Learn how to make a huge difference in the ability to follow directions and concentration. By Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND.
In Kindergarten, we learn about the five senses – touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing. As home educators, we must be keenly aware of these senses as they are the inroads to the brain. These senses build pathways in our central nervous system, which keep many of our intricate systems running.
The largest and possibly the most influential sense organ is the skin. The skin has tactile receptors for both light touch and deep touch. The brain’s organization at this critical level affects many abilities in life including: pattern of movement, coordination, special awareness, pencil grasp and much, much more.
Why do you think summer babies develop more quickly than winter babies? Summer babies have more skin exposed! Since an infant’s central nervous system is just a step above a comma at birth, they need intense stimulation of their sensory system. For example, when a babies lies down on carpet, the brain receives information about soft and warm; while lying on tile, the brain receives information about cold and hard and surface irregularities; lying on linoleum or laminate provides cool and smooth sensations; and lying skin to skin provides warmth and comforting touch sensations.
“What?” you may be saying “Put my little bundle on the floor?!” Yes, this is exactly what leading professionals in the field of neurodevelopment are saying; put the child on the floor so the brain can receive the stimulation in needs for proper development.
The following symptoms can occur from an immature tactile system:
- Irritated by tags in clothing, seems in socks, wearing shoes, etc.
- Clothing must be worn either really tight or very loose
- Overly sensitive to textures of clothing and/or food
- Unusually rough when playing with friends
- Avoids being hugged, kissed or even touched
- Gets into other people’s “personal space”
- Clumsy, bumps into things
These tactile sensitivities can cause distractability, attention problems, and an inability to stay on task, which are included on the ADD/ADHD checklist. These tactile inefficiencies can be addressed and eliminated through the Neurodevelopmental Approach.
The good news is that these symptoms can be treated, even in older children and adults. One activity that helps to build the roadways in our tactile system associated with deep sensation is an activity we call, Deep Pressure. Just as we intuitively play “this little piggy…” with an infant’s toes; Deep Pressure is designed to give enough deep touch input to the brain in order to normalize these sensations.
Deep Pressure should be done for 4 minutes, twice a day, for 6 to 8 months. You should press up to the point of pain, starting with the tips of the fingers and working up the arms to the shoulders. Then, press on the toes and work up the leg to just past the knee.
Tactile Stimulation is another activity that helps to normalize hyper sensitivity to touch. Use several pieces of rough and smooth textures like burlap, corduroy, silk, satin, cotton, etc. Gently rub all four limbs for 20 seconds with one of the rough textures and then 20 seconds each with a smooth texture. Do this twice a day for 6 to 8 months and these sensitivities will begin to diminish and most likely disappear completely.
IMPROVED MEMORY & READING
Little Giant Steps has a wonderful Christmas gift you may want to consider using in a neuro-educational way:
The Stories of Axel Galench by Rooster Morris has merit for children from six to twelve. Little Giant Steps uses ND techniques to enhance the reading experience so the reader’s short-term memory can also be improved.
Here’s our suggestion to use these books and CD recording to advance reading ability:
1. Have the child listen to the whole book on CD through twice.
2. On the third time through the child follows along in the book as the words are read on the CD.
A PROFESSIONAL REVIEW OF AXLE GALENCH
Not since my 3rd grade teacher read us The Adventures of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (dates me I know) have I been so entertained. Rooster Morris has hit a great balance between appeal to young children and subtle humor that keeps teens on their toes to catch it all. The main character Axle, inspires integrity, honesty and fundamental truths of good triumphing over evil. Rooster’s recordings are amazing as he depicts each cleverly named character with different voices. From my professional stand point, the recordings will accelerate reading abilities as children follow along in the book while Rooster skillfully dramatizes the written word. ~ Jan Bedell, M.Ed.,M.ND.
Available Here for $15.95 (Be sure to register , then scroll down page – your information is confidential with LGS.)
Some time ago a mother shared her son’s story. Her son went from hating to read to ~ well…. I’ll let her tell you:
“There have been days when my son and I have come into conflict over his doing his Little Giant Steps Neuro-Educational Program. It’s a program to help organize his brain (for better processing, comprehending, and retaining information). He gets tired of doing the activities. Quite frankly, I get tired too, some days!
