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.
Turning Pointe Music & Dance is like a garden for artistic talents. Their instructors start cultivating dance students when they're just 3 years old, and as they progress, the fledgling dancers move on to more and more advanced techniques. The curriculum includes a four-level pre-professional program with technique classes that cover the finer points required of a well-rounded dancer. Turning Pointe Music & Dance's experts also teach music, and they work with adults during dance and fitness classes, such as Pilates.
At Romp n' Roll, children ages 3 months to six years participate in activities that encourage motor-skill development and creativity. Within the non-competitive and nurturing environment, experienced teachers lead classes in activities such as gymnastics, art, or music. Meanwhile, during open-gym sessions, children cavort across play equipment under parent supervision.
Owned and operated by dedicated educators, Charlotte Day Camp engages children through cultural immersion and physically active fun and games. Rebekah Goode of In Goode Company developed an interest in education and cultural enlightenment as a high-school student taking mission trips to Mexico, Venezuela, and Poland. She maintained this passion after returning to the United States, teaching English as a second language along with science, mathematics, and social studies at her tutoring center. Charlotte Day Camp, which organizes weeklong sessions around an international theme, is a natural extension of those activities, combining multiculturalism, practical education, and summer fun for kids who are home from school.
The Academic Advantage Center Home School specializes in all levels of Spanish, French, English, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, and standardized-test preparation. Instructors who matriculated from the country’s most prestigious universities help students reach his or her highest academic potential with coursework tailored to their unique academic struggles, such as the struggle to do algebra. Meticulously trained instructors shepherd students through challenging subject matter, writing progress reports for parents at the end of each session. With guidance from the AAC, some students have gone on to attend some of the nation's most renowned universities.