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The Day I Stopped Saying 'Hurry Up'

The Day I Stopped Saying 'Hurry Up'

Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 08:56:52 in Parents

“While I think it's nice to teach kids to stop and smell the roses when possible, it's also important to teach kids responsibility and promptness. There are times when others are depending on you, and planning your day so that you are on time is a skill worth learning. I teach my children work hard so you can play hard. I think it's more reasonable and applicable to adulthood. If we teach children that life is all about meandering and relaxing, will they learn the value of hard work and its inevitability in their lives? I dislike when any parenting advice centers around the words "always" and "never". I have a child with the mildest form of autism, and often these types of opinion pieces don't include my particular parenting realities. Just offering another perspective... There are times I must hurry up my neurotypical child to care for the child with Asperger Syndrome if we are in an environment that is too loud/bright/disruptive for her. One way to allow children time to relax is to stop over-scheduling them.”
Mindfully Managing ADHD

Mindfully Managing ADHD

Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 12:44:09 in Healthy Living

“What about improving brain function? If neural disorders are based in brain miscommunication and poor wiring, why not begin with interventions that improve this communication issue? Through sensory-motor and cognitive training, the brain can change. Read more about it here: www.brainbalancecenters.com
Autism Linked With Too Many Brain Cells, Study Finds

Autism Linked With Too Many Brain Cells, Study Finds

Commented Nov 10, 2011 at 13:23:56 in Healthy Living

“The issue is also in brain "wiring". If the communication in the brain is off, so are the senses a person uses to perceive the world around them. The question is then, can we improve brain communication and reduce symptoms? Yes, we can! This is what Dr. Robert Melillo has been saying for years and it's why he created the Brain Balance program. He and his team believes this "functional disconnection" is at the root of all neuro-behavioral disorders, and it's what he based the Brain Balance program on! The program uses sensory, cognitive, and motor exercises to repair the wiring issues in brain communication and improve rhythm and timing. You can read more about it at www.brainbalancecenters.com .”

OverseasVet on Nov 11, 2011 at 00:52:34

“Please do homework before subjecting a child and pocketbook to fraud. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/brain-balance/
Autism: Is It An 'Obsession' Or Just A Preferred Interest?

Autism: Is It An 'Obsession' Or Just A Preferred Interest?

Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 07:35:38 in Healthy Living

“It's wonderful to see the gifts in these special and often gifted children, but we have to be honest with ourselves and see the deficits. My daughter is highly intelligent but has major sensory problems (diagnosed SPD with gross motor delay, asperger's tendancies) which lead to anxiety that we deal with on a daily basis. Intensive occupational and behavioral therapy have helped tremendously but it's a never ending battle to keep her stable and calm.”
The Ritalin Wars: Understanding America's Adderall Obsession

The Ritalin Wars: Understanding America's Adderall Obsession

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 10:58:14 in Healthy Living

“Why don't we focus more on the underlying cause of neuro-behavioral issues like ADHD, rather than treating the symptoms. We now know the brain can make new connections and learn to perform tasks more efficiently. That's why I like what Brain Balance has to say about these issues: You can improve function through targeted and individualized interventions for ADHD. Sensory, cognitive, and motor planning activities can and is reducing symptoms for many individuals. You can read about the approach here: http://bit.ly/p5vtln

Goku Yaruwatiri on Oct 9, 2011 at 21:38:44

“this is because ADHD people (myself included) can build up our neural pathways and try to do as much as possible to simply be better then others but essentially we're just making up lost ground and even that isn't right because no matter how well I know something or how much smarter I am my brain still will have neurotransmission problems, which is the basis of ADHD, it involves the brain not being able to function properly because of a problem with there not being enough neurotransmitters or the neurotransmission process being distorted, both cause misinformation throughout the brain and are not very good for the person which it is effecting.”
7 Natural Ways to Help Your Child's ADHD

7 Natural Ways to Help Your Child's ADHD

Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 09:26:05 in Healthy Living

“This is good, practical advice for any parent dealing with behavioral issues. Here is another article about establishing hard and fast rules for children with attention issues: http://bit.ly/qlFH58
SpongeBob SquarePants Causes Attention Problems: Study

