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Learning center at Alton will help kids overcome academic, behavior challenges

Palm Beach Post - 9/20/2019

PALM BEACH GARDENS - For kids struggling with learning disabilities, behavioral challenges or developmental delays, academic success can be difficult.

Beginning Monday, Mary Baker and her colleagues at the Brain Balance Achievement Center can help.

The after-school learning center at Alton Town Center offers a non-medical, drug-free program designed to improve students' focus, behavior, social skills and academic performance.

The program takes an integrative approach to strengthening brain connectivity through sensory engagement, physical development, academics and nutrition, said Baker, the facility's director.

"Brain Balance is a holistic approach that helps children who have any kind of academic, behavioral or social difficulty," she said.

There are more than 100 Brain Balance Achievement Centers nationwide - the Palm Beach Gardens location is the only one in Palm Beach County - and all are designed to help children and teenagers who struggle with challenges such as impulsivity, tantrums, lack of focus, sensory integration, learning disabilities and family and social relationships.

Many participants have been diagnosed with neurobiological disorders such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette Syndrome, but a formal diagnosis is not needed to seek assistance at Brain Balance Achievement Center, Baker said.

The center looks for the root cause of each child's struggles as part of an initial comprehensive assessment, she said, and then works with the child and their family to make improvements.

Depending on the child's challenges, each Brain Balance session will include sensory-motor exercises, physical activities, academic skills training, confidence-building, behavioral coaching and nutritional assistance.

The center also will advocate for the child at their school, and can coordinate with the child's therapy team if needed.

Sessions are held three times per week with a Brain Balance 'coach,' and are one hour in length.

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"I look at some of these kids that are coming to see us, and they were given a toolbox," Baker said. "But they don't have all the tools that they need. So we want to provide all those tools, and we want to help them use them so they can overcome challenges that they're having day to day."

Most children need about six to eight months of assistance at Brain Balance Achievement Center, Baker said.

The program, which is not covered by insurance, is open to students ages 4-17. The center also offers a college reboot program for young adults ages 18 to 21.

Baker said she expects to draw clients from all over Palm Beach County.

"We're here to help children succeed and their families get the help they need," Baker said. "We're all very passionate about that."

Brain Balance Achievement Center is at 5420 Donald Ross Road, #105, in Palm Beach Gardens. For information, visit https://bit.ly/2mjQL2q or call 561-500-0609.

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