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Training The Brain

Son’s Aggression, Outbursts Subside
With Brain Training Center Treatments

Neurofeedback “Will Change Your Life”, Says Fairfield Mother

In many ways, Bryce Peters is a typical five-year-old
boy, ‘made of snakes and snails and puppy dog tails’, as the old
song goes.
But like any good parents, former Fairfield residents
Aaron and Andrea Peters became concerned with what they
thought was overly aggressive behavior in their son, brought on
by his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which
can cause people to be hyperactive and unable to control their
impulses.
They sought help from Kimberly Briggs of the Brain
Training Center in Fairfield, and have noticed significant
improvement in Bryce’s behavior.
“Episodes of aggressive biting and verbal outbursts
kept him from being able to participate in normal childhood
activities. We were researching services online and Kim’s
website continued to pop up, prompting us to give her a call to
discuss her services,” said Andrea. “It is a very unique and
painless service (electrodes are attached to the head to pick up
brain waves, which can be adjusted), so we felt we had nothing
to lose by giving it a try.”
They’re glad they did. Bryce began meeting with Briggs
in mid-August and has been undergoing sessions bi-weekly for
a minimum of 20 minutes each time, and it’s helping.
“It was a slow start to see change, but she explained
that it would be,” Andrea said. “He has been able to focus and
multi-task more than before. The issues of biting and verbal
outbursts have subsided significantly, and his manners and
levels of respect to his surroundings have definitely improved,
as well.”
Andrea recommends Brain Training Center to others
who are facing similar situations.

“Although Bruce is a boy, and we’d often hear ‘he’s just
a boy (when he would act out)’, some things needed corrected,
and we felt he needed special attention and treatment,” she
said. “Any parent that notices their child has behavioral issues
and feel that they have tried everything possible, but simply
cannot get the child under control, should strongly consider this
service.”
Simply put, the treatments have changed their lives for
the better.
“It has allowed Bryce to spend more time with his
friends, where he can control himself, and we do not have to
fear that he will hurt others or act out in an inappropriate
manner when he’s in those situations,” Andrea said. “It has
allowed him to be a kid.”
Aaron and Andrea were both raised in Wayne County,
with him graduating from FCHS in 1999, and her following in
2003. In 2008, they sold their Family Roots Nursery & Peters
Landscaping business in Fairfield, and purchased the Jenkins
Greenhouse retail location in Dale, Indiana. The business is
very similar to the one they operated in Fairfield, except for the
addition of a retail fresh cut floral department. Aaron oversees
the Landscaping division while Andrea looks after the Floral
division.
They live in Holland, Indiana with Bryce and their six-
month-old daughter, Emma.
If you would like to talk to Kimberly Briggs about the
benefits of treatments at the Brain Training Center, give her a
call at 618-599-0534.
Though a bright boy, ten-year-old Isaiah Hickox
used to struggle with attention-to-task, retention,
and learning.
But his parents saw “immediate change” after
submitting him to Neurofeedback with Kim Briggs
at The Brain Training Center in Fairfield.
“Isaiah has always struggled with reading. Even
in kindergarten, I asked his teacher if he was pos-
sibly dyslexic,” said his mom, Mrs. Chris (Lynde)
Hickox, of Fairfield. “I had done enough reading
to know that everyone processes (thoughts) differ-
ently…we weren’t figuring out how he processed.”
But after attending a conference led by Dr. Caro-
line Leaf (cognitive neuroscientist) a few years ago,
Lynde devoured her book, ‘Switch On My Brain’,
and started to better understand her son. She
learned of Briggs’ business via an Outlook article
published last March, and—seeing the connection
between her specialty and what Dr. Leaf teaches—
made an appointment.
“I took him in for his first session, and
immedi-
ately Kim was able to see what part of his problem
was,” Lynde said.
“Our brain has five different waves that oper-
ate in different hemispheres of our brain. Each one
does something different. The brain waves are sup-
posed to be balanced, but Isaiah’s was not,” she
explained. “Kim hooked him up to the EEG (elec-
troencephalogram, a test that detects electrical ac-
tivity in the brain), and you could see that he was
producing too much Alpha and too much Delta.
“The lines were supposed to be small and tight,