SpongeBob SquarePants Causes Attention Problems: Study

Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 07:36:53 in Media

“Some kids have real attention problems that we could label as ""ADD"" or ""ADHD"" while some can probably handle fast-paced shows more easily. My children aren't allowed to watch Sponge Bob, but do play some video games and the games do seem to make my boy ""grumpy"" and his games are more fast paced than my daughter's games. (FYI - for those dealing with children who seem to have inherent attention problems, here is a great article about managing those symptoms: http://bit.ly/nHChql )”
Is it ADHD/ADD or Are We Just Overloaded?

Is it ADHD/ADD or Are We Just Overloaded?

Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 07:22:41 in Healthy Living

“Well said. Everyone has those symptoms at times due to stress, exhaustion, etc. When those symptoms are constant and interfering with one's ability to lead a "normal" life and accomplish every day tasks, then it can be a disorder. Recent studies using fMRI show differences in brain function in people with neurobehavioral disorders like ADHD and autism. Here is a great article that discusses the overlap among neuro disorders and how to improve brain function: http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/2011/06/study-shows-poor-brain-sync-related-to-autism/
Kids With ADHD More Likely To Be Hit By Cars: Study

Kids With ADHD More Likely To Be Hit By Cars: Study

Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 15:16:58 in Healthy Living

“So much research is pointing now to brain-sync and rhythm and timing problems in brain communication being a factor in ADHD and other neuro-behavioral disorders. Here is an article that explains the research behind that link and what can be done to improve it:
http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/2011/06/study-shows-poor-brain-sync-related-to-autism/

Diane Dzierzeski Russo on Jul 26, 2011 at 09:23:02

“Thanks for sharing.”

Toonguy on Jul 25, 2011 at 15:23:29

“In the interests of full disclosure, what is your connection to BrainBalanceCenters? You seem to be posting a lot of links to their site.”
Autism: An Inability to Generalize

Autism: An Inability to Generalize

Commented Jul 24, 2011 at 19:30:06 in Healthy Living

“While my daughter wasn't as severe as your sweet girl, she had some of the same issues. She would cry for a half an hour if I called her jacket a coat. She would scream if her blanket was twisted. It was excruciating. She is thriving now. Here are some websites that helped us find the right interventions for her.
www.aitinstitute.org
www.brainbalancecenters.com
www.ictsonline.com
www.spdnetwork.com
Autism: Environmental Factors Messing With Our Kids? (STUDY)

Autism: Environmental Factors Messing With Our Kids? (STUDY)

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 12:45:50 in Healthy Living

“Here is an interview with an autism expert discussing the findings of the study... interesting stuff and it's certainly food for thought for pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant.
http://t.co/HQvfUq2
Is It ADHD, OCD or Both?

Is It ADHD, OCD or Both?

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 13:07:06 in Healthy Living

“Miscommunication between the two sides of the brain can manifest itself as Autism, ADHD, or other neuro-behavioral symptoms including OCD. Early recognition and intervention can do so much for children who suffer from these disorders that will improve their outcome and outlook. I've been reading what the Brain Balance website has to say about improving rhythm and timing through learning techniques... it's good info from a hopeful perspective and is worth a read. http://www.brainbalancecenters.com

Zach Winch on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:24:33

“OCD is not caused by too much serotonin. SSRIs are used in OCD to raise the serotonin levels. I would know. I have adult adhd and ocd.”
Living with Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner with President Obama

Living with Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner with President Obama

Commented Jun 30, 2011 at 15:08:26 in Healthy Living

“As we continue to try to make sense of autism and other neuro-behavioral disorders, there are children and families who need help now. I’ve been reading what Brain Balance ( http://www.brainbalancecenters.com ) has to say about balancing brain communication within and between the two sides of the brain through sensory, motor, and cognitive interventions. If autism is a brain disorder, why not start by improving brain function?”
Autistic Toddlers Have Out-Of-Sync Brains: Study

