Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pee Dee AHEC Hosts Innovative Training: Bal-A-Vis-X

In January, more than 40 participants from seven states attended Pee Dee AHEC’s Bal-A-Vis-X two-day training. Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of exercises that improve balance, hearing, vision, and brain/body integration. It focuses on sensory integration, balance, cross body, and mid-line movements to help improve gross and fine motor skills. It can also improve attention and focus in patients and students.  

Bill Hubert developed and founded Bal-A-Vis-X more than 20 years ago. He travels across the United States providing trainings to occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, counselors, social workers, athletic trainers, teachers, and more. Bill uses tools such as balance boards, sand-filled bags, and racquetballs in a series of over 300 exercises. These materials and exercises are used to promote and develop balance, rhythm, focus, and movement. Occupational therapist Angela Morph has attended this training multiple times and explained the difference it makes in her work, “I thoroughly enjoyed it and was able to learn more. I have already started using it with most of my patients again with some new techniques and already see a difference.”

Bal-A-Vis-X transcends individual disciplines and its techniques can be applied with a range of ages from pediatric to geriatric populations.  Michael Cillo attended the training and agrees with its wide-ranging uses, “Fantastic program! Best professional development I’ve ever attended. Practical and science proven ways to help children and adults.”  

Interested in learning more about Bal-A-Vis-X? Pee Dee AHEC will be hosting the two-day, 17-hour training October 16-17, 2020, in Hartsville. This is a great opportunity to learn new strategies that can be used across disciplines and for a variety of populations. Find out more on Pee Dee AHEC’s website.

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