Mary, her resource teacher, stopped me. She said, “Marnee, I just have to tell you that Ella is doing phenomenally well. She is turning in her assignments. She’s remembering things. She’s advocating for herself.
"This is progress. This is change. Here she is."
On the outside, she looked completely normal but there were these behaviors that were just defiant. They were defiant. They were impulsive. You could ask her to do something and you’d have to ask her so many times and she just wouldn’t do it. The other part of it was she was very forgetful. She would not remember to wear her sneakers for gym class day. She would not remember to bring her library book back. We would make sure that she had her homework done but at the end of the week she wouldn’t turn it in. She would completely forget to do things and so it was a processing thing too. She just couldn’t remember. She also had a hard time focusing on her schoolwork in school and she needed extra help.
We knew that there’s no way this could be her fault. By second grade I had her tested. I had her tested and she had learning disabilities and she got tested under the label of ADHD and so they gave her special … She has resources and school and she has an IEP, individualized education plan. I had her in occupational therapy and I didn’t think that was the answer. I had her going to vision therapy and that seemed like it was part of the answer but not all of the answer. I also was taking her to the chiropractor.
The Brain Balance Center was just opening in Danbury. I was pretty ecstatic because I thought, “Okay, I haven’t found it yet. Maybe this is it.” I called Brain Balance and I set up an evaluation and that’s how I wound up on the doorstep of Brain Balance Center in Danbury.
Ella was motivated because she started to see results and we started to see results early. Even though it was challenging and it was difficult and there was a lot of complaining, she also understood that look, this is short-term for a big gain. Now she doesn’t skip lines and her reading comprehension from what we understand from the test results is astonishingly high for her grade level. It’s been an improvement because I think she enjoys reading more.
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