Autistic Toddlers Have Out-Of-Sync Brains: Study

Commented Jun 26, 2011 at 08:21:27 in Healthy Living

“Interesting since this has been the basis of the Brain Balance Program for years. They call it functional disconnection and base their sensory, motor, and cognitive interventions that improve brain communication and function between and within the two hemispheres of the brain on this phenomenon. You can read their info on improving brain function here: http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/about/
Autism and Defensive Driving

Autism and Defensive Driving

Commented May 26, 2011 at 08:01:12 in Healthy Living

“The following is what Brain Balance says... I think it basically means for a higher functioning person with autism, new skills like driving can be learned with practice and training of the brain to make better connections: "A properly functioning brain communicates between both hemispheres as well as within each hemisphere at lightning speed. Think of these communications like runners in a relay race: They connect, pass on information, and release, repeating this process millions of times a minute. In a poorly functioning brain, these runners are often out of sync, missing each other or passing on only partial information. This miscommunication is called Functional Disconnection and is at the root of all types of neurobehavioral and learning problems including ADHD. At Brain Balance™, once we understand the uniqueness and severity of your child’s challenges, we then custom design physical and cognitive activity plans and easy-to-follow dietary guidelines to establish proper connections and improve rhythm and timing. This multi-faceted approach helps your child achieve optimum body and brain function. It is a non-medical approach that doesn't interfere with other treatment plans. www.brainbalancecenters.com "”
huffingtonpost entry

CDC: Autism, ADHD Rates On The Rise

Commented May 23, 2011 at 17:00:05 in Healthy Living

“More and more research is indicating that the brain can be changed, even in those with autism and ADHD. I've been reading what Brain Balance - http://bra­inbalancec­enters.com - has to say about changing the brain. They contend certain exercises (computer based, sensory, motor), activities, diet, and behavioral modifications tailored to the individual can help rewire missed connections in the brain, leading to a reduction of symptoms for those with ADHD and even autism. If autism and ADHD are brain disorders, then why not start there? It's worth a read.”

William J Unverferth Sr on May 24, 2011 at 06:33:11

“If it's in the brain you can't blame anyone and get a multi-million dollar settlement so it must be someone's fault.”
Autism Checklist Takes 5 Minutes, Could Spot Warning Signs By Age 1

Autism Checklist Takes 5 Minutes, Could Spot Warning Signs By Age 1

Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 09:04:53 in Home

“Miscommunication between the two sides of the brain can manifest itself as Autism, ADHD, or other neuro-behavioral symptoms. Early recognition and intervention can do so much for these children to improve their outcome. I've been reading what the Brain Balance website has to say about improving rhythm and timing through learning techniques... it's good info from a hopeful perspective and is worth a read. http://www.brainbalancecenters.com

happyhomemaker29 on May 4, 2011 at 05:54:09

“Thank you for the link Jennifer. I'm sure my daughter's teachers knew about it Brain Balance but I never did. I'm going to explore it further and save the link to my bookmarks. Again thank you.”

Matilda228 on Apr 29, 2011 at 21:37:22

“Please evaluate such sites very carefully. What are the claims? Is there research in peer reviewed journals to back the claims versus just testimonials and anecdotal evidence. Is this based on solid science? Also note that a chiropractic neurologist is not a neurologist (M.D.).”
20 Tips to Curb Sugar Cravings and Kick the Addiction

20 Tips to Curb Sugar Cravings and Kick the Addiction

Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 09:12:57 in Home

“It's not easy breaking the sugar habit since HFCS and "added sugar" are in all kinds of products. We are consuming sugar and don't even realize it. Here is an great article from Babyminding about breaking your family's sugar habit:
http://babyminding.com/2010/04/27/breaking-the-sugar-habit/
ADHD: 12 Myths And Facts (PHOTOS)

ADHD: 12 Myths And Facts (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 21, 2010 at 21:39:02 in Home

“More and more research is indicating that the brain can be changed, even in those with ADHD. I've been reading what Brain Balance - http://bra­inbalancec­enters.com - has to say about changing the brain. They contend certain exercises, activities, and behavioral modifications tailored to the individual can help rewire missed connections in the brain, leading to a reduction of symptoms for those with ADHD and even autism. If ADHD is a brain disease then why not start there? It's a brain based method not a drug based one. Their site is worth a read.”