Isaiah Hickox, ten, of Fairfield, experienced “immediate change”
in learning, says his mother, after beginning sessions with Kim Briggs,
MS, CCC/SLP, owner of The Brain Training Center in Fairfield.
correct punctuation and capitalization,” Lynde said.
but his were spiked high and all over the place. This pre-
vented him from being able to concentrate and process
thoughts correctly.”
Isaiah had his first session with Briggs on a Friday,
and returned that following Monday.
“I was completely surprised! Just from one session,
you could see that his brain waves were already reducing
in size,” Lynde said. “We could see an immediate change
in his behavior, in how he processed. It was like he ma-
tured overnight, and he wasn’t having trouble expressing
his thoughts anymore. His confidence started to grow.”
Isaiah’s parents also noticed he started being “funny
on purpose”, and his school work improved. After three
sessions, his teacher “teared-up on me when she told me
that he was now writing full, complete sentences with

Twenty sessions later, “we can’t even begin to
explain the positive changes we have seen in him. It’s
working!” she said. “His reading and writing continue to
improve. He is now bringing home A’s and B’s, (and) he
seems to understand what he is reading more and
more.
“It’s like a switch was flipped, and now he knows
what he can do.”
Isaiah’s parents skipped sessions in the fall because
he was involved in
football, but plan to do a few more.
Exactly how many will depend on the balance of his
brain waves as they go along.“I strongly encourage
anyone who might have a learning disability, anxiety, or
trouble focusing to give brain training a try,” Lynde said.
“I
sin- cerely believe you won’t be disappointed.
“It will change your life.”

Brain Training Center Stops Fairfield Woman's Hot Flashes

Training The Brain​​​

Boy, 11, Victorious Over Anxiety Thanks To Neurofeedback By Briggs

Marcia Puckett admits she was skeptical about
brain training treatments, at
Marcia had her session with Kim late last
winter or early spring, and noticed immediate

improvement. Seven or eight sessions later, the hot
“The treatments were very simple, from my
perspective, and very brief,” Marcia said. “Kim

 attached electrodes to my head to pick up the
different types of brain waves, and if they were too
high or low, she would adjust one or both until they
eventually stayed more in sync from session-to-
session. All I did was sit in a chair and keep my
eyes focused in one place (usually watching a
video or TV show of her choice).”
Marcia is blown away by the results, and she
couldn’t be happier.
ing through it, especially if there was an effective
remedy available.”
to let her know and we could do some more.
“But so far, I can happily say there have been
no further episodes!”
Marcia is a Special Education Teacher at the
Kindergarten and First Grade levels at North Side and will observe their 30th wedding anniversary in May 2018.
Their sons are Max, 15, a freshman at FCHS who is active in
football, basketball, baseball (school and travel) and track. Ian is
nine years old and a fourth grader at Center Street School. He’s
involved in travel baseball, has played Upward Basketball, and
wants to participate in all school sports when he’s old enough.
To learn more about the Brain Training Center, visit the website
(braintrainingcenter.org) or give Kimberly Briggs a call at 618-599-
0534. Her home-based business is located on the east side of
Master’s Degree (in
Speech Language Pathology) from Eastern
Illinois University in 1994, and has worked in schools, hospitals,
and nursing home facilities with children age three through adults.
She earned her second Master’s Degree (in School Leadership)
in 2014.

