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Better Brain, Better Behavior!

Jun 18, 2013 02:53PM ● By tina

Sponsored by Brain Balance Achievement Center

Written by K. Kendall and C. Powell

At Brain Balance, we have a saying: “Better brain, better behavior.” Yet that really doesn’t tell the whole story because even children who do not have a functional disconnect (right- or left-brain hemispheres that process too slowly) can be ill-behaved at times. All children and parents struggle with behavioral issues, but what are the hidden messages that can be found in this behavior? Kids with a functional disconnect can pose more of a behavioral challenge than others.

Oppositional behavior happens when the higher region of the brain — the prefrontal cortex — is not strong enough to keep the lower brain regions from taking the lead. If it were not for our prefrontal cortex, we would all act like toddlers: running around, not sharing, jumping from one activity to another on a whim and having very little empathy. Behavior is all about brain function, and there is plenty you can do to ensure your child’s brain is functioning at its ultimate capability. First, you need to understand why your child is acting this way, and second, you must put a plan of action in place. All children can benefit from surroundings designed to optimize brain development and function.

Think about that higher level functioning, or “good behavior,” as being the product of the executive function of the brain. If this makes you think of a little CEO in your child’s brain, you are on the right track. The CEO decides the course of action and keeps his team in line. When this process goes awry, bad behavior rears its ugly head. Impulsive behavior, failing to consider the consequences of actions and even risky behavior are all examples of bad behavior your child can exhibit. These unwanted behaviors are due to your child’s executive function not keeping them on track.

So you might be asking yourself: Why does this function take so long to develop, and what can I do to help speed up this process for my kid? One simple answer is that the frontal lobes are the last regions in the brain to mature. The ability to sort out distracting information from meaningful information is an important part of our cognitive abilities because much of the information we perceive isn’t relevant to the tasks that demand our attention at any given moment. Executive function is one of the last brain regions to mature, but if you feel that these steps are not working for your child, the issue might be larger than you are able to tackle at home. The Brain Balance Evaluation will give you insight into your child’s overall brain age and development and determine if additional help is needed to get your son or daughter on track. As part of a Brain Balance Program, we test each child to determine their needs and then coach parents on how to make sure their children’s brain’s needs are met.  Click here to read this full article and to learn more about how fuel, experiences and expectations all play a key role in better behavior. 

A webinar will be broadcast June 26 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. and a live lecture will be broadcast on June 27th from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Brain Balance Southlake encourages parents and educators to tune into the webinar and learn more about behavior and why your child may act a certain way. Parents and educators can also find the latest research and most innovative approaches concerning learning and neurological disabilities at For a full lecture schedule contact Katie Milam at 817-416-9828 or email

Brain Balance Achievement CenterBrain Balance Achievement Centers offer the Brain Balance Program ® in 54 nationwide locations. The Brain Balance Program® is an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties surmount their unique challenges.

This proprietary, non-medical program has been successful in helping thousands of kids reach their physical, social/behavioral health and academic potential. We work with children who suffer with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders.