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.
AAA has helped drivers across the country get the best of their car troubles for more than a century. Membership in the club affords drivers roadside assistance, protecting trips against unforeseen delays such as a dead battery, flat tire, or empty fuel tank. Since the membership covers the driver and not the vehicle, it can be used even when a passenger in someone else’s car. Complimentary TripTiks and other travel tools help members plan the best itinerary based on time, distance, or places of interest along the way, and members also receive exclusive discounts at more than 160,000 locations worldwide, including AAA Car Care Centers, hotels, restaurants, theme parks, and movie tickets; as well personalized access to complementary travel, insurance, auto glass and auto buying services.
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.
Giving kids the chance to stretch their creative wings is just one aspect of the philosophy at Fun Arts Afterschool. Workshops suited for kids aged 9-14 include the introductory Acting For Film, where students learn Method Acting and the Meisner Technique—which uses a series of exercises designed to help students improvise. Likewise, teens in the DVD film class acquire knowledge to storyboard, write scrips, and even act on film.