Little Giant Steps encourages you to understand what we do from a very different perspective. Life can change dramatically, when connections in the brain that were never developed can be created, developed or repaired. Whether a child or a grown man, as Izidor is now, The Neurodevelopmental Approach, can and does work. If you have friends who have adopted children with issues of attachment, bonding, etc. Please pass this very important article coming from NPR and from the young man who has lived this dramatic life from which we all can learn.
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Please know Little Giant Steps works with learning issues of all kinds. We have experience with adoptive families, fetal alcohol syndrome, brain trauma, cerebral palsy, as well as learning disabilities. We would encourage you to learn more by going to our website and investigate. Please feel free to take advantage of all the many free services and educational information (articles) we offer. God bless.
Little Giant Steps has worked with so many children who were struggling, unhappy, and experiencing defeat at every turn. It’s been amazing to see how they can and will adapt to more positive perspectives when their processing abilities are improved, and they are exposed to positive “spiritual” reinforcement.
“Be Positive” has turned things around for many. One mother stated, “My son LIKES the Be Positive CD; as a matter of fact, he now seems to readily apologize for mistakes/misconduct–something he has NEVER been known to do. While we were talking a couple of weeks ago, he told me that something was “delightful”. (!!!) That sure brightened my day! (Need I point out that he never, ever has been known to say positive things–much less pleasant?!) I have also noted an improvement with willingness to cooperate and in a general sense, there is a slightly noticeable improvement in relationships with people… (Not constant, and not huge–but YAHOO!!) I hesitated to buy this CD because I didn’t want to waste my money, knowing how much my very-negative child would hate listening to it. I’m so glad I was wrong about this one!!! – E. W., Kerrville, TX
All children need to know how very special they are in the eyes of their parents, but also in the eyes of God. This audio CD will positively impact your child’s self-esteem and reaffirm what a wonderful miracle of God they truly are. This CD helps improve self-esteem, self-control, and helps to establish your child’s identity in Christ. Included on this CD are the following: Positive Affirmations, Phone Etiquette, Positive Responses to Situations, Manners, Greetings, Blessings, Self Discipline, and Love Letters from God.
Let your child listen to these tracks over and over again to increase their auditory processing ability and to cement into their heart, mind and soul what a special and unique person God has created. Be sure and stop by The Little Giant Steps booth at the Teach Them Diligently in Nashville (March 20-22), and Dallas (June 26-28).
Jan Bedell,M.Ed., M.ND, founder of Little Giant Steps, will provide knowledge and tools that can assure each parent they can leave her speaking presentations with the ability to improve their child’s learning and academic abilities!
Jan will be speaking at:
Teach Them Diligently Nashville Convention March 20th – 23rd
Teach Them Diligently Dallas Convention June 26th – 28th
For over twenty years the “Brain Coach™” ” has served the home school community, public and private schools by teaching parents and teachers the value of working with the best learning tool we have – the Brain! She’s written curriculum (Rapid Recall System)&(Detailed Reading Comprehension), at-home-programs (Developmental Foundations), and fun neuro-developmental programs (Early Learning Foundations)&(Early Learning Foundations Teacher Manual)-levels 1,2,3. Please visit our store catalog for many more useful tools, aides, and programs.
Be sure and check the schedule of speakers for the conventions in Nashville and Dallas at this website (Teach Them Diligently) and mark her down as someone you won’t want to miss. Oh! Bring a pencil and paper, because you will leave with many tips and ideas to have fun, creative ways to increase processing, memory (short & long-term), and even help them to follow directions, stay on task, be happier and more confident students in their academic abilities! See you at the Teach Them Diligently Conventions in Nashville and Dallas!
