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Invisible, neurological issues can keep people of any age from performing and feeling at their best. Although BNT is known for its success with learning and behavior issues, the truth is many chronic health issues deserve this thorough and holistic approach.  Many times if one family member needs help, other family member might also benefit from care.

Clues that you, or someone you may know or love, might have a learning difference:Phyllis with child, Books Neural Therapy, Dyslexia Treatments, ADHD Treatments, Dyslexia Symptoms, Chiropractor, Austin

  • Difficulty with reading, writing or math
  • Delayed auditory Response (frequently asks to repeat a word or phrase)
  • Poor sense of direction (confuses right and left)
  • Inability to concentrate when studying or playing
  • Poor motor skills (clumsy/accident prone)
  • Lack of focus; daydreams a lot
  • Inability to comprehend and retain reading material
  • Problems carrying out multiple instructions
  • Eye-hand coordination problems (handwriting, depth perception, etc.)
  • Confuses or reverses instructions
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Low self-esteem and distorted self-image.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of Biology of Belief,  discusses how brains can change with Dr. Phyllis Books in this video.

A learning difference can manifest itself in various ways, often escaping detection because of the variety of symptoms. It can account for a bright child or adult not performing as well as expected.


Neuroscientist and author Dr. Joe Dispenza, speaking with Dr. Books, explains how the brain changes through the repeated stimulation of gentle touch on key areas trademarked in Books Neural Therapy™ methods.

We offer a unique and comprehensive program that starts with the very foundation of the learning process –the body itself. Our brain and our body develop in stages. Books Neural Therapy ™ follows those natural stages. We learn long before we start school. All the neurological processing and developmental stages must be in order for reading and other learning to develop with ease. Foundations need to be built in stages so they are strong and resilient. By addressing the various stages of neurological development and correcting any weaknesses, Books Neural Therapy ™ helps “upgrade” the entire system; thus increasing efficiency and reducing wear and tear on the whole person. Human beings are complex. Addressing a problem from only one viewpoint often corrects only part of the problem. Books Neural Therapy ™ utilizes a wide range of therapies including the latest advances in neuroscience as well as common sense and natural, non-drug methods of enhancing learning, coordination and self-esteem. Our goal is not compensation (treating learning differences as a permanent condition you must learn to live with), but rehabilitation. We work towards a permanent correction of the problem. Contrary to popular belief, learning differences can be temporary conditions that are treatable.



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  1. First, a thorough examination and testing is performed. No two people are exactly alike, and the severity and range of issues require a tailor-made program for each person.
  2. Second, as actual treatment begins, the body is gently repositioned and light acupressure is applied to key points so the nervous system can perform one of its basic functions –holding the head and body upright. Walking becomes more coordinated and posture improves; right and left hemispheres of the brain begin to communicate with each other as intended.
  3. Third, the cranial bones are realigned since malposition of these bones in the head can cause disorganization in the central nervous system. This is especially important after head trauma, whiplash or accidents to the head or tailbone.
  4. Fourth, the jaw joint (TMJ) is addressed. An imbalance in jaw muscles can pull the skull bones out of their normal position and cause abnormal pressure on the central nervous system. This causes perceptual problems associated with learning differences.
  5. Fifth, eye tracking, which refers to the coordination of the eye muscles when reading and writing as well as for balance and orientation, is evaluated and corrected. Reading, speech, comprehension and overall academic performance often improve dramatically after this section.
  6. Sixth, individualized corrections and strategies are implemented for reading, writing, math, spelling, memory and auditory processing. Emotional clearing, developing new habits, learning strategies and exercises to do at home are implemented.


