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    Dr. Robert Melillo on Health Talk

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dr. Robert Melillo was recently featured on Health Talk discussing autism in children. Be sure to watch the segment here:

    Healthy School Morning Breakfast Ideas for Picky Eaters

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Many children go through a picky eater phase; however, children with learning and/or behavioral issues are particularly prone to being picky eaters. This is often due to food sensitivities or aversions. Children with these challenges can also benefit from following a special diet that eliminates trigger foods. However, a special diet doesn’t have to mean a restrictive diet. Work with a child behavior expert to determine nutritional guidelines to follow for your youngster and adapt the following breakfast ideas to suit your child’s diet.

    Savory Pancakes

    Since many children with learning and/or behavioral challenges are sensitive to gluten, homemade pancakes present an attractive alternative to bread. Make savory, rather than sweet, pancakes for your youngster. You can substitute gluten-free flours, such as buckwheat, chickpea flour, oat flour, or tapioca flour. Additional gluten-free flours include potato starch, brown rice flour, and sorghum flour. If your child is following a dairy-free diet, substitute almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk in your pancake recipe. Consider shredding vegetables into the batter, such as zucchini or carrots. Instead of using syrup, top the savory pancakes with unsweetened applesauce or nut butter.

    Banana Dogs

    Picky eaters can often be enticed to eat healthy breakfast foods when they are creatively presented. Offer your child a “banana dog.” Spread a whole grain, gluten-free hot dog roll with nut butter and insert a peeled banana. Sprinkle raisins on top or use another chopped, dried fruit such as apricots.

    Egg Sandwiches

    Egg sandwiches help your child meet his protein quota for the day. Spread the inside of gluten-free pita bread with low-fat mayo (or use vegan mayo). Slice a couple of hardboiled eggs and arrange them inside the pita pocket, along with some spinach or other vegetables. Serve with a side of fresh fruit.

    Parents can consult the certified nutrition coach available at every Brain Balance Achievement Center. This professional develops customized nutritional guidelines for children with learning disorders and behavioral issues, which are based on each child’s unique needs. For more information about the drug-free Brain Balance Program, call our Springfield location at (610) 400-1351 or our Cherry Hill center at (856) 316-7035.

    Dr. Rob Show Episode 4

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The Dr. Rob Show won't be airing this week, but here is the latest episode in case you missed it last week!

    "Cracking the Code on Food Sensitivity" - Clip from the Dr. Oz Show

    Last updated 6 months ago

    At Brain Balance, we look at food sensitivities and the way our bodies are reacting to foods because we know how it can effect focus, mood, behavior, and processing. This is a perfect explanation for parents to understand WHY we do nutritional testing as part of the Brain Balance Program.


    Red Flags That Your Child Is Falling Behind at School

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The signs of a potential learning disorder become increasingly evident as a child progresses through the grade levels. If you suspect your child is having trouble, don’t delay taking action. Consult his teacher to discuss your child’s performance in school – even before the first report card is issued. If your child is indeed struggling, schedule an appointment with a learning disorder expert to determine how best to help your child. In addition to poor academic performance, the following are red flags that your child is falling behind in school.

    Personality or Behavioral Changes

    When your child is falling behind in school, he may not tell you directly. Instead, look for clues that indicate a discomfort with school. Young children might become increasingly needy. Moodiness, irritability, and even aggression may occur, particularly right before the school day starts. Other children may become less socially active and exhibit signs of depression, such as lethargy.

    Communication Difficulties

    Sometimes, a learning disorder creates communication difficulties for children due to improper information processing. Your child’s teacher might note that he seems to speak at a level that isn’t on target for his age group, or that he appears to have trouble listening and understanding directions. Your child may also have trouble finding the right words to express himself.

    Organization and Attentiveness Problems

    If your child has a learning disorder, he may have difficulties staying on task and paying attention in class. He might display organizational problems, such as frequently forgetting homework assignments or other important items.

    The team at The Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Springfield and Cherry Hill believe that every child can reach his full potential and take pride in his academic achievements. If your child could be struggling with a learning disorder, schedule an assessment with one of our learning and behavioral experts. Contact our location in Cherry Hill at (856) 316-7035 or Springfield at (610) 400-1351.

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