Bal-A-Vis-X Workshop


Target Audience:

  • PT's
  • PTS's
  • OT's
  • COTA's
  • BrainGym Instructors
  • Teachers
  • Recreational/Speech/Vision Therapists
  • Parents

Benefiting persons with behavior, social, learning disabilities, neurological, orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric challenges, Type A personality learns to 'settle.'

What is BAL-A-VIS-X?

Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of Balance/Auditory/Vision/eXercises of varied complexity all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Exercises are done with sand-filled bags and racquetballs.

In distilled essence, Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) enables the whole mind-body system to experience the symmetrical flow of a pendulum. BAVX requires focused attention, demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching. It is school friendly and just plain fun!

The movements can be done by athletes, non-athletes, physically challenged children, and seniors. Anyone can perform these fun moves. Visually and auditory challenged individuals can perform these movements. Improvement is noted in nuances of sound, academic success, visual form perception, and ocular tracking. Behaviorally disordered, attention deficit, learning challenged individuals note that cognitive integration and attention span increase and impulsivity decreases.

Gifted and typical students note increased academic improvement with decreases in stress headaches. Orthopedic patients improve posture, strength, and coordination. Athletes report higher batting averages and better ball handling skills. Challenged students are noted to have improved balance, coordination, and speech. For all - confidence, self-esteem, and learning retention are enhanced.

Series Overview & Essential Information

COVID-19 Guidelines for all face-to-face professional learning opportunities at the MCCESC

While everyone is welcome to have their own opinions of mask mandates, the ESC is following recommendations and guidelines published by the CDC and local health officials. As these recommended guidelines change, so too will our policies and procedures for providing Professional Learning Opportunities. If there is a change in a PLO, and you're registered for it, you will be notified of that change ASAP.

Below, we have included a handout of helpful precautions as well as some of the new protocols for attending PLO events at the ESC. If you have any questions, please contact James Cutlip, or 937-484-1557, ext 102.

Workshop Overview

Session A (17 hour training - 3 days)

Active participation learning fundamental Bal-A-Vis-X principles, rhythms, patterns, procedures, and the first 135 exercises. Includes basic modifications for very young, seniors, and those with severe special needs.

The Instructor -- MaryAnn is a retired (30 years) Physical Education, Health, and Classroom teacher, as well as College Professor at GVSU, and 10 year licensed BrainGym Consultant including Educational Kinesiology. MaryAnn uses Bal-A-Vis-X daily with clients ranging in age from 7 years to 90 years. She has attended and/or hosted all levels of Bal-A-Vis-X trainings multiple times. MaryAnn was sanctioned by Program founder Bill Hubert as a Trainer & Practitioner in 2008 and has lead trainings in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Arizona (Arizona Occupational Therapy State Convention).


This workshop is for persons 18 years and older. Consideration will be made for students 12 & above on an individual basis.

Space is limited -- Pre-Registration is required.

Essential Details


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm* (Friday, October 30, ends @ 2:30 pm)

begins at 8:00 am

Location: Madison-Champaign ESC

2200 S US Highway 68

Urbana, Ohio, 43078


Contact Hours: 17 hours provided by the Madison-Champaign ESC

Graduate Credit: Will be available if there is interest at an additional cost of $180.00

CEU's ---PT & OT: This course has not been approved by either Board, but application is currently pending. You will be notified as soon as information is updated OR prior to October 6, 2020, whichever is sooner.

Costs/Registration Fees

Bal-A-Vis-X (3 days):

Early Registration received by September 18, 2020 is $185.00

Registration received on or after September 18, 2020 is $215.00

Bal-A-Vis-X materials will be available for purchase on site:

Books, (1 set 6 balls & 2 sandbags), & Rocker-board, VisTAR Balls, DVDs

**Registration fees should be paid to the Madison-Champaign ESC

Registration Deadlines

Early Registration Deadline: 9/18/2020 @ 4:00 pm

Initial Registration Deadline: September 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm (if not enough have registered, the workshop will be canceled)

BAVX (day 1)

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 8:30am-3:30pm

2200 U.S. 68

Urbana, OH

BAVX (day 2)

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 8:30am-3:30pm

2200 U.S. 68

Urbana, OH

BAVX (day 3)

Friday, Oct. 30th, 8:30am-2:30pm

2200 U.S. 68

Urbana, OH

What time should I arrive at the training site? Please arrive 15 minutes early to each session to complete the check-in process. Please enter through entrance #3 around the back side of the building and check in with the front desk before proceeding to the assigned training area.

Food & Beverage: Coffee, bottled water, and assorted snacks will be available throughout the workshops. Soda will be available to purchase for an additional $0.50 from the front desk.

Our Cancellation Policy:

Due to the cost and deadlines associated with this specific event:

  • ONLY cancellations received prior to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm, will receive a full refund.
  • Any registrations received after 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, or is "NO SHOW" for the event will be responsible for the entire amount of registration. Participant and/or Employing District shall be billed accordingly.
  • The Madison-Champaign ESC does not cancel or delay workshops for inclement weather unless the ESC itself is closed. The ESC will only close if Champaign County is under a Level 2 or 3 "Snow Emergency." While we understand that emergencies arise, the cancellation policy is still in effect for inclement weather cancellations, so please plan accordingly.

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