Typically, Dr. Books and her team see clients for about 18-20 sessions (two 30-minute sessions per week) over two to three months during THE INTENSIVE PHASE. The INTEGRATION PHASE follows with once a month or quarterly sessions for the remainder of the year. Because many people fly in from long distances, we also offer a fast track, Freedom Fast Track five-day Intensive version of Books Neural Therapy™, better known as NEURO BOOTCAMP with multiple sessions per day followed by quarterly re-evaluations. Once the initial phase (The Intensive Phase) is complete, the corrections hold. That is one of the most exciting things about this process. The initial treatment takes approximately three months, and the effects last forever. Follow up care integrates growth spurts, hormone changes in children and offers “tunes ups” and tweaking to the adults.LOGO-PHOTO-16-9.Dr_.-Books-with-Child-ToyTherapy-P laytime, Dyslexia Treatments, ADHD Treatments, Dyslexia Symptoms, Chiropractor, AustinBooks Neural Therapy™ (BNT) is a comprehensive therapeutic combination of treatments to address various emotional, behavioral and cognitive issues that have neurological roots. It is well-known for helping dyslexia, ADHD, various learning and behavior challenges, peak cognitive performance, peak athletic performance issues in all ages, and chronic health issues, such as migraines, jaw joint issues, head injuries and accidents.

We have four programs available :

BNT STANDARD: Our twice a week for ten weeks program includes pre and post testing, consultation and examination, plus 20 sessions; and home exercises to be done for 28 days.

BNT PLUS: Our twice a week for ten weeks plus biofeedback program (for ADHD and many other issues determined by Dr. Books) This includes pre and post testing, consultation and examination, plus 20 sessions; and home exercises to be done for 28 days. PLUS includes Biofeedback.

FREEDOM FAST TRACK: Our five day BNT intensive includes pre and post testing, consultation and examination, plus 20 sessions; biofeedback, and home exercises to be done for 28 days. Learn more Click Here.

BNT PLUS 10 Day Program: Our ten day BNT intensive includes pre and post testing, consultation and examination, plus 20 sessions over 10 days; and home exercises to be done for 28 days. PLUS includes Biofeedback. Learn more Click Here.


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After completing the entire series of sessions:  In order to ensure the reversal treatments “hold” and you or your child continue to reverse the challenges completely, it’s important that he or she execute the year long follow up exercise program.  Quarterly tune-up appointments are helpful. The parent will be responsible for completing very simple but important reports that help us determine where we can best support your child’s continued success. The parent will also be responsible for delivering and collecting a very simple but important report from the child’s teachers on a semester basis. Again, this is crucial feedback that will allow us to best support you and your child. All of this will be explained in detail and all questions answered during our intensive work.


1. Scroll below see three perspectives: One from our educational consultant, one from a parent, and one from office staff.

2. Learn about “Brainercises” — the daily exercises to be used regularly during BNT and after the process.   Click HERE to learn how to do the Brainercises

From an Educational Consultant

Kathy headshot, Dyslexia Treatments, ADHD Treatments, Dyslexia Symptoms, Chiropractor, AustinThe Transformers!

By Kathy Balcer, MEd

No, not robots; the kids that transform in a good way from participating in the Books Neural Therapy!

If your child is starting Books Neural Therapy (BNT), I wrote this article to help you know what to expect.

Research shows that most people that want a personality change or want to be more successful think they need to consider what aspects of their “old self” they want to change, distinguish what it is they want to emulate and then try to change their attitude to be more positive, confident, and decisive.  In other words, take action and effort the change!  How does that work with our kids?

Some parents that are worried or unsatisfied about their child’s academic, social or emotional behavior are unsure what to do to change that behavior so they cajole, bribe, or set negative consequences to try to make their child change; some just worry and fret, and love, love, love.  Others have been to treatment after treatment with their child with little improvement.  Effort?  Lots!

Often parents come to Books Neural Therapy (BNT) hoping for a change in their child because one of their friends or acquaintances has seen their own child emerge with better strategies for academics; less ‘efforting’, more confidence, more relaxed social skills, being in better touch with their feelings with an ability to express them.

