#4. What About Evaluations? Costs?

Does my child need an individualized neurodevelopmental evaluation?

Every individual would benefit from a full neurodevelopmental evaluation and individualized program since most of us have inefficiencies that we compensate for on a daily basis. We know from experience that full evaluations can’t always happen, and may not be required to get certain individuals “connected” or neurologically efficient. Developmental Foundations has many of the tried and true neurodevelopmental activities that have been changing lives for decades.

How affordable is an individualized assessment?

Let’s address the affordability of a traditional neurodevelopmental program with professional evaluation, an individualized program and support. In the world of therapies, tutoring and special schools, there is nothing as affordable as a neurodevelopmental evaluation. This approach equips the parents to be the trainers so that brain stimulation can be accomplished more frequently (sometimes several times a day), with intensity and over a long enough period of time to really see lasting and significant results. In comparison to other programs and therapies, the time and expenditure for an individualized program completed at home by the family is much more cost effective.

Does my child need an individualized neurodevelopmental evaluation?

Every individual would benefit from a full neurodevelopmental evaluation and individualized program since most of us have inefficiencies that we compensate for on a daily basis. We know from experience that full evaluations can’t always happen, and may not be required to get certain individuals “connected” or neurologically efficient. Developmental Foundations has many of the tried and true neurodevelopmental activities that have been changing lives for decades.

How affordable is an individualized assessment?

Let’s address the affordability of a traditional neurodevelopmental program with professional evaluation, an individualized program and support. In the world of therapies, tutoring and special schools, there is nothing as affordable as a neurodevelopmental evaluation. This approach equips the parents to be the trainers so that brain stimulation can be accomplished more frequently (sometimes several times a day), with intensity and over a long enough period of time to really see lasting and significant results. In comparison to other programs and therapies, the time and expenditure for an individualized program completed at home by the family is much more cost effective.

#3 WHAT DOES BRAIN TRAINING DO?

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For the past 40 years, the NeuroDevelopmental Approach has been active and successful, however at the time it was discovered, the technology had no way of proving what was really happening to the brain after brain stimulating activities (cognitive, physical, and sensory) were initiated. Today that’s not the case, as scientists can use brain scanning and imaging technology and can see the changes made in the brain.

The process started with an evaluation, which included testing (academic and neuro-developmental). It was done initially so the functional baseline of the individual could be established. That would be from whence all measurement of improvement would be scored. Then the NeuroDevelopmental professional (ND) would write a program with various activities to stimulate those areas of the brain that were either not functioning at grade level, or were under-developed or missing. We call it looking at the root causes of learning issues. Today the procedure is much the same. The evaluation occurs, the ND writes an activities program to follow for a four-month period of time, then the individual is re-evaluated.

The feature in the brain (Neuro-Plasticity) is what allows the stimulating activities to change the brain by causing new neuro-pathways to be developed or connected, and even in some cases repaired!  Our bodies must have developmental steps completed in order for us to function at our fullest God-given potential.  Building neuro-connections is not much different than when a person goes to the gym and works on a body-building program.  If you follow the body-building activities over a sustained period of time; your body develops muscles where there weren’t any evident before!  The difference with the brain is that you can’t see the changes like you can the physical muscles.  The brain’s evidence is (for instance)  a dyslexic person’s ability to read develops, and their reversal of letters issues disappear. We don’t teach coping and compensating techniques, because the root functional problem is addressed and changed. All those symptoms that prevented them from being good learners no longer exist, because the brain’s connections have changed those areas not functioning before. They gain function!  For a person who can’t comprehend or remember from day to day things presented to them in school; the activities that stimulate the auditory processing areas of the brain and the lower levels of brain organization are addressed; then the student discovers they can follow directions, hold information they hear, retain it and recall it later, and best of all – utilize it in the real world of school.  Little Giant Steps screens, evaluates, writes programs, then trains the parents to become the experts to oversee the program at home, and to administer it, with the oversight of the ND and their assigned support person. The most gratifying part for the parents is that they gain insight as to how their child is improving at each re-evaluation. If the child is functioning up to appropriate age or grade level, then the child, teen, or adult graduates from the program!  They are done with Little Giant Steps’s services!  Mother nature takes over and continues growth and development as needed.  If, the re-evaluation shows that’s not the case, a new program with new activities is written, and executed from another period of four months.  Everyone is unique, therefore individualized programs are ideal. However, Little Giant Steps has created At-Home Programs such as Developmental Foundations. These programs follow a protocol that cover the majority of issues and are very affordable. Always our clients and customers have a support person who is available to answer questions, assist in administration of the programs, and encourage parents and their children as they travel this life-changing journey. The best way to express the joy following our programs is to share these messages from parents.

Are neurodevelopmental program activities a medical treatment?

