First I should explain that my son, Brett, has never been diagnosed as anything but a red-head. Spend a few minutes in his presence, however, and I think you’ll agree that a prescription for medication would be easy to get. And while meds have their place, this isn’t a route I want to take for my son. We chose homeschool and I tell myself this is how little boys were meant to be. But I worry.
So the first time I looked at a poster from the Brain Balance Achievement Centers it felt a little too good to be true.
I should first explain that Brain Balance is a program designed with the theory that ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia and other childhood disorders are actually the results of the same problem– an imbalance in the development of the right and left brain and their ability to communicate with each other. At the center they test each kiddo, find the weak side of the brain, and unlike other programs that build on a child’s strengths, they intensely build up only the less developed areas.
The literature they gave me, the YouTube testimonials, even the mom in the lobby all assured me that Brain Balance had made a life-altering difference in the lives of children with even severe disorders. But the program isn’t covered by any insurance and the cost is not cheap. Plus the nearest center to our house is 90 minutes away, one direction, and the investment in time and money for driving, in addition to the daily homework exercises is a little overwhelming.
Which brings me to why I’m writing this post. If you’re parent you’ve been there, the I would do anything for my child if I thought this was the right thing, but IS IT? feeling. We’ve signed the paperwork, written the check, and been to the center a few times and I’m still not sure how I feel about it all. Maybe cautiously optimistic? Perhaps I feel a little scammed. Can there be an easier target than a desperate mother? I think time will tell. And my plan is to tell you.
If you’re struggling, wondering, hoping like I am, I’ll be writing occasionally to let you know how this journey is going. I’m hoping you’ll see how I went from fearing to believe to another one of those enthusiastic YouTube moms, but if not then maybe I’ll spare some of you some hard-earned cash and a whole lot of time and frustration.
I will tell you we’re going all in. We’re doing the exercise every day, following the nutrition guidelines, providing lots of time for rest and recreation, and generally giving this 100%. If it doesn’t work it won’t be because I didn’t try.
Here’s just praying it works.