However, I must admit we are noticing some very positive results. Lately, he’s gotten interested in airplanes. I have noticed once in a while I’d catch him reading about airplanes – on his own! I thought I’d get him a really neat book on airplanes for his upcoming birthday.
We celebrated his birthday with guests over for dinner. Suddenly he was missing from the celebration. I started looking for him. I found him in his room with the door closed. I discovered him browsing his new airplane book! Reminding him of our guests, he was told to join his friends and family, as it was his party and he needed to be in attendance. There would be some time later to check out his new book.
We had a great time and it was very late when company left. We all headed for bed. As I was making my final rounds checking to see all doors were locked, I noticed a stream of light underneath his door. I opened it and here he was reading! I told him it was late, to turn out the light and go to sleep. Then I went to my room exhausted. I had just laid down when I realized I’d not turned off the coffee pot. Quietly I returned to the kitchen to take care of this final chore and as I passed his room – there was a noise. I looked and saw a diffused glow from under his door! Silently I opened his door and there was a tent fashioned out of his sheet. The glow was from a flash light. I tip toed over to his bed and slowly lifted the corner of the sheet to see what he was doing. Here he sat with his legs crossed, hiding so he could read! Amazed at this sight, I never said a word. I replaced the sheet, retraced my steps out of his room and pulled the door to the jam. As I made my way down the hall, tears welled up, because it was then I realized, “He’s reading and loving it…. he’s like a normal kid… curious and seeking information from a book!” I am so grateful we stuck with the neurodevelopmental program. It’s given him access to a world I didn’t know he’d ever experience! Thanks to Jan Bedell and all at Little Giant Steps, we are blessed more than you can imagine!”
This CD created at Little Giant Steps 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.
PLUS, GET AN ADDED ACADEMIC BONUS
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.
Little Giant Steps (LGS) trains parents just like you. You can learn to turn your child with learning difficulties into a person who experiences wholeness to their learning experience, and success in their academics. You notice and know all the unique things about your child. Some things about your child are so delightful, so special; your heart is warmed by just looking at him/her. You know the feeling of being so blessed that your life is graced by his/her presence. However, you also know how things can be puzzling, worrisome, frustrating, and absolutely hair-raising! Some parents have confessed, “I just thought he/she was lazy or had a bad disposition.” Children with learning issues do become frustrated, angry, rebellious, and defiant. You can change all that by gaining knowledge, and expertise. In fact, you are the best one in the world to help your child. So, start now, not later for your child’s sake.
Parens who have seen the awesome results by learning about how to implement a neuro-educational/development program twice a day for two minutes, have said, “This is the best gift I’ve ever given my child, and it will last a lifetime!” Or, as one mom said, “My child has gone from being unsuccessful in his academic, and social life, with inappropriate behavior; to a confident, successful student in mind, body and spirit.” Learn more on the LGS website.
| DETAILED READING COMPREHENSION WITH JUNIOR LEVELS
Created by Little Giant Steps, a neuro-educational consulting and curriculum group.
To comprehend what is read not only takes the ability to read the words but to hold all the pieces of information together. Here is a fun and easy way that readers from kindergarten through 3rd grade can be encouraged to develop the art of attention to detail. Three levels provide 900 practice sentences as well as 450 questions that add a different aspect to the comprehension practice. There is also a junior level included!
The three junior levels start with listening comprehension, which has proven to be one of the foundational building blocks of reading comprehension.
Software required: Adobe Reader or PDF compatible software.
Follow this link and listen to Jan’s explanation and learn about the free webinar to increase reading ability!
Little Giant Step‘s (LGS) Neuro-Educational / Developmental Programs gives results beyond improved academics. When the brain is organized and functioning efficiently, the benefits are realized throughout all systems, such as, muscular, visual, and mind/body coordination. LGS has also made a SURVEY available for free. You fill it out, email it to us, then a Certified Neuro-Educational Specialist reviews it, and responds with recommendations. All information is confidential, and there is no obligation to purchase anything. Please feel free to take advantage of this helpful service.