Little Giant Steps is a Christian educational consulting service utilizing The Neurodevelopmental Approach which is developmentally and educationally-based. Activities recommended are not medical, therapeutic, or psychological prescriptions. Activities are offered for review, investigation and education. Application of activities from any of our brain training programs or brain training kits is at the sole discretion of the purchasing family. None of the LGS staff is licensed to practice medicine.

My child is currently undergoing therapy (Physical, Occupational, Speech or Vision) will neurodevelopmental program activities interfere with a current therapy program? 

 No. We have found that, after working with brain organization activities for at least six months, individuals realize enhanced benefits from therapy programs.  This is because when foundational brain inefficiencies are addressed and the brain becomes organized a solid basis is established within the brain for receiving the information and more efficient learning takes place.

More to come!

#2 More About the NeuroDevelopmental (ND) Approach

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What is meant by plasticity of the brain?

Neuro-plasticity is the ability of the brain to change with learning. It is possible for the brain to reorganize neuro-pathways based on new experiences. Research shows there is a natural repairing ability within the brain that continues throughout our lifetime. A good example would be to imagine taking a quarter and pushing it into a lump of clay. When you separate the quarter from the clay, you’ll see its impression. The lump of clay had to change in order to accommodate this new impression. In essence, the same is true for your brain when new “impressions” are made through learning and experiences. In the world of neurodevelopment, we work to make “impressions” through brain stimulating, educational and developmental activities with intensity, frequency and duration. We utilize “The NeuroDevelopmental Approach” which is a way for your brain to build connections (neuro-pathways) so that the learning “impressions” are efficient, and are stored in long term memory with rapid, permanent recall.

What is brain organization?

The human brain is an incredibly complex and diverse organ that controls everything that we do. When the brain is organized, information can go in, be processed and stored efficiently for easy retrieval. This brain organization starts at the sub-cortical (pre-thinking) part of the brain and everything else is built on those connections. Many current child rearing practices in our modern society are interfering with good brain organization and are in fact causing brain inefficiencies.

 

Everything You Need To Know About ND

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What is NeuroDevelopment?  

There are certain steps children grow through as they develop. If any of these steps are skipped, then the brain and pathways do not develop properly. This may cause learning inefficiencies or learning disabilities later on. The good news is that children and adults at any age can go back through the stages of neurodevelopment to improve organization, short term memory, long term memory, coordination and academic abilities.

What is The NeuroDevelopmental Approach?

The Neurodevelopmental Approach is a methodology of stimulating the brain with specific activities that will bring about an increase in neuro-pathways, resulting in better neuro-efficiency. With better neuro-efficiency one can receive, process, store and retrieve information more easily. We work with the root causes of learning difficulties as opposed to medicating and teaching coping and compensating skills.

At what age does The Neurodevelopmental Approach work? In the past 40 years, researchers have discovered the amazing plasticity of the brain, “neuro-plasticity.” When neuro-pathways are created, improved, or strengthened by specific stimulation, communication between the brain and body becomes efficient. When neuro-efficiency is established, anyone at any age will improve abilities to learn, retain and recall information.

You Deserve Some Great News!

0-hsLearnWHAT A LIFETIME DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

The best part of participating in Book Fairs, Homeschool Conferences and the like is when a parent comes to our booth to tell of the wonderful things that has happened to their child as a result of them working with their child utilizing the Neuro-Developmental Approach Programs we supply.  In some cases, they have just listened to some of Dr. Jan Bedell’s presentations she gives at these events. She teaches parents the basics of what needs to happen with Intensity, Short Duration, and Frequently over a period of time.  When Dr. Jan returned from the last convention at Woodlands, TX, she related this report from s mom who took Dr. Jan’s teachings to heart and did the work!

“Last year at the Woodlands Conference a single mom came to the booth with concerns for a child that was very low functioning.  She got The Neuro-Developmental Approach DVD and has been working on the activities described in the DVD for a year.  Her report, when she came to the booth this year, was glowing.  She mentioned the child could do things she had never been able to do in her entire life.  Thank you Lord for equipping this mom with the determination to press into the knowledge and apply the techniques to change her child’s life.”

We are so blessed to learn of cases like this one.  In fact, these results are daily occurrences at Little Giant Steps!  Brain Training takes symptoms of a problem and turns them into functional abilities! Why?  Because, humans are developing creatures, and far too often these days our infants are missing vital steps that turn their crawling / cross-patterning movements into brain and body neuro-connections. The good news in all this, is that we never loose our ability to impact the central nervous system, as the neuro-plasticity of the brain [the ability to change and create new neuro-pathways and connections between the brain and body] last our entire lifetimes!  You are never too old to improve your ability to learn , recall information, comprehend, and perform in an organized manner. It takes practice.  But, as one mother told me recently, “My son now experiences what it’s like to try and practice something and it results in success.  Prior to him doing his Neuro-Developmental Program, it didn’t matter how hard he tried, he never could make progress in his learning, sports, or thinking.  Oh, and by the way….. he’s loving his college experiences and is handling it like we never dreamed possible.”