A Mt . Vernon woman has found help for
her son, who was struggling with anxiety,
from a Fairfield woman who specializes in
Neurofeedback.
Joyce Bechtel had tried counseling (
spe-
cifically Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing Therapy), to help her son,
Cayden; but the treatment was unsuccess-
ful. However, the tide began to turn after
she began taking him to The Brain Training
Center in Fairfield, where Cayden has been
working with Kim Briggs, MS, CCC/SLP.
The anxiety caused him to be fearful, to
the point where he was unable to leave his
parents’ side.
“He experienced debilitating fear every
time we were in strange places or around a
lot of people. He also struggled with focus
issues, therefore academics were not his
strong suit,” Joyce said. “We were home-
schooling him at the time we first went to
see Kim.”
The Bechtels began meeting at The
Brain Training Center in March 2015, sub-
mitting to sessions twice a week for the first
couple of months, then once a week there-
after (with the exception of taking a few
months off during summer vacation). They
will continue going weekly for a little while longer.
It’s been amazing, Bechtel indicated.
“Within a month or so, we saw a noticeable change in
Cayden’s anxiety. He was less fearful on a daily basis,
and even started feeling more comfortable away from us
for short times; for example, he could go to the restroom
alone in public if I were waiting outside the bathroom for
him,” Joyce said. “Then we noticed that if he could see
us, he was fine. He didn’t need to be holding our hand.”
One of the reasons Cayden was scared was because
the anxiety caused him to feel that there were shooters
waiting in public places. It is not unusual for a person with
anxiety to hear of such stories unfolding elsewhere, and
feel that it will happen to them, even if their feelings are
unreasonable. But things are different now.
“He quit worrying about shooters in public places, and
felt more at ease when we left home,” Joyce said. “This
has continued to improve.”
to send him back to public school this year. He had
spe-
cifically struggled with Math, so Kim targeted certain ar-
eas of his brain for treatment—and after one month, he
began doing better in that subject.
“His grades are starting to improve (overall), as well,”
Joyce added. “We are very thankful or Kim and the
Brain Training Center. We believe (the Center) has
greatly
im- proved Cayden’s quality of life, and Kim is a
gem, for sure!”
With Neurofeedback, noninvasive sensors are
placed on the head that
act like stethoscopes. They
read the brainwaves, which are then displayed on a
computer screen, allowing both the practitioner and the
patient to see them. This information (feedback) is used
to train the brain through a computer game that rewards
the patient when they are improving.
For more information, Call Kim Briggs at The Brain
Training Center, 618-842- 5487.

Training The Brain

Neurofeedback Helped Karolee After Stroke, Loss Of Husband

Nothing can change the fact that Karolee Vaughan
suffered a stroke a few years ago.
And nothing can change the fact that in February 2015
she lost her beloved husband, Robert. Out of the blue, his heart
simply stopped beating.
The stroke has been incredibly difficult to deal with. But
losing the man she’d been married to since they were
teenagers has been even harder, she said.
Yet in the midst of that deep valley, Karolee found help
help she did not expect from Kimberly Briggs at The Brain
Training Center in Fairfield.
“When my husband passed, several of his high school
basketball teammates came to his funeral. One of them, Mike
Allen, is the Chief Executive Officer at Brain Wellness and
Biofeedback Center in Bethesda, Maryland,” Karolee said. “He
told me that Neurotherapy is having significant success in
treating veterans and others with PTSD and brain injury.
“So I began researching 
neurotherapy and
biofeedback,” she said. “I liked what I learned, but didn’t think I
could find this service around here. When I learned that Kim
had the training and the equipment for this, I was so excited!”
Briggs actually reached out to Karolee via a Facebook
message before she officially launched her business.
“She knew that I’d had a stroke a few years ago, and
she thought brain training could possibly help me with residual
effects from it,” she said. “I was interested from the moment I
knew she had the training.”
Within a couple of treatments, Karolee noticed
subtle

improvements.
“The first thing I noticed was that I was able to sleep
more, and I had less depression and anxiety. Then the
improvements came more quickly, and I was able to think more
clearly,” she said, noting she had about 20 treatments.
Thinking more clearly was remarkable for Karolee,
considering that she has aphasia (loss of ability to understand
or express speech, caused by brain damage from the stroke).
“I can think, but sometimes what I am thinking doesn’t
come out with...speech, writing numbers, kind of like a learning
disability,” she explained. “Kim and her beeping computer
helped me so much with my spelling and getting rid of
transferred numbers I was writing.
“The clarity I got from the sessions was amazing, and I
can’t thank her enough!”
In addition, Karolee regained some feeling in her hand
for the first time since the stroke. Her speech improved, also.
“I don’t know how it works, but it worked for me. I thank
God for the beeps and for Kim!” she said. “And oh yes, when
you accomplish skills, they stay! I finished my treatments in
May, and I still have them!”
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Boy Shows Stunning Improvement In
School After Brain Training Sessions


