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Brain Balance Program

What is Brain BalanceĀ®?

Brain BalanceĀ® is a non-medical cognitive training program designed to help improve focus, behavior, hyperactivity, social skills, anxiety, and academic performance in children.

The Brain BalanceĀ® program is available onsite and at-home with virtual coaching. It comprises one hour of daily cognitive training activities, paired with a nutrition plan. Program length is based on each childā€™s unique needs and goals.

How does Brain BalanceĀ® work?

Brain BalanceĀ® is designed to strengthen weaker areas of the brain through sensory engagement, physical development, and cognitive exercises paired with nutritional guidance. An initial assessment identifies individual strengths and weaknesses, then the program is personalized to a childā€™s needs and development level, building progressively as they advance. A coach supports the child and their caregivers through the program.

Who is Brain BalanceĀ® for?

Brain BalanceĀ® is intended for children 4 years and older, teens, and adults striving to improve focus, keep organized, control impulses, and stay calm.

Brain BalanceĀ® does not require a medical diagnosis nor does it clinically diagnose medical conditions, but it may benefit children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, processing disorders, or learning disorders.

How much does Brain BalanceĀ® cost?

Brain BalanceĀ® is a customized program, so the total number of recommended sessions varies from person to person. For a quote, contact a local Brain BalanceĀ® Center or call the national line at 800-877-5500.

What studies have been done on Brain BalanceĀ®?

A small, exploratory study from McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, referenced on the Brain BalanceĀ® website, found that Brain BalanceĀ® could have clinical, behavioral, and neurobiological effects similar to stimulant medication in alleviating some ADHD symptoms in children. These findings were based on subjective parent reports, as well as clinician ratings, and brain imaging and Quotient test results. However, this study included just 16 children with ADHD and eight children without ADHD ā€” a small sample size ā€” and noted improvement after 75 Brain BalanceĀ® sessions conducted over 15 weeks, which assumes five sessions per week.

Cambridge Brain Sciences, a private brain health assessment company, collaborated with Brain BalanceĀ® on a study that found children who completed three months of the program displayed significant improvements in cognition, particularly in areas of memory, reasoning, verbal ability, and concentration. The study followed 478 participants (aged 4 to 18) as they completed three one-hour sessions every week for three months or fewer. Researchers found improvements in attention and concentration among 4- to 6-year-old participants; improvements in planning and executive function were noted in participants aged 7 and older. These findings came from participantsā€™ results on 12 tasks completed before and after the three-month Brain BalanceĀ® program that evaluated short-term memory, visuospatial working memory, episodic memory, deductive reasoning, mental rotation, feature-based attention and concentration, planning and executive function, visuospatial processing, verbal reasoning, cognitive processing, and verbal working memory. Study designer and author Rebecca Jackson works for Brain BalanceĀ® and study analyst Conor J. Wild provides consulting services to Cambridge Brain Sciences.

Research published in the Journal of Mental Health and Clinical Psychology found that “75% of [Brain BalanceĀ® program participants] showed a 20% improvement or more in panic or anxiety attacks after program participation, and 25% of children demonstrated an 85.7% improvement or more, with an average of 49.4% (SD = 45.6) and a median of 60%.” The study focused on children, aged 4 to 17 years, who were at or below developmental milestones and evaluated the parent-reported changes in their behavior before and after undergoing five to six months of Brain BalanceĀ®. These findings were based on archived survey data from approximately 2,200 students enrolled at Brain BalanceĀ® Achievement Centers and did not compare participants’ results to those of a control group. Primary study author Rebecca Jackson works for Brain BalanceĀ®.

Some research findings shared by Brain BalanceĀ® have been met with skepticism. The Association for Science in Autism Treatment published an article titled, “Is There Science Behind That? Brain Balance” that states the following: “The materials that have been published on the efficacy of Brain BalanceĀ® show that most involve testimonials, self-reports, and only a few, low-quality research studies. All of these elements of ā€˜proofā€™ that Brain BalanceĀ® is effective are weak in terms of empirical evidence and should be considered with caution.ā€

Note: The information published on is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.Ā Always seek the guidance of your doctor or another qualified healthĀ professional regarding medicalĀ conditions and treatments.

Where can I learn more about Brain BalanceĀ®?

Visit to learn more about Brain BalanceĀ® programs for kids, teens, and young adults ages 4 to 24.

Visit to learn more about the Brain BalanceĀ® program for adults.

Visit to learn more about McLean Hospitalā€™s study of Brain BalanceĀ® for kids with ADHD.