Brain Integration Therapy Manual – Book Review

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From the Cover of Brain Integration Therapy Manual by Dianne Craft:

“You Can Do This Proven Therapy At Home!

It has been proven by hundreds of parents, for the past 20 years, that PROCESSING PROBLEMS can be removed by doing this Brain Integration Therapy at home! Avoid visits to an expensive therapist. All instructions included, with illustrations!

Brain Connection
Dramatically increase connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

Processing Problems
Eliminate processing problems that prevent your child from learning easily.

Learning Skills
Significantly improve your child’s skills in reading, handwriting, and ability to process verbal information.

Why Brain Integration Therapy?
Brain Integration Therapy corrects dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing, and visual processing.”

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book is any parent of a child with learning difficulties. The front cover states, “Brain Integration Therapy brings solutions to the most common problems that bright, yet struggling learners have, including: hearing and understanding; eye tracking problems; slow, labored reading; poor memory; dyslexia; and laborious writing.”

The book begins with easy-to-understand explanations about how the brain works and what happens if the different sections of the brain are not connecting. Symptom lists and characteristics help caregivers determine what areas of processing are being disrupted. The rest of the manual consists of step-by-step instructions on how to complete the therapy at home. Exercise descriptions are accompanied by helpful photographs, so there’s little guesswork for parents in ensuring movements are being done correctly. Therapy takes 15 minutes a day four days a week and 45 minutes one day a week.

Our family has used the Brain Integration Therapy Manual off and on for about five years. We explained what the therapy was and what difficulties it could help. They willingly participated and enjoyed the exercises. We have not consistently done the therapy, so we cannot confirm how well it works when completed for the length of time the book suggests, but we can say it seemed to help in the short term when we were using the therapy regularly.

We struggled mainly because of the number of children in our home and a lack of consistent time in our schedule. We have always wished that we could find an occupational therapy student or someone else to come into our home and do the therapy with our children. For foster or adoptive families with lots of appointments and children, this therapy could be difficult to implement. We did find that when done one-on-one, the therapy helped us to bond and connect with our kids as we did the exercises together.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What new information did you learn from this book?
  2. Was it easy for you to implement with your children? Why or why not?

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