Here’s what Steven, one of LGS clients, has to say: “I can’t believe how much this program has helped me.It changed my life! Immediately in the sports I can see the ball traveling at 65-70 mph coming straight at me and I can hit it! My stats were 21 at bat and 15 hits and that is incredible for me. I think I was one of the best on the team. I went from the bottom of the batting order to close to the top!” Steven age 14
So, what to do to get started in improving like Steven? First, get the lower levels of the brain organized. Time required: twice a day for two minutes for the about the next four months. To achieve best results do activities that require cross-patterning of the body.
Example: Doing the army crawl on your stomach is a great place to start. Reach right forearm forward above the head with left leg moving up simultaneously having the knee touch at the same time as the right arm. Push/pull body forward, then reach up with left forearm and right knee and continue moving the body forward. Other ways to do cross-patterning could be skipping with opposite hands touching the opposite knees as you proceed across the room. Again, you do this activity until your body builds neuro-connections, which typically takes about four months. TWICE A DAY FOR TWO MINUTES FOR A PERIOD OF TIME – WHAT A DEAL TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT WILL LAST THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Now go do it!!
Little Giant Steps, (LGS) a neuro-educational/developmental consulting group, has been fixing functional deficits in learning at the root cause for over twenty years. In all that time, we have learned if you will follow specific activities that stimulate under-developed areas of the brain, you will see issues related to memory, processing, and learning efficiency go from struggle to success.
1. Determine Your Child’s Current Processing Abilities - Jan Bedell, Founder of LGS, known as the Brian Coach, has created a test kit you do with your child to determine at what grade level they are currently functioning. Order the FREE Auditory Test Kit. If this test shows your child is not performing at grade level, then it is a matter of doing specific activities twice a day for two minutes per activity. Do the activity for four months to see the fullness of what you can gain. If you do it longer, you can only gain maximum performance. Tip: keep it fun and spontaneous!
2. You Will Play a Listening Game (practice session) – where you will give the child a series of sequential numbers, or words. The directions on the Auditory Test Kit will advise you how to perform and administer these sessions. If you wish to have more information, we have a very helpful booklet called, “The Best Kept Secret in Education: Auditory Processing“. It will expand your knowledge and give creative activities. We have created a package of digit cards, if you don’t have time to make your own.
3. Have Your Child Listen To Books On Tape or CDs On Topics of Interest - Short term memory can be improved by practicing specific activities as directed. Developing the neuro-connections in the brain, so a larger amount of information is retained, is how short-term memory can become the transporter of information into long-term memory. It is in the auditory processing abilities, which unfortunately too many of today’s children are lacking, that a solid memory can be gained and information retained. For more information, please read one of our many free articles so you can appreciate how valuable this knowledge is and learn more about these activity practices, as well as, how insure your child’s academic success. Now…GO DO IT!
Special children bring so many wonderful things to us. Often when we least expect it, they can tell us things that only when we’ve had time to gain perspective, and knowledge, does the “light” go on. One of those “teaching moments” happened for me when my preschooler, who we would learn later, had severe Dyslexia, gave me a clue that his development was somewhat incomplete. I asked him about his struggle with holding and using crayons, his inability to stay within the lines, and all the other problems he was displaying in his fine and gross motor skills. He replied in a very factual and deliberate manner, “I have trouble doing things because I have “fluffy hands”! He told his pre-school teacher the same thing. The unfortunate part of this story is that it took me three more years before I figured out what he was really telling me.
DISCOVERY OF THE REAL PROBLEM
I was fortunate enough to talk with a person who worked at a Montessori School. After she heard me talk about my son’s “unique” symptoms he displayed, she said I bet he’s got some neuro-developmental issues. My response was, “What?” She explained, “Often children miss neuro-developmental steps, which can leave them incapable of doing certain tasks in their gross and fine motor skills. She asked if I’d ever heard or knew of The Neurodevelopmental Approach? No, I hadn’t, but I got busy investigating all that I could.
