Archive for July, 2011
“From the beginning, EVERYTHING about Little Giant Steps has been exactly what we needed. Jan Bedell, The Brain Coach, has been a tool in God’s hands to literally begin to transform my son’s life in a few short months. Luke has struggled from day one with an array of challenges from physical to learning (dysgraphia, dyslexia, processing issues and at age 9, he still was unable to read). Once evaluated, we began our Individualized Neurodevelopmental Program (INP) and within 6 weeks Luke was reading. His retention seemed to double, his tactile issues lessened and over all our son’s confidence began to change.”
One thing that has been so much fun working with Jan Bedell’s neuro-educational programs, is seeing the children improve and succeed each day as we see the lower levels of their brains get organized (they begin to think and comprehend in organized ways ~ a big advantage especially in gaining math skills). While her programs provide curriculum supplementation, like Rapid Recall for math facts, they really ready the child for better processing of what they hear, see, say and touch. Their short-term memory improves with the practiced design of ”The Brain Coach’s” educational programs. These programs deliver life-long imprinting on the brain, because they actually create new neuro-pathways. They close developmental gaps that may exist. It is exciting to see more and more learning disabilities being remedied via the use of neurodevelopmentally focused supplemental curriculum and educational tools.
Seeing Is Believing
This past year we had the pleasure of working the the Summit Christian Academy. It is an elementary school (NAUMS) and therefore we had a great deal of participation not only with the teachers, but parents. We kept hearing reports about how the kindergarten loved doing their Rapid Recall (Math Facts) each day. So, here it is for you to see for yourself. Kindergarten 2011 Math Speed Test!
If interested in more information on our work at schools, go to Little Giant Steps’ YouTube Channel.
What Were We To Do With A Daydreamer?
When I was asked to use one word to describe our experience with Little Giant Steps, I said, “freeing!” I knew Joseph was smart, but how he daydreamed! He had a hard time focusing and when he did math, he jumped all over the page. It took him hours to get school work done. Also, he would have little bursts of frustration with his brothers and was hard to reason with. I was tired of always having to keep my eye on him and everything.
After the improvement in his brother’s life (who had been on an ND Program), we decided to have Joseph join the program. Joseph really took the initiative and woke up early and did 2 hours of therapy before his other school work. It has been very freeing to see him change.
The Result Is Revealed
At completion of his program, he is reading at 10th grade level. He is actually enjoying Algebra and he can focus and complete his work twice as fast. He doesn’t skip around anymore. I do not have to check on him constantly and he is trustworthy to get his schoolwork done. He gets along so much better with his brothers and will actually reason out situations. He is much calmer, yet fun and still our comedian. R.T., TX
There are those who are always skeptical and really don’t believe in much outside themselves. What they don’t know about is outside their realm of tolerance in many cases. Then there is the other individual who is a believer, and their biggest cross to bear is being discerning enough to keep their life on track with their faith and beliefs.
I must say we see both kinds of individuals. Some time it is the wife who is the believer, and often will notice and recognize things are NOT going quite right for her child. Then, we often see the husband a true skeptic. What I have noticed is that when a child is struggling with school, often times it is seen by the skeptic that his or her child is just misbehaving or hasn’t developed a good ethic and is seen as lazy or disobedient. Being a mother, having worked as a nurse therapist with children and family services, I’m still astonished that at the root of many of these father’s perception of the situation lies in denial, “There is nothing wrong with my child.” Regardless of which your propensity seems to be, your child will change in relation to the parent stepping back, and looking objectively at their children when they’re struggling in school. Expect lots of questions to be asked and answered as you seek out what’s happening, rather than thinking in terms of something being “wrong”.
How Do We Find A Way To Help Everyone In The Family?
A few things are important at the outset:
First, we must agree if your child is struggling in school, failing to remember from one day to the next things he knew, seems disorganized in thinking, doing chores, is super emotional and melt-downs are a part of his/her M.O., and is having bad days associated with learning new things; it makes sense to me to look at the root causes. Our brains come into this world in a pretty under-developed state. God made us that way so we can get our brains and bodies efficiently wired neurologically during those early years as random movements signal the brain where the arms and legs are, then with each month that refinement of functional movement improves, and helps to develop sight, focusing abilities, and on down the line our language skills become a useful tool for us. Each year of a toddler, is an act of refining the neuro-pathways, mind/body interaction, organizing the brain, and preparing children for learning from experiences. We are very complex creatures!
