Can I Do It?

Public setting: In public schools and regional centers a specific method of modifying the difficult behaviors of children with autism, PDD, or other disabilities that affect behavior, is employed. ABA, as it is commonly called, is used with the children on a daily basis, in a special education, self-contained setting. This has the advantage of giving the parent some break time from the difficult behaviors, and allowing the child to be exposed to other authorities. The disadvantage is the risk it carries of having a government agency involved in our child’s life.

Private clinics: Local clinics often provide the intensive behavior modification program called the Lovaas method on a daily basis. A parent takes the child to the clinic each day. This is paid for by the parents, or possibly with some help from an insurance carrier.

Home setting: Some parents use the home consultation program that Lovaas offers. Therapists come into the home daily to train the parent to work with their own child. This can be very helpful for parents who need this type of intervention for their struggling children. Again, if the child’s physician sees the need, and makes a referral, the parent may receive some help in paying from an insurance carrier.


• The National Association for Child Development is one organization that employs this brain-based therapy, which can be done at home with the guidance of neurotherapists. It is quite expensive, but parents who do it report good results.

• Brain integration therapy, can be done at home with your child, and the other children at home also. It is very inexpensive, but is an independent program, totally parent-led.

• Brain Builder is a neurobic, computer-based training program designed to build memory and thinking skills


• Lindamood intensive phonics program is designed by speech/language specialists. This sequential system of teaching phonemes can be very effective for children struggling to learn to read. It is usually provided by local clinics, and is expensive.

• PACE program (Processing And Cognitive Enhancement) is clinic-based, with additional exercises to be done at home. It is geared more towards visual processing deficits, but includes other areas also. It is usually proved by local clinics and is fairly expensive. Home programs are less expensive.

• Learning Rx is a clinic-based program that uses exercises to stimulate better visual and auditory processing. It is an intensive program that is clinic based and expensive.

• Brainworks (formerly SOI) is a clinic-based program aimed at helping a child with balance issues, visual issues, etc., through exercises. It is usually provided by local clinics and is fairly expensive.

• Interactive Metronome is a clinic-based program that helps a child or adult gain better rhythm, timing, etc., to aid in reading and many life activities. It is fairly expensive. Home programs are less expensive.

• Sylvan Learning Centers, a tutoring clinic, is designed to help a child gain reading or math skills using regular curriculum and techniques. The centers help children who just need more exposure to systematic teaching in various subject areas. It does not correct processing skills (visual, auditory, visual/motor). It is expensive. Sylvan now offers online tutoring for home use.

• Brain integration therapy for children is a home program that can be used with all the children in a family, to make processing skills (visual, auditory, visual/motor…writing) easier. It is inexpensive.



How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning by Carol Barnier

• No More Ritalin by Mary Ann Block, DO

• The Parent’s Guide to Attention Deficit Disorders by McCamey and Bauer

• Help For Your Hyperactive Child, by William Crook, MD

• Smart But Feeling Dumb by Harold Levinson, MD

• Audio tape, Is It Really ADD? by Dianne Craft

• Teaching the Tiger by Dombush and Pruitt

• Website article, Natural Alternatives for ADD/ADHD, Dianne Craft

• Crazy Makers, Carol Simontacchi, Feeding Your Child’s Brain

• Sharper Brain computer program

• Play Attention computer-based interactive program with the same technology as NASA uses for pilot training.

• Excellent website information: National Home Education Network

• Homeschooling the Child with ADD or Other Special Needs, by Lenore Colacion Hayes

• Email support group: Homeschooling Spirited Kids at

• Inside the Brain of the Hyperactive Homeschooler, by Israel Wayne


(see Speech Disorders)


• This largely biological disorder responds dramatically to diet and supplement implementation

• Brain integration therapy by Dianne Craft (helps special-needs children use their right brain to see the big picture)

• Sensory Integration and the Young Child, by Jean Ayres

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