As creator of Brain Connex Therapy, I am very passionate about the work that I do and sharing my mission for helping as many families worldwide with education in primitive reflex & brain hemispheric integration.
I receive messages daily of families just discovering the neurological style of treatment and often ask myself how do I better explain the difference our therapy can have in a child’s life when compared to traditional therapies, medications, and doctors.
To answer this question, I must explain my story:
When my son was born (my second child) within two weeks I knew he felt different. He was born healthy and happy with no major issues beyond having the cord wrapped around his head and slight jaundice. I specifically remember the morning I held his tiny body in the palm of my hand with his belly down. Typically an infant will lift out of the position like they are flying, while fully engaging their extensor muscles in the back. But my son did not. He was floppy. He flexed over my hand and didn’t try to lift against gravity. It was a sheer coincidence that I had just taught a course on Functional Anatomy to Occupational therapy Assistant students just two weeks earlier educating them on muscle tone and showing the students an exact video of a doctor holding an infant with “floppy” muscle tone. I’m honestly not sure I would have noticed on my own child if it hadn’t have been for that video.
Because he was happy and healthy and growing appropriately with no signs of distress, we continued on as new mom and son. It wasn’t until a little after four months and rolling over hadn’t occurred yet that my concern grew. I brought it up to the pediatrician who said not to worry. I requested early intervention begin and by six months we had PT, OT, SLP coming to our house regularly. He kept growing and making gains but was definitely behind in developmental milestones at this point. I would frequently ask, “is this autism” to which every practitioner and doctor that we encountered would say, “no, he smiles, and is affectionate and has eye contact.”
We then saw a pediatric neurologist, one of the top rated, who also confirmed it was not autism, and “he would grow out of it.” I was furious at this point. I wanted to keep faith in what the experts were telling me but my gut instinct was telling me there was something not right. It is devastating to not have your concerns validated by the very people who are supposed to help you. I began to feel betrayed by my own profession as a healthcare worker and questioned everything I was taught.
You end up realizing, as a parent, that you will have to fight for everything to advocate for your child. You will be their warrior parent that does the hard work, researches the topics, and finds the right professionals to help your child. No one knows your child better than you do, and always trust your gut instincts.
These are the lessons I have learned as a parent to a child with special needs. It led me to learn as much as I could to help my son and in the process I found the neurologically-based treatments that I use today and coach parents with through Brain Connex Therapy. I want all parents to feel empowered in how they are able to create positive changes for their child’s future.
The three things that make Brain Connex Therapy different from any other therapist, or professional include:
- I know that every child I work with has a unique ability to improve. The brain is plastic and is ever-changing from environmental stimuli and movement. Parents simply need to be empowered to understand the “how” and the changes will occur. Coming from my own personal experience, as well as professional, I have a unique ability to help coach parents.
- Our program uses the most innovative techniques to help create change in the brain at the foundational levels. We work from a bottom-up approach, just as the brain develops, to create the most change needed for things like sensory processing, learning, attention & behavior. This is a big difference from traditional therapies (like medication, ABA & reading interventions) that work from the top-down.
- We work with families around the world. We are able to help parents that don’t have access to the best therapies through the reach of the internet. We work with our individualized families until we see change. There is no other approach that you can see significant improvements in as little as four weeks.
Children with developmental delays and neuro-developmental conditions should be treated with neurology in mind. When we treat based on symptoms, rather than the root cause, we miss the entire foundation of how the brain develops. This leads to symptoms that come back or stay forever. Untreated brain imbalances can also lead to conditions in adulthood such as anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and chronic illness. We hope to spread the word of brain-based treatment to help as many children as possible so they have bright and fulfilling futures.