Brain Balance Has a Non-Medical Approach to Help Your Child
Brain Balance is the leading drug-free program designed to help kids improve focus, behavior, social skills, anxiety, and academic performance. Our comprehensive programming incorporates learnings from cognitive, behavioral and nutrition fields—an integrated approach that is literally redefining what’s possible.
Is something blocking your child’s social, behavioral or academic progress? Brain Balance picks up where conventional approaches leave off, going beyond the treatment of symptoms to address root causes. At Brain Balance, we’re not about coping with barriers. We’re about knocking them down, one small breakthrough at a time.
Research Shows Brain Balance is Effective
A Harvard study found that kids who participated in the Brain Balance Program saw a significant reduction in ADHD index scores, discernible changes in hyperactivity, enhanced cognitive attention, and reductions in oppositional behavior.
We are continually collaborating with world class researchers to show the efficacy of the program and reveal through data how the Brain Balance Program can help children, teens and adults improve.
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About the Brain Balance Program®
The Brain Balance Program is made up of physical and sensorimotor exercises, academic skills training and healthy nutrition. It is tailored to the needs of your child, and delivered in a uniquely systematic approach that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
A Whole-Brain Approach
The program engages the brain and body together, through sensory engagement, physical development and academic learning activities.
Personalized to Your Child’s Challenges
The program is tailored to your child’s needs and development level, delivered with the frequency and duration needed to drive meaningful change.
1:1 Coaching & Support
Our coaches will personally guide you through the program, including evaluating progress and leveling up as your child advances.
1:1 Nutrition Sessions
A Nutrition Coach will help customize a healthy nutrition plan fit for your child's lifestyle and needs.
You’ll have access to a Program Portal where you can view on demand helper videos, nutrition content, and program resources.
Your child can work onsite at your local Brain Balance Center with our coaches three times per week.
We also offer an at-home virtual option that is parent-led. You'll have weekly video check-ins from your program coach.
NEW: Adult Program
Now more than ever we are called to be on the top of our game and function at higher levels. Whether you need a competitive edge at work, want to improve your quality of life, or long for improved or deeper connections with family and friends, the Brain Balance Program can help you get ahead.
Stories from Brain Balance Center of Oakland County
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"In the past, my son was unable to cope with any upset in his world. He couldn’t process much of what he heard and saw, we couldn’t reason with him, and he didn’t understand others’ fear or hurt. After Brain Balance, he is coping much better when frustrated, hears better, empathizes better, he has a couple friends at school and a couple friends in the neighborhood. His world has expanded and he loves to make people laugh!"
Tobijah R’s Mom, 6 years old
"Before Brain Balance, my son was difficult to handle, his emotions were off the charts, and his frustrations were always at their peak. He was constantly battling stomach problems and could hardly hold a pencil correctly. Although he was very smart, he had no self control. Now, he has made tremendous progress with his academics at school, he jumped two reading levels, and there are absolutely no stomach issues that prevent him from functioning. His penmanship has improved and he can manage tasks better. I see more improvement every week. This has been one of the best things I could ever do to help my child be successful in life!"
Lucas V.’s Mom, 5 years old
"My daughter was unable to read or write other than her name, she struggled with focus and impulsive behavior, was repeating 1st grade with not much improvement, and had tried many remedies without significant growth. After Brain Balance, she is reading and writing well, interacts more with her peers, has improved on her social and academic skills, has more self confidence, and is not currently taking any medication for focus. The program is worth it. The people are great and she enjoys everyone that works here. This program was a true blessing for our daughter."
Reese S.’s Mom and Dad, 8 years old
"My son was immature, hyperactive, didn’t know what was happening at school, and upset. Lots of outbursts, anger, and an inability to express himself. After Brain Balance, he is more mature, has more age-level conversations, is more relaxed and ready to learn, and is able to focus and listen to instructions. He is calmer, has less outbursts, and less anger. Do the program, it improves the whole family’s life!"