Secondly, we want each parent to fully investigate resources available for children with learning issues. It doesn’t matter whether your child is gifted, typical, or challenged. Anyone (child, teen, adult) can all have a gap in their development that renders them helpless in some learning environments. See these test results of many of the children we’ve worked with over the past twenty years. Then look at the test results of the work we’ve done in schools these past few years.
Third, when you find a methodology, or resource that makes sense to you pursue it with all your heart, mind and soul. You hold the keys to your child’s academic future. Gain as much knowledge as possible. That is why Little Giant Steps has provided free articles that contain enough information if you studied what has been set before you, there is enough information to help your child in the next 4 months!
Fourthly, parents must commit to solving this problem with their child. Our intervention is natural, no drugs, it will cost you some time, and if you were to check our costs verses some of these other “learning programs” on the market today, you will see we have a mission first to God. We make our services available and priced so home-school families can participate. No one knows your child better than you. Only a parent has enough compassion to look beyond the bad behavior to seek something new and effective. Only a parent will hear from his/her child’s heart what the daily toll of being unable to learn (even some simple things) costs your child day after day and basically feeling like are a failure. Often these children will drift along until a real crisis comes up and then we’ll see parents begin to mobilize. If your child is functioning better, your life will become amazing and wonderful, as well.
How do we give parents the ability to look at a “root cause”?
Like so many of our “Neurodevelopmental and Neuro-Educational Programs,” it’s simple. If you can follow directions, work with your child daily for a short time in their lives, you can literally begin to see their full academic, reasoning, and curiosity potential emerge. Where do we recommend you start?
- 1. Order An Auditory and Visual Test Kit. Read all the benefits and when you give your child these two tests you’ll see and know their processing abilities and whether they are functioning up to grade level. It takes two minutes each.
2. Read All The Articles. Not only will you gain knowledge, but you will soon understand our Neurodevelopmental Approach, Philosophy and Methodology.If you are looking for an answer, we have the solution. Oh, and don’t forget to read about our services in “Evaluation Overview“ If an “At-Home Program” appeals more to you than a professional evaluation, the check out our curriculum. There are two complete programs Jan Bedell, The Brain Coach, has created for different age groups. These kits have access to our online resources available we use with our client Early Learning Foundations (ages 2 – 5, and good for those challenged). For students (from first grade through college) The Brain Coach created Developmental Foundations. These are rich in instruction, optional ways to complete the activities (some on the computer, some done with the parent). If you decide you recognize your child needs more professional help…. there is even a discount coupon enclosed!
3. Stick With The Program Until They Achieve Freedom From Their Learning Disability. We work with our students on one program for four months, then re-evaluate and adjust the activities based on what the child need. One thing that always makes me smile when parents who’ve worked diligently with their kids and they discover that for ever four months on the program, the child has come up one full school year. One mother just used recommendations from one of our seminars she’d attended. When she began to talk to me about the success she’d experienced with her 7 year old son, her eyes welled up with tears. She said, “He was such a disruptor everywhere he went. He couldn’t sit still, learn what was being taught at school, or anything. I listened and took notes while Jan (The Brain Coach) gave several webinars about the Neurodevelopment Approach and learning. I went home and started doing what Jan had told me to do twice a day 5 days a week for two minutes. It’s been four months and he’s like a different child. He’s compliant, gone is all the disruptive behavior, and most important was he had seemed like a little kid that hated himself…..no confidence, difficult to communicate with…. Now, he’s excited about learning. His curiosity about things outside himself haveexpanded immensely! Finally, we have the son we always knew was there. Little Giant Steps just had to help us discover him and discard the learning issues.”
Smile! I am so glad I write this blog as a part of my daily act! There are so many stories from parents who found “this right answer”. I thank God it’s something I witness each and every day! Now, go get’em tiger.
“Where does one begin to share about one of the greatest gifts God has given our family? Little Giant Steps (LGS) has been part of our lives for almost 2 years and has truly changed our son’s life. Luke was 9 when he began the program. To understand the miracle LGS has been, you need to know a bit about Luke’s story.
From birth, Luke was not making the normal “mile stones.” Since he was our third child we knew what to expect. It was at his 9-month appointment we started a battery of tests to search for answers. His diagnosis ended up being mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy. The doctors shared that they did not know if he would ever walk or talk. Eventually, our son mastered both. From 9 months on, Luke has always had some form of therapy and he has slowly progressed. Then at age 4, Luke began to have complex partial seizures. These were controlled by medication. Luke went to our local elementary school and we were pleased with the care he received. But, he always seemed to take one step forward in mastering something, to take three steps back. We tried many various options, from repeating Kindergarten to trying more time in “therapy.” Nothing ever seemed to help.