Every day the Neuro-Educational Specialists see children, teens, and even adults move from being people who struggle with learning, to folks with confidence, increased comprehension/memory, and faster processing of the information they encounter. It is possible to discover a new ease of learning never dreamed possible. There is no magic. It’s all done by addressing functional issues in the brain. Mostly those developmental steps or stages that may have been missed for a variety of reasons. In the next paragraph I’ll share what a reader expressed about the information we have on our blog. I hope you, too, will join the growing number of people who now know that having learning issues is not a life sentence! It doesn’t matter whether an individual is gifted, typical, or has special needs. Ones potential can be realized with the right application of a Neuro-Developmental/Educational Program. That is Little Giant Step’s specialty! We’ve even created an at-home program for those who desire to make a difference in their children’s lives and it can all be done effectively at home! It’s called: Developmental Foundations. Please investigate, gain knowledge, then commit to making a difference in someone’s life of learning.
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Little Giant Steps (LGS) is here to make a positive difference in peoples lives! Come by and read our helpful articles! They’re FREE! Learn about the ND Approach. We have a full length seminar available on our store! If Dyslexia is a problem, see the training sessions we’ve made for you. If you wish to discover whether your child is processing information at his/her grade level, then order our Free Auditory Test Kit! Or, if you have many questions and would like some answers, then please avail yourself of the Free Survey. Your information will be held in confidence, and reviewed by a Neuro-Educational Specialist and recommendations are emailed back to you for your consideration. Lastly, we offer an opportunity for you to get some questions answered in a live telephone conference call with Jan Bedell, The Brain Coach™. She offers these special times to talk with her every Monday evening between 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. See this link for all the details. I know a FREE LIVE CONSULTATION with Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND, founder of LGS can be of immense help to your child and family! Just get going! Have a blessed day and come back soon!
Cold VS Technology
Little Giant Steps serves and does training for our clients online. That way parents can adjust their child’s Neurodevelopmental Program at convenient times.
With all the cold weather, laptops and our tablets are being transported to and from places. We thought this post might be of help. My friends from Great Plains Communications sent this out, and it’s worth taking heed.
Question: I sometimes want to leave my laptop or tablet in the car. Is it safe to do that when it’s very cold outside?
Answer: No, it isn’t safe to leave devices outside in very cold weather. That’s because when a device is exposed to cold temperatures for too long, its battery will die and its LCD screen will likely start having issues. What’s more, if you leave it in the cold and then bring it into a warm room quickly, you can cause condensation to build up inside the device, which has the potential for more long-term damage.
Generally speaking, bring your device inside when temperatures are below freezing. For more detailed recommendations, check your device’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended temperature ranges for both operating situations (when it’s turned on) and non-operating situations (when it’s turned off). If you can’t find the manual, look for it at manualsonline.com.
Little Giant Step’s (LGS) Neurodevelopmental Approach is far superior to other modality of brain training, because it is a holistic approach. We look at all facets of a person in order to improve function. It is said we are “eclectic” in our approach, which means we evaluate many layers of function, development both neuro-developmental and educational or academic status. If an individual has learning issues, typically we’ll see inappropriate age-behavior, as well. We even look at the nutritional, and medical history aspects as a way of understanding the whole person and their functional abilities.
One important area we’ll look at today is addressing sensory input. In the area of sensory input, auditory, visual, and tactile function is identified. The second primary area addresses motor output. In the area of motor output, gross-motor, fine motor, and language function is identified. You can not have good output without good,clean input. It is always important to look at the whole individual. If the tactility is not developed, you can have problems in all the other areas. If an individual can not feel their feet, they will not stand unaided, no matter how many hours are spent in a walker or standing devise. If an individual can not feel their hands, it is hard for them to write.
Our ND Tip is to utilize what we call deep pressure. It’s a simple matter of squeezing then releasing. Start by working your way up the child’s limbs. First squeeze the fingers (each one), hands, wrists, arms up to the shoulders. After finishing the arms, then repeat the activity from the toes, feet, up the legs just past the knees. I used to do this activity to my son when I put him to bed at night, and when I woke him up in the morning. Each deep pressure session takes about 4-5 minutes. The results are awesome! I began to see his writing improve! He could execute tasks that required his brain and body to work together increase in speed and accuracy!