Luke A.’s Mom, 10 years old
"My son’s school work took a very long time to complete. My child was frustrated with not only that his body couldn’t do what he wanted it to do, but that his brain also seemed to fail him in recalling and remembering things. Now, he can do his math homework by himself and school has gotten so much better. He has his own opinions for the first time and a new sense of confidence. He is stronger and has new tools to help with anxiety. We will be forever grateful to Brain Balance of Oakland County and its staff."
Grant D.’s Mom, 11 years old
"My daughter hated reading. There were huge tantrums when it was time to read and do chores. She had anger, poor self-esteem, hated herself, and felt like a failure. She was failing reading levels at school and had problems in class. After Brain Balance, she loves to read, is calm and happy, has no arguments or tantrums with homework or chores. Her teacher has commented on several occasions that her changes are remarkable and positive! She is a completely different kid—happy and thriving."
Andrea O.’s Mom, 9 years old
"My son was easily distracted, had a hard time retaining information, was easily frustrated and very repetitive in his behaviors. Now, he has better focus and he gets started on school work without prompting. He’s more clam than the rest of the family in high stress situations. He’s become helpful in seeing things that need to be done. He is now able to go back to school after being homeschooled for 5 years. This is the first time in 6 years that we have seen results. I sing the praises of Brain Balance of Oakland County to anyone who will listen."
Parker C.’s Dad, 15 years old
"My son was unable to attend school due to continuous aggressive and out of control behavior. He was suspended numerous times in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. He was not learning anything and refused to follow directions. The entire family was walking on eggshells and I was often afraid of mu little 8 year old son. We are almost 2 years out of program and my son is about to graduate 5th grade from our local public school, which he has been attending successfully since mid 3rd grade. He no longer has meltdowns at home or at school. He is loving and helpful to his younger sister and sets a positive example for her in ways that I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. I now experience moments of bursting with pride over what a wonderful kid he is!"
Christopher M.’s Mom, 11 years old
"My biggest challenge was my child being able to sit still. He was having a hard time doing his homework and attempts to read a book were impossible. He would read one page, be unable to focus, and would want to do something else. At school, he was unfocused throughout the entire school day, and would disrupt the entire class. My son has really improved since then. He is focused and can read—in fact, he ASKS to read books. He has not been excused from class for disruption since we did the program. If you’re thinking about doing this program, I would come in and speak with the director, Carrie. She is very informative in helping you understand the needs of your child!"
Nathan C.’s Mom, 7 years old
"My grandson was having great difficulty in school with sports, making friends, he had low self esteem, and anger issues. He hated school and was unable to concentrate. He is now much more calm, less frustrated, and has high levels of concentration. He doesn’t mind going to school now, gets along with other children much better, is making friends, and is truly a much happier child. Brain Balance is a wonderful center for children and parents alike. It gives hope to parents and gives the children the results that they need for a great and fulfilling life."
Bryce J.’s Grandma, 11 years old
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Brain Balance of Oakland County
Kurt and Carrie’s desire to open a Brain Balance™ Achievement Center is born out of the 15+ years they spent searching for and exploring solutions for their son, who suffered from ADD, dyslexia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Alec, a junior in high school when they were introduced to Brain Balance, had been medicated for these issues since sixth grade. Alec’s positive experience and outcomes with the Brain Balance program are not unique, and Kurt and Carrie have met dozens of parents whose children have made remarkable gains and achieved a quality of life that they’d previously thought impossible. The Odrobina’s are now delighted to be part of the Brain Balance family, on a mission to assist other families as they enable their children to reach their potential and overcome developmental challenges and disabilities.
Center Director & Owner
Carrie Odrobina serves as Center Director at the Brain Balance of Oakland County, and is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. Carrie is an executive with 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant, executive coach, strategist, educator, and process improvement facilitator in the automotive and health care industries. With degrees in Human Resources Training/Development and Psychology, Carrie has spent her career ensuring individuals reach their potential. Her ability to assess situations and transform environments to create lasting change is as relevant at Brain Balance of Oakland County as it has been in corporate environments.