In fourth grade, we moved and our new school was not able to accommodate his special needs. We were distraught to say the least. As we looked into other options, each one had roadblocks. Weeks before the new school year were to begin; a friend asked if I had heard of LGS. Unfortunately, we had not up to this point. Quickly, we watched a video, hopped around on the website and made an appointment to be evaluated. (To be honest, we had to be very creative in our finances and even at this point, God provided).
From the beginning, EVERYTHING about LGS has been exactly what we needed. Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND. Certified Neuro-Educational Specialist (The Brain Coach) has been a tool in God’s hands to literally begin to transform Luke’s life in a few short months. Luke has struggled from day one with an array of challenges from physical to learning (dysgraphia, dyslexia, processing issues and at age 9, he still was unable to read). Once evaluated, we began our INP and within 6 weeks Luke was reading. His retention seemed to double, his tactile issues lessened and over all our son’s confidence began to change.
Recently, our journey has been marred with more challenges in regards to Luke’s health. Last year, he was diagnosed with a low grade, brain tumor. Sadly, Luke’s hippo-campus was removed, along with part of his temporal lobe. We had to take a break from LGS and months ago begun the program again. While Luke is healing, there is clear evidence that his memory is hindered. Our hope is God will use LGS once again to do what no other program or therapist has ever accomplished. So far, we see good progress. I am not sure what would have become of Luke had God not placed LGS in our lives. It has done miracles in our boy…and we are forever grateful for Jan’s evaluations, Michelle’s constant contact, guidance, encouragement and Alysa’s administrative gifts.”
We will keep up with Luke and let you know as he moves through this setback. In the meantime, pray for recovery and that he be restored. The plasticity of the brain is amazing, and no one knows it’s boundaries in cases like Luke’s. We’ll keep you posted. May God bless all children who struggle with learning.
Our Son’s Progress Is Amazing
“A year ago, our son was using 1 or 2 word sentences and motions to communicate. He also had behavior issues and lack of attentiveness that kept him from being part of a regular classroom. After using our Little Giant Steps program since June, we are seeing amazing progress with our 12 year old son. He is talking in details and wants to read the ingredient lists of his favorite foods and record them in my recipe file. We can hardly keep up with his flood of words now.
He is a lot more interested in people and has eye contact now. We are more likely to get an answer when we ask him about his day at school. He wants to play with his 9 year old brother and neighborhood kids now. We see a look of understanding in his eyes that we’ve never seen before. This sounds just too good to be true.
A Neuro-Educational Program Can Enhance Curriculum Success
Thanks, Carol C.”
You Can Make A Huge Difference In An Academic Life
Today is Monday. Today is the day to get started making a difference in your child’s academic life! ”How?,” you ask. “I’m not a teacher,” you say.
Here’s the real truth; you are the very BEST teacher your child has. You know your child better than anyone. You know the subtle nuances of their behavior, actions and language. In fact, many parents these days feel very out of touch with their children, due to lives that are rushed, anxiety-producing, and often extremely limited when it comes to spending time with their children. There is an old addage that says, “Pay now, or pay later.” If we don’t address problems with our children when they’re young, those problems only grow as the child does, and costs can become astronomical in terms of their future.
What Can I Do?
What you can do is start this week out with asking your child about their reading difficulties. Check out his internal information, discover what it’s like to be him in a classroom where he’s feeling less than successful. Some children can communicate what they think is wrong, some may be just as puzzeled about his situation as you. What is most important, is to listen, and let him know there is help. You may not know all you need to, but you are willing to join him, make a team effort in getting help, so he can stop feeling bad, frustrated, and lack in confidence due to his inability to read.
Next, you need to get on Little Giant Steps site and investigate the Neuro-Educational Services we provide and why the Neurodevelopmental Approach has the ability to change so many academic lives for students. The free articles can help you to know what you need to know about development and learning. The fact is, you are the best teacher, because you are the source of what your child was able to learn from an infant. You will be asked to commit to a program with your child, but if you can change his world for the better, for the rest of his life….. don’t you think it would be worth it? Listen to other parents who have traveled this journey and succeeded. So, it’s Monday! Let’s get started! Your child’s success is waiting for you!
A mother knows when there is something “unique” about their child and usually is the one who notices the inconsistencies in their learning behaviors. Once in a while a father will recognize something “quirky” or unusual. Most times parents will experience frustration with their children who are disorganized, forgetful, messy, losing things pretty consistency and struggling in school. Their frustration comes from what they know ~ their child is smart, but seems just not paying attention, listening, or some think they are rebellious, lazy or spiteful.