When I first begin the evaluation session for a student starting BNT, some are not sure why they are at our office and some say they are there to improve their reading. It is often said in a tone of shame or remorse for not being better; they are already measuring themselves and making sure I know they may not do well.  Sometimes skin color is poor and energy levels are low.  Once I begin testing, I hear, “I can’t do that”, “I don’t know how to do that”, “I’m not good at…..….”, lots of sighing, or tense effort to write and come up with answers on the academic and motor pre-evaluations.  I don’t ‘fall’ for it because I know there are some blocks in the way that will get dissolved during BNT that cause a child to bloom ‘into their own’.  It’s exciting!

By allowing the student to talk about themselves during the testing, (“What’s the subject you like/dislike in school the most, which one is the hardest/easiest for you, what’s PE/athletics/recess like, what do you love doing, what do you wish was different at school”) the relationship with our office begins its journey.

There are some stages during that journey with BNT that may come up for your child as they come each week. This is just what I’ve noticed; you may see some other characteristics, which I would love to hear about!

1) Reticence – “Why are we doing this?”, “This is stupid!”, “I don’t want to go!”, “I’m not stupid!”, “Here’s one more thing that proves I’m dumb”.

2) Resigned – Here we go again – Brainercises, homework?!!  WHAT! No sugar!  Ahrg………………

3) Semi-enjoyment – Students begin to know what to expect; they feel Dr. Books’ unconditional love/acceptance of them as she makes coming to treatment fun (during treatment she sings rhymes, makes noises, sometimes her adjustment tickles). Trust is blooming!

4) Reluctance – This starts about treatment 10-15. “Do I have to go?”  “I’m too tired, can we go tomorrow?”, “Why are you making me go?” This is good news!  The body and neurology are starting to shift into the right place and it can be a little uncomfortable emotionally or physically.  Hang in there parents!

5) Laughter – Somewhere between the 14th and 17th treatment, the joy of who the child is begins to burble over – some students crack jokes, most students smile and laugh at almost everything, they enjoy a hug before they leave, their eyes are clear and shining, they make statements like, “I can’t wait to see you Thursday!” .  Most students are more willing and enjoy doing their Brainercises and feel better off of sugar (they brazenly start to tell their friends about the down side of sugar and how to balance that or get the sweet tooth onto something healthier)

6) Mild “uh-oh” – I know that is not a term, but during weeks 17-20 the student is more relaxed, confident and realizes treatment is about over.  The student makes it clear on the last few visits that they are coming back and love coming to BNT!

 7) Confidence – A post academic and motor evaluation happens the last week of treatment and students are not daunted by it.  No sighing, no “I can’t do this”, more focus and less ‘efforting’ seems to be the norm as they complete the academic and motor post evaluation.

A lot happens by treatment 20!

Please ask questions anytime about your child’s journey toward health.  This journey is a very exciting one that we love watching students take!  Many emotional and physical blocks to your child’s health and success dissolve and you see YOUR child in his or her magnificence; a journey worth taking!

Kathy Balcer, MA

From a Parent

Seeing with New Eyes: Parental Transformation

By Rosita Alvarez

As a parent seeking to improve the life of my son, I journeyed through many stages of healing along his side.  I passed through an entire spectrum from denial all the way to liberation thanks to Books Neural Therapy.

Yes, Denial was first. By six, I knew he was smart as he could memorize oral lessons effortlessly and repeat long poetry outloud. He could draw superbly and tell creative stories with funny imagination– better than most his age, yet he could not understand his letters phonetically at all or in writing. Two years later not much progress as I hoped he would be like the other “Waldorf method” kids who learned to read at age eight. I saw he couldn’t read a number any easier than a letter of the alphabet.

Unceasing worry was next. I finally went for help as he also was getting migraines now, even with new glasses.  With much worry, my hope dissolved when he was diagnosed at the age of eight with multiple learning, sequencing, and processing “disabilities,” including auditory processing issues and sensory integration to name just a few. To see the flame of the love of learning start to be crushed in him was like swallowing a bowling ball. The weight was unbelievable as my love could not change this situation.