We all need touch. There is never a time, regardless of age, when touch (which is natures way of ministering to our hearts, mind (teaching the brain), and soul) is not a good idea! Not to mention it’s a part of the mind-body connections that must be built or developed that literally maps the brain and solidifies the neuro-connections between the brain and body! Touch is life-giving to all the skills we learn.
1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1: 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.
Be blessed and make this new year one of giving and receiving many hugs!
Little Giant Steps has over twenty years experience in addressing learning issues, especially in math. Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND., has created a program (Rapid Recall System) that has over ten years of successful experience of turning tears over math struggles into smiles, and most importantly, the child’s confidence soars as they discover they are capable of doing math fast, efficient, and with correct answers! The program is not magic, even though most families think so after seeing the vast changes in their child’s potential develop into academic success. The secret is in the specific Neuro-Educational/Developmental techniques utilized and the key to all Neurodevelopmental Approach Programs is in the frequency, intensity, and short duration!
Suggestion: The Neurodevelopmental Approach to academics takes the stress out of academic performance (output) by providing lots of information (input). Have you ever noticed that when you go to check on a child 10-15 minutes after sending them off to do their math, that they are staring off into space or doodling on their paper? The intensity is GONE! It takes intensity to get the brain to recognize the importance of information and store it permanently
Tip #1: Do not send your child into another room to do an entire page of math operations! Those pages may involve new concepts that may not be permanently stored. The struggle kills the motivation to learn and any enjoyment of learning! Take the stress, frustration (your and his or hers) and tears out of your child’s math sessions by spending just 10 to 15 minutes on math, twice a day, for the difference is, you do it with them! Just think about it, you have spent that much time in the past just trying to get them back on track, right? Instead of coaxing them to do something they are not ready for, do every other problem for them while they watch. When there is a new concept, you will do three problems, and then the child will do one similar problem, and then repeat the process for this new concept. Once the child understands a concept, you can gradually work back to doing one problem, and then the child does one similar problem. On all previously learned problems you share them 50/50. Math gets done quickly with great input, input, input! Math struggles are then a thing of the past.
Tip# 2: There is a big difference between understanding math operations and the rote memory of math facts. Children that really know their math facts and don’t have to rely on the time consuming process of counting in the air or on their fingers, enjoy math more. These children can zip through math operations pages with ease. They experience fulfillment of correct answers instead of red circles on their page indicating wrong answers that have to be revisited. Bluh! Consider doing a Free Math Proficiency Assessment to find your child’s current math facts proficiency (email email@example.com with Assessment in the subject line). Give a one minute test as described in the instructions, submit the results and get recommendations as to what can make math easier for your child.
“After 10 months on the Little Giant Steps program, this week all the letters my 10 year-old daughter had continually and consistently written REVERSED since kindergarten have flipped and now fluently come out on paper facing the right way. She doesn’t even pause to ponder which way the letter “p” faces.
I thank God and rejoice that her learning problems are falling by the way side as her brain changes and new neural pathways are built. This learning challenge seems to have vanished! I thought it would remain a challenge and she would always pause to ponder which way her letters and numbers go. Is this truly the difference in The ND Approach and learning to compensate? Our diligence and hard work on program is paying off. I am celebrating and wanted to share. We had a Little Giant Step today!” C. K. in Perry, Georgia
Little Giant Steps, is always so delighted to hear from our clients. After twenty years of working to free individuals from learning struggles, we simply give thanks to God when we hear about a life-long change that has occurred due to the intervention we provide. We never tire of hearing from parents who have made a financial and time investment that yields long-term results and literally unlocks the key to a person’s learning potential. Yes, the ND Approach fixes the problem, where coping and compensating programs tries to build around an unsound developmental foundation. If you wish to know more about Dyslexia and how to help your child, then see the Dyslexia Workshop.
