1. If I already know that my child resists just about everything, will we be able to do Brain Highways—and still yield results?
Since being combative, aggressive, and withdrawn are hallmark signs of being in survival mode and incomplete lower brain development, we assume that most kids ARE going to initially resist when they first start the course. So, we’ve built into the course many, effective ways to address resistance, which is why (in part) so many kids who were kicked out of other programs have done very well with us.
2. What if my child even resists the idea that I’m going to enroll us in Brain Highways?
Resistance is always an indicator of being in protection mode. So, if you’ve encountered resistance, that means your child’s nervous system has already assessed there’s a threat somehow related to participating. So, what might your child fear if she in enrolled in Brain Highways?
Well, maybe, your child has already participated in lots other programs (and therapies) that didn’t yield many changes, so she’s afraid Brain Highways will also be a waste of time or—even worse--more proof that something is “wrong” with her (though she won’t likely say that). Or, maybe she is already busy and is concerned about adding anything more to her life.
So, it’s best to first address the resistance, but not in terms of trying to convince her otherwise. Instead you might say something like, “I get how you might not want to do yet another program after you’ve already done so many. Part of me feels the same way.” Or, “I get how you’re not on board with adding one more thing to your already busy life. Part of me feels the same way.”
And then, you could ask if she’d like to know why you believe Brain Highways might be different. If so, here are some reasons you might say:
A) No one can even enroll in Brain Highways if parents think the program is about fixing their child. That’s NOT what Brain Highways offers because (when understanding how the brain works), it’s not even possible to “fix” someone else.
B) I really want to make changes in my OWN brain so that I don’t (fill in the blank with behaviors your child would support liking to be gone)—but I can’t do the program without a child.
C) I’ve already learned how any of us may be working way harder than we’re supposed to, and who wouldn’t want an easier life, with more free time to do what we enjoy?
If your child claims that “everything is just fine,” you can also share (and it’s all true) that past Brain Highways participants have included doctors, neuroscientists, teachers, lawyers, dentists, journalists, and more. So, this course is for everyone.
3. Other than paying the class fee, do participants need to purchase anything else for the course?
The answer is no—with one small exception. If your home is all carpet, you’ll need to buy something to lay on top of it for your 30-minute floor time sessions. That’s because doing the lower brain movements on carpet is challenging and will slow your progress. But such alternative covering is inexpensive (usually around $20) and can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Once you’re in the program, we provide more specifics on flooring options.
4. Why are there two, family program courses—a pons and a midbrain one?
In our mind, there’s just one course that teaches you how to complete your entire lower brain development and restore your nervous system’s flexibility.
But we get that you’re probably already very busy and not sure whether this program will even work for you. So, to make it easy to start, we divide our program into two courses—where everyone begins in the pons course. That then requires less of an initial time and financial commitment and gives you a chance (in the pons course) to know—not just hope--that those kinds of changes are possible for you and your child.
5. After participants complete the second family course, will they be all done with their lower brain development?
First, it is important to understand that the lower brain development only happens by doing certain movements, which is why participants keep weekly logs of just that specific time. Referring to chronological time (e.g., the span of two courses) to measure this development will always be inaccurate since almost every part of each day is not spent doing those very key movements.
Additionally, participants do not all start our family program with the same lower brain development, nor do participants necessarily spend the same amount of time developing their lower brain throughout the two courses. (Once in the midbrain course, participants have a lot of flexibility with their lower brain time commitment.)
Yet, by the time participants finish the midbrain course, most have racked up around 85 hours of lower brain work. Note that 85 hours is quite a significant amount of time in terms of lower brain development, and that is more than enough for participants to have experienced some very notable changes. (Participants actually already experience changes even in the pons course.)
However, the average person requires somewhere between 150-300 hours to be completely DONE. (Note the qualifying word is average, meaning there will be some people who have completed their lower brain work in less time, while others have needed more time.)
So, when participants wrap up the midbrain course, some may be done with their pons development, but most will not likely be done with all their lower brain development. However (and this is key), participants will now know everything that they need to know to complete their lower brain development on their own, and so they can continue at whatever pace works best for them.
