Today my sweet guy turned 7! I can't believe it!! It has been a wonderful few months with him and I have to owe so much of it to Brain Balance. If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that we've been doing this program with him to help address some of the difficulties Max faces (he has high functioning autism and is generally very defiant at home among other things). It was a complete leap of faith to do this program for him but we are happy so far with the results we are seeing.
We had his progress report about a month ago and learned that he has jumped up several levels in many of the areas! I don't have the papers with me so I can't go into too much detail but he's progressing and improving rapidly! And we are seeing the changes at home. He is generally calmer and if he has a meltdown, it's very short lived. He is more emotional - meaning that he seems to be feeling and recognizing his emotions and other people's emotions better. His fine motor skills are also improving - recently I had an IEP meeting at his school and his teacher and OT (occupational therapist) were raving about him!
In fact, his OT said she wanted to hate Brain Balance, because they do a lot of what she does but without the schooling and credentials, but she was blown away by the results she was seeing in my little guy. His handwriting has improved by leaps and bounds! Before, he didn't want to do much writing at all. Now, he spends all day writing! He is also doing math at a fourth grade level (no surprise there, he has always seen his world in numbers)! And he is also doing fabulously in reading and comprehension. He is reading over 100 words per minute fluently, when grade level should be reading around 45 words per minute. His teacher said that he is just soaring and she just wants to say to him "fly, just fly!" He is eager to do new work and he feels proud of the work he's done. His teacher said he's always asking for more worksheets! It was AMAZING to sit in that meeting and hear all about the progress they've seen with him in the last three months - which correlates exactly with when we started Brain Balance.
Overall, we are just so pleased with his progress. We still have our stressful moments but by and large, our life has greatly improved. He transitions better between events, is kinder to his siblings, doesn't hit me when he's angry, and is just so much calmer and happier.
On another note, when we moved into our house in February, he had a massive reaction to the new chemicals in the house. It was absolutely heartbreaking! His entire body - literally from his head to his toes - was covered in rough, patchy eczema and hives. It was heartbreaking and I totally felt like we had made the wrong decision to build a new house! We tried everything short of steroids. We aired out the house constantly, bought expensive air filters, got a water softener, de-chlorinated his bath water, diffused essential oils, used pretty much every natural remedy known to man, dosed him on Zyrtec and Claritin, you name it - we tried it. NOTHING happened. In fact, it just kept spreading and getting worse! It was so frustrating. He couldn't even bathe! It would burn too badly and he'd hop right out.
I finally got him into our naturopath for an appointment and got some custom homeopathic combinations as well as some things to help detoxify his liver. I also got a custom air antigen made from our Family doctor (I took in an air sample from our house and they made a homeopathic combination for our air). You guys - I don't know or understand how homeopathy works, but all I know is that it WORKS. It has taken awhile to get his system flushed and his skin healing, but today his skin is CLEAR!!! We have been diligent with his protocol and I am so happy to say it worked! NOTHING was touching it - no antihistamines, none of the normal natural allergy remedies we use - nothing. It was so heartbreaking. I am SO thankful that the homeopathics and liver detoxifying remedies are working!
He is doing so much better than he was in February and that is such a blessing! Between better behavior and his allergic reaction finally healed, we are a happy family! And my stress and worry is greatly reduced.
If you have any questions about Brain Balance, I am happy to answer! You can see my other updates on Instagram under #maxdoesbrainbalance. I'm also happy to point you to our doctors if you happen to be local. I highly recommend that if you are dealing with something chronic that you see either a naturopath or functional medicine doctor who will help you get to the root cause. These practitioners have been life changing for us!