I have a nine-year-old son who has difficulty
maintaining his focus while in the classroom, but performs very well academically. As
a health care professional I have evaluated alternative methods (other than medical
treatment) to address my son's attention issue. My son takes no medication to help
assist him in the classroom.
For the past four weeks we have been working with Bala Pillai who is a physical therapist.
She started my son on a program called Brain Gym. Since starting with Mrs. Pillai, he
drinks more water, is beginning to concentrate a little more on completing his home-work
without constant reinforcement and uses visual feedback to help him perform better with a
Mrs. Pillai uses exercises that involve the brain working as a bilateral network. For
example, an exercise may include tracking an object while crossing your elbow to your
knee and humming all at the same time.
In my own practice as an optometric physician, I see kids on medication for attention
defficit issues and parents who were not given any other alternative options to consider.
I feel that if parents knew about alternative methods to help assis their kids they would
consider physical therapy and Brain Gym as another option.
Dr. Ray Corbin-Smith
Thankyou for everything you have done for our son during these 2 years of his preschool journey. We
think finding you was ďmeant to beĒ. Your passion and dedication to empower parents with all the
relevant strategies and techniques to help their child on a daily basis has helped us help him with his
everyday challenges. They have helped build the foundation for improved academic achievement,
focus and social interactions. He has developed an interest in sports-thanx to your work with him. The
Listening program has made such a positive difference in him, thankyou for training like us to administer
it at home under your guidance.
We are very proud of what he has accomplished from when you first saw him 2 years ago. Your energy
and enthusiasm has given SA a wonderful and enjoyable time while helping him tackle his challenges
Mrs. Anand - Parent of a child with autism specturm disorder.
Mrs. Bala was instrumental in making us understand how a childís immature nervous system was
coming in the way of their growth and understand why they were different from other children
their own age. She attempted to bridge the cultural differences in parenting beliefs which helped
us understand the teacherís expectations from us. Being immigrant parents, not only did we find
becoming parents of special needs children overwhelming, but we were totally lost, how to help our
Mrs. Pillai is extremely approachable and knowledgeable. She always treated us with respect and
her medical expertise in treating developmental disorders like RJ's and IJ's was very apparent
during our interactions with her. Her ongoing resources through emails, led us to do some research
on our own and explore alternative interventions (diet, etc).
Mrs. Clemente (Parent)
Mrs Pillaiís understanding of cultural differences in parenting helped the teachers and us to
mutually understand each otherís perspective. Her dedication and passion towards reaching
out not only to KP but also to us- his family-is a quality that I as a medical professional can truly
appreciate. She included the entire family during her instructional sessions so that everyone
in our extended family household were familiar with activities that she wanted KP to do at
home. KP used to be very uncoordinated and fell a lot. He could not keep up with his brother or
cousins when they played and this affected his confidence. We have not seen him fall this year
and it fills us with joy to see how happy he is to play along with his peers and especially when
he tries to motivate them to play outside.
Mrs Patel, nurse (Aunt of a child diagnosed with DCD)