6. Once the lower brain development is complete, do participants have to do maintenance work?
No. Whenever the lower brain development is completed, you are absolutely done! You have made those important neural connections, and so you now also have those automatic, brain functions—for the rest of your life. (Woo-hoo!)
7. If it seems like my child shows more signs of incomplete midbrain development (rather than incomplete pons development), can we just start with midbrain course?
Everyone starts in the pons course for the following reasons:
A) When creating a solid lower brain foundation (which is key to ensuring the brain works as intended), it’s important not to skip any part of that development.
B) Your child’s midbrain symptoms may not be related to just incomplete midbrain development. For example, the midbrain and higher centers of the brain are often preoccupied with trying to compensate for incomplete PONS development. If those compensations are effective, pons-related behaviors may not be showing up. But the price for that is . . . now the midbrain and higher centers aren't fully available to do their own job. That's why many midbrain symptoms do often start improving or even disappear just by developing the pons! Simply, as more and more of the pons develops, the midbrain is now more available to do its own job.
C) Along with developing the lower brain, much of the pons course focuses on how to restore your nervous system’s flexibility—and the ability to "bounce back" is very key to how we handle everyday stress. So, if you started in the midbrain course, you wouldn’t ever learn how to apply this important information in your life, and you’d be completely lost when we introduce the more advanced nervous system techniques in the midbrain course.
8. When would we take the midbrain course?
Upon completing the pons course, you have these options: a) enroll in the upcoming midbrain course; b) wait to do the course at another time; and c) choose not to continue.
However, about 95% of the participants do enroll in the very next midbrain course. That’s because they’re excited by the changes they’re already experiencing (and they also know there are no more family program courses after the midbrain course). After the midbrain course, families are now ready to finish whatever lower brain development they have left on their own.
9. How does Brain Highways differ from other therapies?
First, we offer only educational courses. So, we’re not therapy or any kind of medical program (which is also why we’re not covered by insurance).
But Brain Highways originated from asking lots of questions, such as: Why DO some kids need occupational therapy? Speech therapy? Vision therapy? It’s our experience that many kids will likely require such services if they didn’t ever complete their lower brain development during their first year of life.
That underdevelopment may also explain what participants who are concurrently doing a therapy while in a Brain Highways class often share the same comment. They’ll say that their child’s therapist is astounded by how their child is “suddenly” reaching milestones and moving forward at such a rapid pace—and that’s often after being in that therapy for years.
Similarly, we’ve also had participants share that while their child had made some improvements when previously participating in a therapy, it wasn’t until after their child started developing his lower centers of the brain and restoring his nervous system’s flexibility that he began to experience so many significant, lasting changes
10. Can a child be on medication while doing the Brain Highways program?
Yes. In our program, it makes no difference if a child is on medication or if a family chooses not to medicate. Neither scenario interferes with developing the lower centers of the brain, improving sensory processing, or recalibrating the nervous system.
11. Do children go off medication after completing the Brain Highways program?
Yes. Many families report that their children were able to reduce and/or go completely off prior medications after completing the Brain Highways program. However, in all cases, such decisions were made by the family and their doctor. Since we’re solely an educational program, the Brain Highways staff is never involved in such decisions.
12. Is it possible to talk by phone to Brain Highways staff about my child before enrolling?
Due to the large volume of people, worldwide, who inquire about our program and the significant time changes between where such people live and Brain Highways staff live, it’s not feasible to do individual phone calls. However, we’re always happy to respond to any individual concerns or questions sent via email.
13. Is it possible to talk to prior participants before enrolling?
We do not directly connect prior participants to those interested in the program for two reasons. First, our experience is that such interactions usually don’t end up offering the kind of assurance people are seeking unless the contacted person’s child is the exact same gender and age and has the exact same diagnosis. But we also don’t want to put our participants “on the spot” by asking them to talk to someone that they don’t know.
However, we do share many prior parents and kids experiences in our galleries (in our Results section), as well as feature some amazing changes from our participants, worldwide, in the many, many posts appearing on our Brain Highways Facebook page.