When I became aware of The Neurodevelopmental Approach and found a professional neuro-developmentalist, my son’s ”fluffy hands” mystery was solved. The only way he could describe the lack of sensation in his arms and fingers was to tell me what he experienced. I came to learn that crawling (which he didn’t do) is a crucial step in developing lower level brain organization. Without developing strong neuro-pathways which carry signals from his limbs to his brain, the registering of clear tactile messages wasn’t happening. Therefore his gross and fine motor skills were lagging. He was suffering from Developmental Delays. He also had difficulty reading, which later was diagnosed as Dyslexia. However, when we followed the neuro-developmental programs, he moved beyond those limiting symptoms. I am glad to report it was not a life sentence! I learned how to help my child through brain stimulating activities that would create the much needed pathways and improve the communication between the brain and body. I am so grateful for The Neurodevelopmental Approach! My child is totally functional because of it! Find out more at Little Giant Steps. This neuro-educational/developmental consulting group has a number of “Freebie” offerings that can give you feedback about the status of functional abilities, or the lack thereof in your child, or even yourself! First, there is the Survey. Fill it out, send it in and Certified Neuro-Educational Specialist will review and send back recommendations, if indicated. We also have something for the parents of children who struggle with math. If there are problems with math we have a FREE Auditory Test, which gives you a snapshot of their current processing abilities. If they are functioning below grade level, you’ll discover what to do. And if you really want to investigate this tried and true application, read the FREE Articles, and of course, the Success Stories. Oh! Another valuable free educational item: Webinars. Now get going! Don’t wait and waste your child’s learning years. You can make a huge difference in helping your child to reach their God-given potential!
It may surprise you that learning (receiving, comprehending, remembering, storing and recalling information) can be improved at any time and at any age, if you will do the right activity in the right way, for the right amount of time, and do it frequently. You see, we at Little Giant Steps, don’t work with symptoms and try to have the child or adult cope and compensate for the problem. We work at the root cause in the brain. The brain is not hard wired. If you have suffered with learning difficulties, it’s time to take about five minutes out of your day and improve your learning abilities. The great by-product of getting your brain and body to communicate efficiently, is that you (or your child) will discover what life is like without anxiety, frustration and feelings of doubt and suffering from constant little failures on a daily basis.
Please read the free articles on our website. Inform yourself, gain knowledge, then get busy with either helping your child or yourself learn what true potential (we call it neuro-efficiency – when the brain and body have lightening fast connections can be). Gaining though development, whether it be at the gym, on the track, or doing other body/brain-building, it takes time. The time is dependent how fast your body responds to stimuli that initiates growth. In our line of work, we are growing connections between the brain and body. If your processing abilities are lagging, then you will have difficulty holding information in short-term memory. If you can’t hold information in short-term memory, then it doesn’t have a chance to move into long-term memory. That’s a real bummer when you know you’ve heard the information, but for the life of you, can’t recall details.
Development Takes Time, Intensity, and Frequency
If you want to see change, then you need to be like the body-builder.. He or She goes to the gym knowing they need to show up and do the training daily. Gaining your full potential in learning or academics, is no different. I will tell you this truth: If you will commit to doing each activity for two minutes, twice a day, in 4 months or perhaps sooner, you will see and know there is an improved difference in performance. Some people have described it like having been on a dial-up connection, and then experiencing what a high-speed line is like! For most, they say it happens very subtly, then it’s like one day the say, “Wow! I did that…. I did it correctly….. I didn’t even think about it…. I can do this….!!!”
Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach, has brought not only hope, but life-long change to thousands of people’s academic abilities. One of the “at-home” programs she’s developed is Developmental Foundations Program, people are reporting fantastic results. If you just want to increase your ability to process information and retain it better, I’d suggest you order a FREE Auditory Test Kit. It will give you feedback as to your or your child’s processing ability or level. All the details are in the kit. Then, get some Digit Span Cards, or make your own and get busy. If you have trouble with remembering what you see, then order the FREE Visual Test Kit. Then, as one mom said, ”Just do it! I ordered this stuff and really didn’t get with the program, then we had a wake-up call at a teachers conference, and committed that I would DO the program. It works! I felt some guilt that I delayed helping my child. It’s easy, but you need to “DO IT” and then you can sit back and know you gave your child a gift that will serve them the rest of their lives. Not many gifts will do that.!”