It was really tough on Ben and Kassi Michels of rural Cisne, having to watch their son struggle so much in school.
Rayce Michels, a nine-year-old third grader at Clay City Elementary School, was having difficulty paying attention. He had a hard time with reading and was falling behind in class and getting frustrated when doing his homework.
“Doing homework at night would take hours because if he got frustrated he would shut down on us, and usually ended up in tears,” said Kassi.
She took her son to Dr. Michael Klingler, a Flora pediatrician, who determined that Rayce was suffering from a mild form of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
“I told Dr. Klingler I preferred not to put him on medication and asked if he knew of any alternate options,” Kassi said. “He told me about Kim (Briggs) at the Brain Training Center in Fairfield, so as soon as we got home from the doctor’s appointment, I looked up her information on Facebook and gave her a call.”
It turned out to be a fantastic decision.
“We began seeing Kim in September 2017 and continued into December. We went to a total of 14 sessions (once or twice a week), and since seeing Kim, Rayce’s frustration with school work is nothing compared to what it was,” Kassi said. “If he gets frustrated now, he doesn’t shut down like he used to. He just takes a deep breath and keeps going.”
The proof’s in the pudding: Rayce has gone from making Cs, Ds and Fs to making all As and Bs, and his reading skills have improved. His general education teacher, Tracy Koester, has known him since last August and has taught him all subjects: Math, Reading, Language Arts, Spelling, Social Studies and Science.
“He struggled with reading and focusing at the beginning of school, (but) his reading level and focus have improved. He is now making an average to above-average score on his tests and grades, overall,” she said. “With the Brain Training and his 504 plan at school, Rayce is now succeeding in the third grade classroom. He seems to have confidence taking his tests and loves to succeed!”
Kassi highly recommends the Brain Training Center.
“I’ve told several that I know are facing the same issues to give Kim a call,” she said. “I felt extremely defeated as a parent when we first saw Kim; now, Rayce is like a different kid. I am so glad we saw Kim! She was very patient with Rayce and is very accommodating with our schedule. She has helped us tremendously.
“He has much more confidence in himself and his school work,” his mom added. “I have received multiple messages from his teacher about how much better he is doing and how proud she is of him. We are all proud of him!”
Brain Training can benefit anyone, from children to adults, and uses a noninvasive treatment to exercise the brain. With children, it helps with ADHD, emotional and behavioral issues, learning and developmental delays, etc. With adults, it is commonly used to treat anxiety, depression, obsessing and sleep problems.
There is also research that it helps with migraines, concussions, and addictions.
Neurofeedback measures brain activity and helps improve certain brain patterns. Once you learn new patterns, your brain remembers them with practice.
Changing brain activity can improve attention, emotions and behaviors. With Neurofeedback the brain changes itself, helping many of these issues improve.
You can contact Kimberly Briggs online (braintrainingcenter.org), by e-mail ([email protected]) or by phone (618-599-0534). Her office is located on the east side of Fairfield, 1981 Hwy. 15.

      
Brain Training Center Bring
Life-Changing Help To Boy
   
Before seeking treatment with Kimberly Briggs at the Brain Training Center in Fairfield, 11-year-old Caden Arnold of Iuka had been on medication for several years.
    His parents, Mat and Hollie, had run out of solutions in dealing with his anger, negative attitude, and concentration difficulties. The medicine just wasn’t cutting it.
    But while doing a Google search to find out how brain training might be able to help their son, Briggs’ name popped up. They contacted her and began a series of sessions in May.
    “We noticed positive changes right away. After two treatments, his attitude was so much better. He’s had about 25 sessions now and treatments will wrap up around the first of August,” Hollie said.
    “Caden isn’t angry anymore. His attitude has changed for the better, and overall his behavior has changed and is so much better.”
    Briggs, a Speech Language Pathologist for the last 24 years, pursued training in Neurofeedback in 2015 after a friend told her about her grandson and the remarkable changes he experienced with the treatment. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that measures brain activity and helps improve certain brain patterns.
    Treatment can benefit anyone, from children to adults. With children, it helps with ADHD, emotional and behavioral issues, and learning and developmental delays. With adults, it is commonly used to treat anxiety, depression, obsessing and sleep problems.
    There is also research that it helps with migraines, concussions and addictions. In one case previously published in Outlook, Briggs even helped a woman get relief from hot flashes.
    And then there are stories like Caden’s.
    “Brain training treatments have allowed Caden to be himself, not a kid who’s medicated,” Hollie said. “He’s a much more loving, confident kid now, and enjoys life now more than ever.”
    She urged other parents in her position to seek treatment at the Brain Training Center.
    “I would advise them to give it a shot. Our thoughts were, what did we have to lose?” Hollie said. “We are so glad we found Kim. Caden loves going to see her.
    “Any child who experiences anger, ADD, ADHD, anxiety or any other issue should go see Kim,” she added. “It can be a life-changing experience!”
    Learn more about Mrs. Briggs’ work online at braintrainingcenter.org.