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No, it needs to be completed 5 times a week for it to be effective. From experience, if a child does not take part in the program for a day or a few days they will often ask for it as they miss it!
The Braincalm™ Intensive Program has been piloted through 2016 and 2017 by Brenda Cassidy, OT in numerous primary schools. It has shown to be ‘somewhat effective’, ‘very effective’ or ‘dramatically effective’ in calming & settling dysregulated or ‘out of synch’ children.
Yes it may help him. We have completed the program with many children who have ASD and who are in either special classes or mainstream classes. Many children with ASD are integrated into mainstream classes but need additional help to attend and learn. The child with ASD will likely need further sensory breaks throughout the day in addition the completing the Braincalm™ Intensive Program.
Braincalm™ is a NEW WAY of regulating behaviours in children with SGO (something going on) but without using medication.
It becomes a way of life for school staff & parents who complete the various Braincalm™ courses. When a whole school becomes a fully trained Braincalm School, they all speak Braincalm language.
The Braincalm Intensive Program™ is a well researched program of occupational therapy exercises where a child is taken out of the classroom for 15-20 minutes a day and brought through these exercises for a specific length of time and in a specific order.
It has been developed and piloted by Brenda Cassidy, occupational therapist and based on sensory integration occupational therapy exercises originally researched and developed during the 1970s by Jean Ayres and in recent years by Jane Horwood.
If you are a parent, the cost of the equipment is around €100, $150 or about £80 – 90 for one child. You can buy it online quite cheaply. If you are a school staff member and are purchasing equipment for a group of 3 children, the total cost should be around €150, $200, or about £120.
Yes it may help him. The focus of the program is NOT on physical skills but on BRAIN CALMING & ORGANISING. Many children with dyspraxia (DCD) struggle with attention, organization and memory. This program may help boost those skills. However as a by- product you may well see an improvement in his core and arm/leg strength.
No. The BEST people to take dysregulated children through the 15 minute a day Braincalm™ Intensive Program are
Sometimes parents are able to complete The Braincalm™ Intensive Program at home but it has shown to have better results when done in school.
**BRAINCALM™ INTENSIVE PROGRAM TRAINING is only run as LIVE sessions by Braincalm™ Creator Brenda Cassidy.
The person MUST have completed the LIVE training & be certified by the Braincalm™ Institute.
Yes, you should complete the program at least 5 times a week for 20 minutes. It usually only takes about 15 minutes if you are a parent doing it with your child at home. You can give the child a break on Saturday and Sunday for example.
Yes! If the program works for YOUR child (which it does for about 80% of children) your child should go back after 2 to 3 blocks in a much better state of focus and better able to learn if the program is followed correctly. Plus he will be stronger in his body overall.