A strange pseudo-relief came with labels I never wanted applied to him. It was a bit of a relief to have an explanation for his struggles and to understand that his problems were not the result of his personality or lack of effort. Nevertheless, the labels did not offer any hope to replace the dread of a life-long battle with learning disabilities.

The Battlefield: Warriors for and against each other.  Over the next three years we fought together to do his homework, and we fought each other many times about how to get it done–to use homeschooling, to attend the Waldorf school, to attend public school, and to pay tutors.  Finally, with the help of an incredible special education teacher whose methods required tremendous repetition, my son went from doing first grade level work in third grade to correctly processing English sounds in fifth grade and graduating from special education. In the following summer, he became an avid reader at a twelfth-grade reading level. In middle school, he qualified for the Gifted and Talented Program.

Then came the college-prep high school. My son is an emotional 14-year old, and learning a new language and higher math sequencing at a challenging school brought all the original learning issues to the forefront again. He picked Chinese instead of Spanish even though he couldn’t hear and distinguish the different tones of Chinese. I begged him to drop the class, but he was determined saying, “China is connected to everyone’s future, and I want to be prepared.” Near failing and stressed out, he met with teachers and took private math tutoring, barely passing his classes in ninth grade.

The Tentative Leap of Faith: Risking believing there is a way to turn this around when I heard about Dr. Books’ method of Books Neural Therapy™ (BNT). If so many people could be helped, why couldn’t my son be one of the 4 out of 5 who benefited from BNT?  When we had our BNT screening in the summer and he put his fingers in his ears for the auditory test, I saw his legs go weak. He reported this caused the familiar pre-migraine feeling, so I could see the BNT process was pinpointing his root issues. Hope stirred in me again as this approach actually offered a solution.

Baby optimism stage. Not getting ahead of myself–One day at a time. He described how it felt to start the treatment saying , “She is like a Star Wars master and uses ‘The Force’.  I can feel changes happen when she barely touches me.”  I harnessed my excitement to not be disappointed, but I was optimistic.

Stillness for him.  Wonder for me.
  After his first few treatments, he was very sleepy right away. He was even more sleepy the next day.  I knew deep healing could take place in this “deep sleep”, trance-like state that I tried to protect by driving him home and waiting in car with A/C going until he wakes naturally.  He was like pudding, thick and slow, unfocused and transforming. It was going by so fast, can it really work and hold? Dr. Books explained to help my understanding of the biofeedback wonders of putting wavelengths into him through a machine.  By sending signals to his brain as his nervous system is getting physically stimulated, she could remind his brain of the frequency of different positive emotional states and reset his “vibe”.  This got my eyes looking at perceiving him as changing.  My attitude now is look for evidence of positive change instead of evidence of this not working.

Seeing with New Eyes: Noticing “whole being “changes unrelated to learning. Can his emotional body grow through this, too?  Yes, The chip on his shoulder (from his dad suddenly dying when he was eight) seemed to fall off in one week of the Intensive treatment.  His need to be bullying his sister and the neighbor boy ceased.  Others told me they noticed the change in him.

Celebration of a new normal. He can hear Chinese better now and passed all three years of it. He holds his own at a competitive college in New England. He learns with more ease and less stress. He accepts himself more. I wonder if the transformation will last, but I see him continuing to mature and let go of his anger. He doesn’t adopt diet or lifestyle changes, so his ADHD tendencies still come and go. Now it is time to go in for tune-ups with Dr. Books, because he is back to sugar and soccer headers and therefore some sequencing errors. He can barely remember how much BNT helped three years ago because he is fundamentally better.  I remember the old struggling boy and smile that he can barely remember how he needed so much help. That is a good thing to forget!

Rosita Alvarez

View From the Office


Observations on the Stages Of Healing

What I’ve seen in the office:

Labeled and Frustrated: Most kids come to BFHC as another effort by parents to help their children.  The kids have been labeled as “special” “dys this or that” or have a new set of letters to describe their behaviors, they have been tested and failed (or passed depending on how you look at it) .  The level of frustration of the kids coming into the office is often quite high.

