ADHD, Asperger's, and Autism​​​​

​ADHD, Asperger’s, and Autism can create a host of challenges. Brain Zone offers programs for all ages to help:

  • ​Overcome/minimize the challenges of ADHD, Asperger’s, and Autism.
  • ​Increase abilities, self-confidence, self-esteem, and inner strength.
  • ​Enhance cognitive, emotional, social, and life skills.
  • ​Increase success and joy in life.

At Brain Zone, we know that every individual who has ADHD, Asperger’s, or Autism is unique and has a unique set of challenges. So instead of offering a “one-size-fits all”, we offer an individualized approach which leads to enhanced outcomes cognitively, academically, emotionally, socially, and behaviorally. Individuals can select from a “buffet” of options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Our approach includes the following five-part process: 

​PART 1— ASSESSMENTS

We conduct assessments to determine the target challenges that are causing problems and their contributing factors.


PART 2— CREATI​NG AN INDIVIDUALIZED SUCCESS PLAN

The individualized success plan will incorporate the components needed for success.


​PART ​3— ​​BRAIN "MECHANICS"

There are a variety of factors that play a part in how well the brain “powers up” and performs. Optimal brain functioning is like a well-running machine. To increase brain functioning, we utilize a combination of programs, exercises, and protocols to help: 

  • ​Increase neurogenesis—the creation of new neurons; and neuroplasticity— rewiring, fine-tuning, and strengthening the brain.
  • ​Enhance neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers for learning & performance).
  • ​Increase mental fuel—the brain requires fuel or energy to perform optimally.
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    ​Strengthen and increase the connectedness and coherence between parts of the brain.
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    ​Stimulate the Reticular Activating System— the brain’s attention activator. 

PART 4— SKILL BUILDING

Brain Zone ​provides several skill-building options for the following groups of individuals: 1) children and youth; 2) adults.

Skill-Building for Children and Youth with ADHD, Asperger's, or Autism

After we complete an initial assessment to identify a child’s/youth’s challenges, we meet with their parents for an Assessments-Results Consultation. Parents may then select one or more of the following programs for their child (each are 1 hour and the child/youth can participate 1, 2, 3, or 5 times a week in each program). Options include large group (15 students), medium group (8 students), small group (4 students), or one-on-one.

​Executive Function Skill-Building

The executive functions are housed in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Executive functioning is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. This involves skills such as:

  • Impulse control.
  • Planning.
  • Organizing.
  • Strategizing.
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    Paying attention to and remembering details.
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    Emotional Control.
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    Managing time and space.
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    Self-motivation.
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    Self-assessment.
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    Flexibility/dealing with change.

​​​Cognitive/Academic Skill-Building

Special help is given to students who are struggling with cognitive or academic skills. This program helps students increase general academic-success by enhancing the following skills:

  • Attention and focus.
  • Short and long-term memory. 
  • Academic organization.
  • Note taking and test taking.
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    Asking for help when needed.
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    Audio, visual and input processing.
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    Comprehension.
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    Time management; not procrastinating.
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    Motivation.
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    Not shutting down.
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    Task completion; turning in homework.

(Students can also receive help in specific subject areas including writing, spelling, reading and math.)

Homework Hub

Homework can be an unpleasant time of day for students and parents. The Homework Hub offers a productive setting for your child to get the motivation and help he or she needs to successfully complete homework. And because homework is done, time at home can be centered on more pleasant activities and interactions. Homework Hub is set up to be a positive experience and includes academic tips and success strategies.

Social/Relationship Skill-Building

Children/youth participate in activities and lessons that teach them important social/relationship skills, then are given opportunities to practice those skills at Brain Zone while being guided by a mentor.

​​Emotional Management Skill-Building

Activities and lessons are provided to empower children/youth to develop emotional management, including the skills needed to:

  • ​Recognize and identify their emotions.
  • ​Identify what triggered their emotions.
  • ​Assess their emotions to see if they are valid.
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    ​Communicate and deal with their emotions in a positive way.
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    Control their emotions

Life-Success Skill-Building

ADHD, Asperger’s, and Autism can interfere with a child/youth developing important life-success skills. We provide activities and lessons that help increase important life-success skills. 

Meditation and Mindfulness

In today’s fast-paced, high-tech world, a child can easily experience heightened levels of stress, anxiety, restlessness, or being over-stimulated. Two great ways to minimize these negative emotions and behavior are meditation and mindfulness. 

Meditation is the act of spending time in quiet thought.  

Mindfulness is noticing what is happening right now. It is noticing how your body feels and what you see, smell, hear, and taste. It is noticing the emotions you are feeling. It is also noticing what your mind is doing.  

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness for kids include increasing:

  • Focus/cognitive functioning.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Overall emotional regulation.
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    The ability to use their brain to make good things happen.
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    Empathy.

​Adults with ADHD, Asperger's or Autism

We offer Adults with ADHD, Asperger’s, or Autism one-on-one consultations.


PART 5— ONGOING SUPPORT

The transformation from the stress of ADHD, Asperger’s, or Autism to success is seldom a quick or effortless journey. That is why at Brain Zone we provide an on-going support system. Whenever you need guidance, tools, or encouragement; or are in the middle of a challenging situation — we are always just a phone call away.  


ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Consultations and/or Classes for Parents

Brain Zone offers parents one-on-one consultations, as well as classes to guide them as they navigate the challenges of parenting a child with ADHD, Asperger’s, or Autism. 

​​Educational Consulting

​Brain Zone can help increase your child’s academic success through:

  • Our observing your child in his/her classroom, and providing educational recommendations to the teacher(s). 
  • ​Creating an academic-success plan for your child.
  • If needed, creating a 504 or IEP (Individualized Education Plan) “blueprint” and going to the 504 or IEP meeting with you to advocate for your child and ensure that he/she gets any needed adaptations/services.Our observing your child in his/her classroom, and providing educational recommendations to the teacher(s).

Remember, ADHD, Asperger’s, or Autism does not have to be a life-sentence of doom and gloom. Brain Zone offers help for a better today and a brighter tomorrow.

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