A Neuro-Educational Specialist will tell you, what you are looking at is a child with a disorganized brain, coupled with low processing skills. Most of these issues are related to a gap in their early development. There are other issues that carry diagnosis, as well. What we know is that with intervention at the root cause level in the brain, these symptoms can be addressed by trained parents. Our job is to help you help your child. Little Giant Steps has helped thousands of parents over the past twenty years. Parents learn through our online training exactly how to help their children get through this passage of time with the right brain-stimulating activities for addressing the needs to increase the neuro-pathways, organize the lower levels of the brain, and bring their processing abilities up to grade level.
My favorite expression a parent shared, “I now have a different child. It’s like he’s whole. He’s calm, enjoying learning for the first time in his life, and we are not always after him to do things, finish things. Our lives are peaceful, and he has more confidence than we could have ever dreamed of. He’s curious and excelling in his academics. Thank you, Little Giant Steps.”
By Jan Bedell, M.Ed. M.ND, Certified Teacher, and Neuro-Educational Specialist ~ Little Giant Steps
(Remember, keep it fun, exciting as play and don’t underestimate the importance of INPUT ~ you’ll know when they’ve got it!)
In the previous posting, we talked about the Quick Flash Method. After you have used this method and your child has read through the Dick and Jane, or similar, books (or tools to help), your child will be ready to read other books using the following method:
- parent reads one paragraph,
- child reads that same paragraph,
- parent reads next paragraph,
- child reads that same paragraph, etc.
In order to ensure the child is following along while you are read, pause every once in a while before reading a word you know he knows and let him say the word. Also, while the child is reading, don’t listen to him struggle to sound out a word, just tell him the word. You will find the child’s confidence begin to grow.
Don’t forget to work on auditory processing in the mean time. You can order a booklet on Auditory Processing online at www.littlegiantsteps.com. When your child reaches an auditory processing level (digit span) of 6, you can add phonics back into his curriculum with a lot more success and a lot less frustration.
P.S. If you haven’t tested your child’s processing ability, please order the FREE Auditory Processing Test Kit. It will give you a snap shot of just how grade appropriate your child is functioning. If they are 5, they should be able to hold 5 pieces of information and recall it from short term memory. The test tells you how to give this short test, and some of the things to look for. It will give you a bench mark from which to proceed. It will also answer questions. If they’re not up to grade level, then it can be an easy fix that will last a lifetime! Please read up on the free articles, too. There are so many helpful things we publish for our audience. Take advantage of them!
By Jan Bedell,M.Ed., Certified Neuro-Educational Specialist ~ Little Giant Steps
(Remember: Keep these activities fun, short and stimulating. A parent’s attitude can create a winning attitude for their child. Play with them and create a bond that will last a lifetime! So, for two minutes twice a day, put on your happy face, have a short focused interaction with your child that will be worth a million bucks, and you’ll be amazed how great it will make you feel, as well!)
What is the secret to motivating children to do anything? They must feel a sense of accomplishment, that they are progressing, and that they are successful in their endeavors. How do you promote these feelings in your children when they are struggling with their schoolwork and they hate math, hate reading, hate writing, etc? Here are some tips on how to motivate your children to want to learn to read…
Some children have had a negative experience with the phonics approach to reading. This is often due to poor auditory processing (Free Test Kit Available). One way to build confidence in reading is by using the Quick Flash Method. You can use flash cards with common words or there are computer programs that teach common words on our website. The object is to use the flash card to produce a quick, intense input to the brain using 8 to 10 words at a time for a short 1-2 minute session. This session should be almost 100% input – you will tell the child the word every time it is flashed up in front of him, not ask him to output (say) what he doesn’t know.
After just one week of this kind of input twice a day, find a book in which these 8-10 words are used often. Days Go By books are a good example where the same words are used repetitively. Highlight in the book, everywhere the 8-10 words you have been flashing appear. Then read the pages to the child, pausing so the child can read the highlighted words.
Many parents have found that a child’s self esteem is greatly enhanced when they go from struggling to sound out every word, to reading quickly through the Dick and Jane books. Don’t worry, they will be able to learn their phonics later and they will have the best of both worlds; a good sight word vocabulary and phonic utilization when their auditory processing comes up. www.littlegiantsteps.com
Just for fun, you may want to check out Detailed Reading Comprehension!