Sarah is the Program Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, and the heart of a teacher! She has over ten years of experience working with children of all ages, as a preschool teacher, special needs caregiver, Detroit Zoo summer camp counselor, and a para-educator for Lake Orion Community Schools. Her patience, kindness, compassion, and empathy allow her to connect with students and encourage them to believe in themselves. She is excited to meet all the amazing students and families that come to Brain Balance and to motivate students to give their best in sessions while having fun.
Lead Sensory Motor Coach and Assessor
Jill is a Lead Sensory Motor Coach and Assessor at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Dance and is also a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist. Jill brings many years of experience teaching Physical Education and coaching gymnastics, cross country, volleyball, and track. She is organized, honest, patient, and caring, and loves that she gets to work with the wonderful staff at Brain Balance to help kids reach their goals and succeed in life.
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Elise is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Elise brings years of experience working at her church's nursery with children of all ages. Elise is empathetic, approachable, open minded and loves working with kids at Brain Balance. Elise nurtures every student she works with and helps them develop the skills to become the best version of themselves. Elise’s favorite part of Brain Balance is watching the developmental progress of each student. Outside of Brain Balance, Elise loves to crochet, garden, read, and cook. She also cares for two adorable cats and two axolotls. Her favorite quote is “Keep going because you did not come this far just to come this far.”
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Renée is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She is currently studying at Wayne State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She also works with Love For A Child as a camp counselor and mentor for children in the foster care system who have been abused or neglected. Renée is very passionate about helping others and loves that Brain Balance gives her a chance to develop a relationship with students and support them as they grow. In her free time, she enjoys her family cottage, going on hikes, being in nature, and cleaning! One of her favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt says, “The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.”
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Haylee is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She is studying Psychology at Oakland University. Haylee has years of experience in in-home caregiving, ABA therapy, and working with children with developmental disabilities. Her favorite part of working at Brain Balance is getting to see the students at Brain Balance grow, progress, and reach milestones! She finds it absolutely incredible to help create such substantial life-long change! Outside of Brain Balance, Haylee is passionate about psychology, neuroscience, research and American Sign Language. Her favorite quote is “If kids can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way they learn.”
Leah is Assistant Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English as well as a minor in Health. Leah brings years of experience teaching middle school, and absolutely loves helping kids feel safe, comfortable, and welcomed at Brain Balance. She is passionate about mental health, community, and supporting Brain Balance kids and families.
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Emily is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rochester University. Emily brings years of experience as a volunteer in the LINK program, a camp counselor, a soccer coach and trainer, and a youth group leader. She is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential. Her favorite part of Brain Balance is watching students face their fears and reach their goals. She loves the energetic and encouraging atmosphere, as well as the kind and supportive staff that work at Brain Balance. When Emily is not at Brain Balance, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, painting, reading, doing puzzles, and hiking. One of her favorite quotes by Mahatma Gandhi is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Brain Balance Center of Oakland County Events
Join us for our next webinar, The Brain and Anxiety, on Thursday, January 20th, 1:30 PM EST!
We have seen a drastic rise in anxiety over the last two years. Understanding what is happening in the brain to cause anxiety is the first step towards making lifelong change!
Nausea when tasks are difficult, emotional school drop-offs, difficulty changing plans, excessive worry and fear… You are not alone. 1 in 8 children struggles with the symptoms of anxiety. THERE IS HOPE! Join us and learn WHY some kids struggle with anxiety and what is happening in the brain to cause these symptoms. Get actionable tips for alleviating anxiety based on an understanding of brain development. Learn how brain connectivity is connected to the symptoms of anxiety and why strengthening these connections leads to life-long relief from the debilitating grip of worry and fear.
All registrants will receive a free resource guide!
BRAIN BALANCE CENTER OF OAKLAND COUNTY
Brain Balance helps children who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically through a holistic and integrated approach that is customized to meet the needs of each child.