A Parent Discovered Simple, Effective Tools

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Here’s a mom who wanted to let you know what works! Be sure and check out the side bar on the home page for many free services to help you discover how your child is functioning, and many tips – even a free review of a survey by a Neuro-educational Specialist with recommendations.

“I have a praise. My six year-old son was evaluated at the beginning of October. He was stuck at 3 auditory. [That means he could only retain 3 numbers (digits) and repeat them back to her after hearing them in a prescribed sequence. Children should be able to process the same number of digits as their age up to age 7]. My ND showed us how to bridge to 4′s. Last week Vince was consistentlyDigit Span Cards doing 4′s!!

I was originally going to make my own digit span cards, and it never got done. So, I bought some (Digit Span Cards) from Little Giant Steps. (These are cards you practice and play games for 2 minutes, twice a day.)Digit Span Cards

I bought some digit span cards. I love them. It is so much easier to get things done when everything is right there and done for you.  (Editors note:  We suggest you order a Free Test Kit to establish the current functional level of your child’s auditory and visual processing abilities. All directions are included with our products)

I bought the whisper phone- love it. My son is now saying Vincent instead of Sincent. I have also been using it with my other kids. My 8 year-old had a hard time saving virgins (a bible quiz answer). Immediately he could say it correctly. Also, my almost 3 year-old has been using it.

The service was very quick. I received my order in just a few days. (Thanks Jan) P.S. Don’t forget there are a world of free information offered on their website, too!”

www.littlegiantsteps.com ~ investigate, educate and bring your struggling child into his/her real potential!

NECHE – Iowa Homeschool Convention Next!

LGSLogo1Little Giant Steps will be bringing our ND Services, Education and Dr. Jan Bedell’s Presentations to the great State of Iowa! The conference begins this Thursday, June 9 -11th in Des Moines, IA.

Dr. Jan’s Workshops are as follows:

Thursday    3:30 – 4:30pm      101-103     Helping the Mother’s Hurting Heart

Friday – Session I
11:00-Noon             107           Just When I Thought I Had it Together as a Teacher, My Bright Child Starts Struggling

Saturday – Session VI

9:30 -10:30am        104          Strengthening the Foundation: Sesnory Issues That Affect Learning

 

Florida Parents Educational Association Winners!

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Friday – Michelle Combs
Saturday – Cyndi Smith Young

Thanks for taking part in our Gift Certificate Drawings in Orlando, FL!
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Learning Struggles Can Be A Matter of Development

1-ScreeningPixWHY HAVE A  NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING?

Neuro-Developmental Screenings are a very quick snapshot of the current functional abilities of your child.  A Neuro-Educational Specialist will observe your child doing cognitive, physical, and sensory activities (parents are welcome to sit in on a screening because they can learn , as well, a new base of knowledge and techniques that they can apply to help understand ques and clues about learning issues.

Individuals can gain an understanding of themselves or their child through a screening. We are shifting the focus from looking at the symptoms to looking at root causes and learning why those symptoms are occurring. It is in finding the cause that the remedy becomes clear. Typically it’s a simple matter of development.

Little Giant Steps has many resources on our website. You can even attend our webinars for free!  Most parents are unaware of the positive significant impact they can have on their child’s learning abilities! Also, check out the right sidebar on our home page and discover other important free services.

If you wonder why your child has difficulty: following directions, remembering what they’ve learned from one day to the next, struggles with new concepts, is disorganized in their thinking or physical maintenance; we have over twenty years experience in working with families in bringing The Neuro-Developmental Approach into your lives where you can see significant change, functional abilities develop, and a happier, more self-confident child emerge.  It is truly a life-changing program that can bring children, teens, and adults into their fullest God-given potential.

Introducing Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD, M.Ed., M.ND.

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 AN INNOVATIVE LEADER

Jan Bedell, aka Brain Coach™, has been a master neurodevelopmentalist for over two decades. Her experience as an educator in the public, private and home school realm has allowed her to bring forth her true passion–helping parents better the lives of their children by enhancing their brains.

This approach to learning was life-changing for her own daughter with special needs and has proved the same for those who have applied these brain building principals over the years.

Jan is the founder and president of Little Giant Steps a group of Christian neuro-educational specialists. Over the years Jan has developed an abundance of curriculum and training programs for parents and professionals. The constant goal of Little Giant Steps is to help make learning and life easier for millions of individuals.