Toonguy on Nov 22, 2010 at 08:51:46

“I tend to be wary of any program that does not come right out and state what their technique is, but simply promises that it is the only one that works. What is their methodology? Your doctor will tell you in no uncertain terms what your options are and won't sugar coat it. Don't you think you deserve the same from anyone that plans to work on you or your child? I think it would be better to wait until their methods can be empirically tested and verified - which hasn't happened yet.”
Exploring the Research on Homeopathic Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Exploring the Research on Homeopathic Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Commented Nov 15, 2010 at 19:20:33 in Home

“Isn't the general consensus that Fibro is a neurological problem? If so, would neurological stress reduction therapy be beneficial? It's performed with a cold laser and calms the nervous system. You can read about it here: http://biovedawellness.com/holistic-services/stress-therapy/
In Bed With the Drug Companies? Doctors Cut Financial Ties to Pharma Amid Growing Scrutiny

In Bed With the Drug Companies? Doctors Cut Financial Ties to Pharma Amid Growing Scrutiny

Commented Nov 10, 2010 at 20:27:31 in Home

“It's hard to know who to trust isn't it? It's important to take charge of your own health, do your research and know possible side effects of medication before you go in. Also prevention is worth it's weight in gold. BioVeda Wellness has quality supplements and a website with a lot of holistic and preventative medicine information. You can find lots of articles here:
http://biovedawellness.com/blog/

Dyson on Nov 10, 2010 at 22:00:00

“"Quality supplements?" - Well possibly they are produced to a high standard, but most are quite unnecessary and they do seem very pricey.
As regard to prevention, I don't find their information particularly convinving when it wanders into the realms of Hamer's german new medicine, homeopathy and chiropractic.”
Healthy Eating: 10 Tips to Help You Eat Smarter

Healthy Eating: 10 Tips to Help You Eat Smarter

Commented Nov 8, 2010 at 09:46:34 in Home

“It really comes down to food vs. non-food doesn't it? I mean, if the label lists tons of chemicals and unnatural additives, how much of it do you think your body is actually using? Here is a great article that details food vs. non-food and how to simply get proper nutrition:
http://biovedawellness.com/holistic-services/diet-and-nutrition/
9 Ways To Avoid The Flu This Season

9 Ways To Avoid The Flu This Season

Commented Nov 8, 2010 at 09:42:50 in Home

“For those wary of the flu vaccine or can't get it for medical reasons, there are other ways to fight the flu. Getting enough Vitamin D3 fights flu as well as the vaccine! Here is an article that details how to fight flu naturally even if you don't get the vaccine:
http://biovedawellness.com/2010/08/preparing-for-flu-season-naturally/

ml 82 on Nov 8, 2010 at 23:09:25

“Vitamin D3 is a great way to fight off the flu, my doctor refuses to give the flu shot as he thinks it's worse for the body in the long run and got me taking D3, zinc, and glutamine. I used to get sick all the time but hankfully I can say that I haven't had the flu in years, not even the common cold!”
huffingtonpost entry

Neurogenesis: How to Change Your Brain

Commented Nov 5, 2010 at 11:23:22 in Home

“More and more research is indicating that the brain can be changed, even in those with neuro-behavioral disorders. I've been reading what Brain Balance - http://brainbalancecenters.com - has to say about changing the brain. They contend certain exercises, activities, and behavioral modifications tailored to the individual can help rewire missed connections in the brain, leading to a reduction of symptoms for those with ADHD and even autism. It's worth a read.”
Brain Health: The Future of Cognitive Care

Brain Health: The Future of Cognitive Care

Commented Oct 29, 2010 at 09:31:44 in Home

“While we do need better cognitive care, we all need to do a better job of preventing these issues as we age. Here is a good article about aging, free radicals, and ways to prevent cognitive issues:
http://biovedawellness.com/2010/09/nutritional-protection-free-radicals-and-aging-part-3-of-3/
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