You know that exciting experience where you were sure your child understood a new concept, when the “light bulb” came on? It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? But what happens the next day when he looks at the same concept and says that he’s never seen it before, that you’ve never taught him about that particular thing? Those great feelings sometimes turn to discouragement, especially if it happens repeatedly. You may ask, “Where is all that information going?” You’ll be glad to learn that the problem does not lie with your teaching techniques, nor is it a problem with the curriculum that you have purchased. It is most likely an issue with dominance. Little Giant Steps has been fixing these problems for the last twenty year!
Dominance is a huge determining factor in the brain’s ability to efficiently store information and retrieve it without difficulty. In order for your brain to work well (organized like a well run library), it must be neurologically organized – one side of your brain must dominate and coordinate your visual, auditory and tactile “storage system”. The determination for dominance starts with the hand! Hand dominance is genetically predetermined. This means if an individual is truly left-handed, he would have other left-handed or ambidextrous blood relatives.
It is very important not to encourage a young child’s hand use for things like writing, coloring or drawing. Hand dominance should emerge naturally by the time a child is between three and eight years of age. So if the child is still switching from one hand to the other, simply put everything at the midline of his body and let him choose. Working on lower levels of brain development can also aid in the emergence of the dominant hand. If you go against the genetic grain of the individual, you could be setting them up for struggles throughout their life.
The other elements of dominance involve the eye, ear and foot. If an individual is genetically right-handed it is much more efficient for storage of information if the right ear, eye, and foot are dominant as well. If the individual is genetically left-handed it is best to be completely dominant on the left side (hand, eye, ear and foot). To be dominantly right eared or eyed does not necessarily mean that you have better hearing or vision in your right; it means that your right eye and ear directs which hemisphere of the brain information is stored.
Besides the accurate storage of information, the dominant hemisphere of the brain is responsible for reasoning, analytical thought and logic. When an individual is neurologically organized (dominant all on one side), he has much more access to these vital skills; thus, when retrieving information, it is easily accessible. If an individual is mixed dominant, the sub-dominant ear or eye will file information in the sub-dominant hemisphere. This is part of the brain where music, creativity and emotion reside. Information stored here is much more difficult to access because there’s no filing system for language.
Individuals with mixed dominance are typically more emotional, easily upset and difficult to calm. When they are under stress or pressure they often do not have access to learned information. These are the individuals that do not test well or baffle the parents because they know something perfectly one day, but the next day, they don’t recall ever being presented with the information. This situation can be extremely frustrating for teachers, parents and the child! When a child is frustrated day after day from long-term memory problems, he can develop low self-esteem as well as other emotional and behavior problems. This happens because of the primary use of the sub-dominant (emotional) hemisphere of the brain.
Mixed dominance is where the main use of the eye, ear, foot and hand are not all on the same side. One example might be, a right-handed individual that is left eyed, right eared and mixed footed (sometimes using right to kick or hop and sometimes using left). An individual with this combination of mixed dominance would have visual long-term memory problems but appear to remember things that are said to him. Some symptoms of mixed dominance include: long-term memory problems, inability to stay on task, reading difficulties, number and letter reversals (dyslexic-type symptoms), emotionality, spelling difficulties, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, poor testing ability, and inability to retain previously learned information.
So where is all the information filed when your child is taught specific information? To ensure good access to information and keep those “light bulb” moments coming, make sure you educate yourself on how dominance may be affecting you or your child.
For free information about dominance: http://www.littlegiantsteps.com/webinars/ – Learning Struggles - When the Foundation Needs Repair. The dominance discussion starts about “minute 37” in the presentation but to get the whole picture of brain organization, watch this and other free webinars at the link above.
For written information about dominance and what to do if your child is mixed dominant, read the following article: www.littlegiantsteps.com : Learning Disabilities article is under the “Information” tab. Then click on “Articles.”