Ten-year-old John refused to wear socks. His Asperger’s made him hypersensitive to touch and unpredictably violent with siblings and classmates. Four years on medication weren’t bringing the results his parents were hoping for, so they enrolled him at Brain Balance Achievement Centers, a network of therapeutic facilities aiming to assuage the symptoms of kids’ behavioral disorders without the use of pharmaceuticals. Within three months of starting his program, John’s tantrums lessened significantly, he became a member of the Boy Scouts, and his doctor approved eliminating his medication.
John’s journey is just one of many success stories shared by Brain Balance. Their programs strive to remedy the adverse effects of functional disconnection, a miscommunication between the two hemispheres of the brain, which they believe to be the root of conditions such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD.
After an assessment of a child's physical and cognitive ability, a team of professionals designs a custom program of academic exercises, sensory-motor activities, and nutritional changes that can improve brain function. Along the way, continual feedback keeps families notified of the child’s progress. To achieve further awareness of developments in children’s neuroscience, Brain Balance partners with various research facilities such as New York’s F. R. Carrick Institute and the Children’s Autism Hope Project.
The certified instructors at Fox Hollow Farm wield more than 25 years of equine experience and broadcast that hard-earned knowledge during riding lessons in hunt seat, jumping, and dressage. Each instructor aims to foster a supportive environment of structured learning, helping their students build confidence and skills not only when in the saddle but also when caring for a horse in the stable or dressing up as a centaur on Halloween. Beginning students start out with private instruction on the longe line to develop balance and correct position atop the farm's school horses, and may advance to group lessons after they've learned to walk, trot, and canter with control.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience allows aspiring need-for-speeders the chance to saddle into a 600-HP stock car. You'll ride shotgun in a two-seat NASCAR-style vehicle with an experienced instructor at the wheel, steering your steel steed around the 1-mile, 10-degree-banked Walt Disney World® Speedway for three laps at speeds easily exceeding 100 miles per hour. Start by zipping up in a fire suit and strapping on a helmet. Then climb through the car's window, as NASCAR drivers do, and check the car's oil pressure, deflector shields, and photon torpedoes. Once on the track, you'll accelerate through the straightaways, smoothly breeze through the tight turns, and roar to the conclusion of your third course tour. For answers to frequently asked questions, see here.
Backed by more than 36 years of commercial operational flight experience, the professional pilots at the Starr Aviation–insured Heliventures flight school shuttle passengers through the scenic North Carolinian skies. Aerial adventures launch from the Concord Regional Airport in trusted Sikorsky Light helicopters, selected for their impeccable safety record and inability to feel human emotions. The 30-minute tour whisks cloud-reachers through the serene skyways and over the Charlotte Motor Speedway and race-team shops, allowing fans to admire the tracks and racecars below, or search the skies in vain for long-lost family parakeets.
There's no room for idle hands at Sign and Doodle. That's because the early-learning center focuses on age-appropriate sign language and art classes for kids aged 3 months to 8 years that keep brains and bodies active. Kids of all abilities learn hundreds of signs during American Sign Language classes, which include storytelling, songs, and spelling. For budding Picassos, the center offers art classes that make use of many mediums and always kick off with a creative circle in which pupils sing and dance to the week's theme.