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Braydon, 10, has always been a very happy and positive child, but he struggled a little too much in school.
He was still an average student with solid Cs with an occasional D+ or B-. He did not like to read, had difficulty with Math story problems, poor handwriting, and was horrible at taking notes. Through the work here at Brain Balance he has become a different student.
Within the first four weeks he made such improvements
that even his teachers were asking what we did. With a few simple exercises he practiced at home plus the work at
the achievement center his grades jumped to All As with the occasional B. He went from hating to read to reading every book he could get his hands on. The turnaround was amazing!
While working with his school during his annual I.E.P. (Individual Education
Program) the compliments just flowed on what an amazing change in his school work! He had improved so much that some of the help he was receiving was no longer needed. A long with the improved school work his confidence and self esteem has rocketed.
Shannon & Raoul, mom & dad
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Children need to have their beliefs, thoughts and feelings validated. More often than not you may notice your son
or daughter feeling disheartened about a choice they made or a grade they got. I know you may say.I wish that was my childhe doesnt seem to care whether he makes As or Fs but the truth of the matter is that 99% of all kids want to excel and if they send you the message that they dont it is because they come from a place of not feeling good enough. They have developed that hard exterior to hide their vulnerable feelings. I encourage parents to play the self-esteem game with each other and their children to increase the awareness of how often we are negative with our thoughts.
The game goes like this: Duringafamilymeeting,arideinthecar(whenyouhavethemcaptive)orafamilydinner,youstateyourintentionthatthefamilyisgoingtohelpeachotherhavekinder,gentlerthoughts.
This might look like the following:Mom asks Tommy to pick up his clothes and then she says, What does it matter, you never listen to me anyway! Dad would time her out and Mom might restate the issue by saying, Tommy I would like you to pick up your clothes. I have made a very important request. OR
Jessica asks for a new Xbox and Dad replies, Jess, I am not made of money. The only time you are nice to me is when you are asking for something. A timeout is given and Dad restates his position. Jessica, I know a new Xbox is important to you and I am really good at brainstorming so lets work together and figure out how YOU can make that happen.
Perhaps Mom hears Tiffany telling her friend, No one will play with me at recessNo one likes me! The timeout is given and Tiffany has to restate that and says, I may feel lonely on the playground but I am good at making friends.
This skill teaches your children that they will be more successful if they are more positive about how they see themselves.
Take advantage of negative self talk to instill opportunities for children to see their strengths and not rest on what they believe are their weaknesses. Developing the skill of positive self-talk is critical to good self-esteem. But it doesnt just happen. Parents have to teach children how to practice the skill and work at it diligently.
How would confidence be affected if your family participated in daily activities like the self-esteem game to remind each other of ones strengths and the things that are working well in everyones life as opposed to what might not be going as planned?
Learning to use kinder, gentler thoughts is a great family exercise and will create a sense of self-esteem that feeds mastery which will reap many positive rewards. Besides helping your children, it will also get you to be kinder to yourself too!
Carol Juergensen Sheets
Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW PCC is a psychotherapist and personal life coach. She does motivational speaking and empowerment trainings locally and nationally. To find out more about her services--contact her at
www.carolthecoach.com or call her at 317-218-3479.
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Applied Behavior Center for Autism See pgs. 14, 15, 28www.appliedbehaviorcenter.orgABC for Autism is proud to be Indianas largest and longest running ABA therapy provider. With 7 locations statewide (Indy North, Early Childhood Center, Indy West, Greenwood, Richmond, Terre Haute and Carmel), ABC provides one-on-one individualized programming in the areas of ABA therapy, behavior consulting, speech therapy, occupational therapy and special needs swim lessons for ages 2 and older. BACA Behavior Analysis Center for Autism See pg. 8Contact Sarah Cox: Scox@TheBACA.com317.436.8961High quality, intensive ABA Programs overseen by PH.D. behavior analysts.Brain Balance See pg. 3www.brainbalanceindy.com317.843.92009510 N. Meridian St., IndianapolisBrain Balances Program has changed the lives of kids suffering with ADHD, learning disorders and behavioral issues. We integrate cognitive, sensory-motor and nutritional training into a highly effective, drug-free program that targets your childs specific challenges.
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As I stare at this blank page on my computer screen and think about what I want to say about how the Applied Behavior Center has affected my family, I cant imagine how I will ever get words to accurately reflect the depth of my gratitude for the work they do.
My now ten year old twin sons have been attending ABC for five years. We have all heard the saying, If you meet a child with autism you have met one child with autism, those words could not be truer for us. Genetically they are twins but the way autism has affected them and the challenges it creates for each could not be more unique.
Between the two boys we have dealt with aggression, disruptive stemming behaviors, elopement (also known as running away), safety in public settings, toilet training issues, grooming problems, general compliance, on and on the list goes. If there is an undesirable behavior on the spectrum we have probably seen it at some point. As these challenges come