New Sensations and Input: They sometimes resist and are reluctant to “believe” change can happen.  Some kids notice changes the first day.  Parents and kids both question if “it can be happening already”.

A perceived  hurdle is the diet.  We are asking kids to be “different” in yet another way.  Often dropping sugar from the diet seems daunting to both the kids and the parents. When we put a time limit on the sugar elimination, as well as saying “do the best you can” this seems to give permission to not be “perfect”, which in turn seems to give the kids strength to commit.   Quite frankly, getting kids to be aware of the “sugar” in their diet is major step.


Stages of healing take place on many levels.  Most of us think of healing in the physical.  The neurological system, while invisible to the eye, is a physical system of energy.  The “kinks” or “shorts” in the electrical system of the body have both physical reasons as well as emotional and mental.  BNT is working on all 3 levels without having a “story”.  This usually happens about midway through the program.  Sometimes there is resistance, rebellion, and defiance.  Sometimes there is more laughter, ease of movements, and calmness.  Some kids, sleep more, feel lazy, don’t want to talk, other are energetic, full of new ideas, and playful.

Resistance and Rebellion: If resistance and rebellion show up, we think it’s good news.  We have talked to some kids on the phone, helping to get them in the car to come to the session.   Dr Books is very respectful of boundaries.  We have sessions on the table, under the table, on the bears, in the toy room, with the bear, dog, or favorite toy. There is so much laughter and giggling, singing and drumming during sessions that kids often forget why they are here.

New Sense of Freedom: By the end of the sessions, kids have a new sense of freedom.  They have proof in the sessions they can read and often they are noticing a difference in their own behaviors.  The older kids are finding they  have options for higher education, the younger kids find hope for good grades and less frustration.  My 15 year old son pointed out to me, that my belief in his brain injury was holding him back. With this belief, I altered my expectations, what I presented to him, what the expected results would be.

Many symptoms see their root causes transformed with BNT: There is also a dark side …  bi-polar, depression, anger issues, sadness.  It’s basically the same process with BNT.  We have young adults changing addictions and behaviors.  How beautiful it is to see these young people leaving the clinic with a fresh start on life, whether it’s faith in themselves to read or complete tasks in school, or it’s the strength to see a light in the tunnel.  Hope for a future is a blessing!

My personal experience with my son:

Think things through instead of reacting:

The first thing I noticed about my son (15) was his ability to think things through instead of reacting.  This critical thinking was a major improvement.  A logical thinking process instead of his usual reactions. Brain scans show he has a brain injury in his frontal lobe.  This also gave me some insight as to why he was so “lazy” when he was reading.  He wouldn’t even try!  It also explained why his first reaction to pain was anger.

18 months down the road, after BNT, he is reading  and comprehending what he is reading.  It’s been gradual over the last 2 years.  This semester, his first in a formal school situation, he has a 100 in LA (language arts).  The confidence in himself has shifted to a  positive view. Part of this journey with our children is to believe in change, not to expect certain behaviors from the past to continue.  My mother used to tell me “don’t believe everything you read”.  When did this sage advice get dropped.  I’ve read dyslexia is permanent and when we can drop this belief, we will serve our children better. When we see the ADD in our kids, let’s explore the amount of exercise they get, the foods they eat, the subjects they desire to study.  My observation of my older son when he couldn’t sit still for math, was go outside and play for a while and then come back.  One client with a 5 year old who had some anger and behavior problems, noticed when they walked to school in the morning (verses drive), the 5 year old didn’t get in trouble that day.

I would love to tell people step one, two….however none of us have the same experiences in life, so how can I tell you “this is what is going to happen”, because even then… the future is like a rose bud unfolding.  My son is finding a new belief in himself, new opportunities he may not have explored, and a realization of his own participation in life.

