroundings due to hypersensitivity; this often leads to behavioral issues. Children may also experience hyposensitivity to stimuli. SPD often coexists with ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome. If you see the possible indicators of SPD in your child, consult a child behavior expert to determine how you can best help your little one.

    Indicators

    As any parent can attest to, each child develops a unique sense of self, with a special personality and endearing childhood quirks. However, the signs and symptoms of SPD go beyond typical childhood quirks. Children who are hypersensitive may shy away from hugs, be easily distracted by noises, or become easily frightened by crowds. They may display behavioral issues such as meltdowns in response to loud noises. Poor balance and general awkwardness are additional indicators. On the other hand, a child who is hyposensitive may stand inappropriately close to others and may touch objects or people at inappropriate times. He may display an unusually high threshold for pain and may be atypically restless, perhaps attempting dangerous stunts.

    Triggers

    The sensory stimuli that can trigger a response in a child with SPD often include loud noises, strong odors, and bright lights. Children may also be averse or attracted to textures, indicating an issue with the tactile sense.

    Effects

    Youngsters with SPD often struggle with additional effects of the disorder. For example, a child may have difficulty making or keeping friends due to his behavioral issues. Children may fall behind academically because of their challenges and experience poor self-esteem as a result. Fortunately, there is help available for children with SPD.

    Here at The Brain Balance Achievement Centers, our team of learning and behavioral experts works extensively with children who experience these challenges. Our drug-free, multifaceted program is custom-designed to suit each child’s unique challenges and to help youngsters reach their full potential. Parents are invited to learn more about our unique, whole-child approach by calling our Mequon location at (262) 423-6541 or our Vernon Hills location at (847) 603-4350. For answers to your questions, you can also call our central location at (262) 240-9915.

    Maintaining Homework Routines for Kids with ADHD

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Children with ADHD often struggle academically because of challenges like difficulty staying on task and easily becoming distracted. If your child has trouble completing his homework assignments, he can benefit from adhering to a predictable routine after school. Set aside a quiet, distraction-free area in your home for your child to work. Some children with ADHD perform better on their homework when an adult is nearby; you may wish to designate a portion of the living room as the homework area.

    Discuss your expectations with your child with regards to when he needs to start his homework each day and enforce those expectations consistently. For example, your child may get a healthy snack after school and then sit down to do his homework. Set a timer for a predetermined time period. Your youngster will become accustomed to working for this amount of time before he can take a short break. Use positive reinforcement to reward his efforts; praise him for doing well and suggest a fun activity to enjoy with your child after homework time.

    Children with ADHD often demonstrate remarkable progress with the drug-free Brain Balance Program. Call The Brain Balance Achievement Centers of the Midwest at (262) 240-9915, Mequon at (262) 423-6541, or Vernon Hills at (847) 603-4350 to find out how our child behavior experts can help your family.

    Healthy Lunches You and Your Child Can Make Together

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Children with learning and behavioral issues, such as ADHD, often follow special diets. These diets are designed to eliminate the foods that can trigger behavioral challenges and other symptoms. You can help your child adjust to his special diet by encouraging him to take an active role in meal preparation. Consider sending him to school with a bento box. In the Japanese tradition, bento typically includes rice, a protein source, and vegetables. However, you and your child can put an American spin on this healthy lunch idea.

    Choosing a Main Course

    Help your child choose a main course for his bento meal. Sandwiches are a perennial favorite for school lunches; however, if your child is following a gluten-free diet, finding an appropriate type of bread may be tricky. Instead, consider substituting savory pancakes made with a combination of gluten-free flours, such as chickpea flour. You can also shred vegetables into the pancake batter. Your child can create his pancake sandwich with fillings such as chicken salad, egg salad, hummus, or mashed avocados.

    Selecting Healthy Snacks

    Have your child select from an assortment of healthy snacks to accompany his pancake sandwich. Offer your child foods with omega-3 fatty acids to support cognitive function, such as walnuts. Include an apple or other piece of fruit, and give your child some celery sticks with hummus or almond butter.

    Assembling a Bento Box

    One of the reasons why bento meals are particularly attractive to children is because many youngsters are rather picky with their food. You may have noticed, for example, that your child refuses to eat one group of food if it has touched another type of food. Bento lunchboxes feature multiple compartments for the main course, snacks, and condiments. Your child may enjoy arranging his own lunch in the different compartments.

    The child behavior experts of The Brain Balance Achievement Centers look forward to meeting your family and discussing how our drug-free, whole-child approach can help resolve learning and behavioral issues. The Brain Balance Program is designed to correct the underlying causes of ADHD and other challenges that many children face. To schedule your consultation, call our center in Mequon at (262) 423-6541, our location in Vernon Hills at (847) 603-4350, or our central location at (262) 240-9915.

    The Brain Balance Experience

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The teams at The Brain Balance Achievement Centers hear so many stories from parents of how developmental delays affected their children’s language acquisition, social skills, academic achievements, and behavior. After coming through the Brain Balance Program, children with ADHD and other learning and behavioral issues have the opportunity to succeed in their goals.

    Hear one mother’s story by watching this video. She explains how her son, who experienced Pervasive Developmental Disorder, significantly improved after coming through the Brain Balance Program. She also discusses a few features of our unique, drug-free program that greatly appealed to her.

    If your child struggles with learning or behavioral issues, contact The Brain Balance Achievement Centers to learn how we can help. You can reach our locations in Vernon Hills at (847) 603-4350 and in Mequon at (262) 423-6541, or call our central office at (262) 240-9915 for general information.

    Your Guide to Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) is the name given to a group of symptoms that cause a wide range of challenges for children, such as learning and behavioral issues, social skills deficits, and communication difficulties. This disorder typically applies when the child exhibits some symptoms associated with developmental disorders, such as Asperger syndrome, yet doesn’t quite fit into those categories. If your child has PDD-NOS, you can work with a behavioral expert to learn what it means for your youngster and how you can help them overcome his challenges.

    Recognizing Speech and Language Issues

    Even when children are found to have PDD-NOS, they do not necessarily share the same set of symptoms. The severity of the symptoms can also vary widely. However, speech and language difficulties are common, and they may include problems understanding abstract language. Your little one may have exhibited language delays in early childhood, or he may have engaged in echolalia, which is the repetition of words or phrases without contextual meaning. Your child may avoid making eye contact or have trouble understanding and using body language and facial expressions.

    Recognizing Social and Behavioral Issues

    Social and behavioral issues commonly associated with PDD-NOS can include displaying an obsessive interest in one narrow topic to the exclusion of others. Your little one might have trouble handling even minor transitions or changes, and he might have difficulty making friends. Overreaction to external stimuli, such as sounds and odors, and body movements such as hand flapping can also occur.

    Working toward a Resolution

    Developmental disorders such as PDD-NOS are linked to Functional Disconnection, which refers to the failure of the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other. By following a program designed to restore connectivity, your child’s challenges can be lessened.

    The learning and behavioral experts of The Brain Balance Achievement Centers implement a family-centered, integrated approach to resolving the behavioral issues associated with PDD-NOS and other developmental disorders. Parents who are interested in learning more are invited to call our Mequon location at (262) 423-6541, our Vernon Hills location at (847) 603-4350, or our central location at (262) 240-9915. Our behavioral experts also have extensive experience helping children with ADHD and dyslexia.

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