Observing My Own Progress: In addition to transforming how I perceive and believe as a parent, I want to share my personal ponderings after observing my own body’s responses to BNT. There is really no way, at the moment, to prove this next report.  I observe when  C1 (top vertebra of the spine) goes out, my hips shift forward, which puts pressure on my knees.  I know I need work on C1 when my knee hurts.  My pondering is around how many knee and hip replacements could be avoided by the BNT work.   I think Reversing Dyslexia is only the tip of a very large iceberg (so to speak)   BNT is helping anger issues, bipolar symptoms, dyslexia, ADHD …. the electrical system controls the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of the body.  I do not want my children, or myself, living in a house full of electrical shorts and loose wires.  If we think of our body as this house, it certainly makes sense to have the electrical system working correctly!  Ahh… if we could start with a clean slate. BNT is offering a clean slate.

Elaine McDaniel


Books Neural Therapy™ is the House – Brainercises are the Beams Brainercises with Dr Phyllis Books, Dyslexia Treatments, ADHD Treatments, Dyslexia Symptoms, Chiropractor, Austin

Books Neural Therapy™, the gentle, hands-on, non-invasive, no drug therapy that “re-wires” the nervous system and repairs communication breakdowns between the brain and body, creates the foundation of the house. For a house to weather storms and growing pains, it needs a strong and resilient structure, which is exactly what BNT provides. The nervous system is a bit like the electrical system. Actually, there are many systems in your house that need to be included in a certain order to avoid long term pitfalls. BNT helps build a strong, secure and resilient structure and a sound mind, hence out motto: “a sound mind in a sound body”

Brainercises are a series of fun, simple body coordination movements and are used to support the work of BNT.

Books Neural Therapy™ is performed in a three level, sequence somewhat like the construction of a house. Level One is the foundation of the house, Level 2 deals with the upper floors and Level 3 is the roof that seals it all in. The Brainercises are like the floor beams and cross beams keeping the structure strong – supported by the foundation and re-enforcing the strength of the walls and roof. In neuroscience terms, they fill in the vacancies and support the new neural pathways. With repetition, the new pathways allow information to flow faster and faster through the brain and body.

We can also liken the role of Brainercises with BNT to learning a new dance. BNT is the teaching of the new basic steps and Brainercises are the dimensional challenges that can be applied to those steps: Can you dance with your eyes closed, or can you dance without looking at your partner, or can you dance faster or slower? The Brainercises variations support and challenge the new pathways that are being created and encourage them to hold these new patterns while assimilating new stimuli specific to brain balancing.

The Crosscrawl, Dyslexia Treatments, ADHD Treatments, Dyslexia Symptoms, Chiropractor, AustinKathy Balcer, the Educational Consultant at Books Family Health Center says, “The parents and I have noticed that when the children practice the Brainercises, their results show up more quickly. When parents do the Brainercises with their kids, the parents come back smiling saying that they themselves notice more balance and a sense of calm energy.”

The Brainercises are demonstrated first with the client at the Center, and then the clients are given a DVD of the Brainercises so they can be easily guided through the sequence at home.
“Two students (clients) were reticent at first about doing the exercises, but then saw after two 15 minute sessions at the office, they were more balanced and found the exercises more fun and so began doing them at home on their own. Their consistent practice at Brainercises gave them a greater feeling of happiness that even their parents noticed the change!” says Kathy.

The Center’s office manager reported after doing them, “After only one and a half weeks, I have noticed that my balance has improved and my concentration is better.”

Along with the 6 brain enhancing exercises which include The Cross Crawl, Up and Visual-Field, Dyslexia Treatments, ADHD Treatments, Dyslexia Symptoms, Chiropractor, AustinOver, The Balance Beam, The Infinity, Hopping and The Clock, patients of BNT also keep a journal – writing every day to monitor improved penmanship and thought structure; they follow a sugar free diet – sugar prevents the sphenoid bone realignments from holding; and they drink lots of water – dehydration prevents realignments from holding, and it causes unreliable results in muscle testing.

So, do your Brainercises for a more balanced brain-body! Click HERE to learn how to do the Brainercises

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