Archive for July, 2011
So many parents come to us after they have spent years knowing something was up with their child and their ability to learn and carry out simple plans.
* They knew the child was smart, but was not being successful in school.
* They knew their child heard their directions, but consistently unable to carry out the directive.
- * They knew their child was disorganized in their actions, thought processing, and behavior, but assumed they were just lazy or disobedient. The list goes on.
When The Light Finally Goes On
Unfortunately, all too often it is the child that crashes emotionally that sounds the alarm that signals “vitally important” and something must be done to help this suffering child. In my own case, my son stated, “I just wished I was dead.” He was smart, creative, had advanced skills verbally, could do advanced math…. but only in his head. His motor skills were about 4 years behind his mind. With other families I’ve had to opportunity to be associated with their child had other symptoms. Some couldn’t read, even though they were bright and articulate. Other’s showed signs of intolerable behavior outbursts when they would get frustrated, or they couldn’t tolerate noises or were distracted to the point of being on every-one’s black list. These were all kids that the parents suspected there was something different, but didn’t act until it became a volatile event that literally shocked and shook their world. Hearing my 10 year-old son wishing he was dead rocked my world. I suddenly saw the depression, frustration and outcry from his soul. He knew something was wrong and no one was able to help him.
There was help for him, but I, as his parent, didn’t know where to look. I’d been after the school to help him since the day he entered kindergarten, because I actually saw his distinctive way of interacting with the world when he was three. His pre-school teacher and I even discussed it at the time! The school said, “His grades are above average, so we do not have any intervention for him.” The day he told me he didn’t want to live any longer… the school’s answer just wasn’t good enough! Then came the resolve and clarity that I had to save my son! I didn’t know how, where, or what to do, but I could no longer ignore his sense of failure that had been a part of our lives for 7 years, regardless of what the school told me! So, I prayed, I investigated, and I educated myself. It worked! I found a neuro-educational specialist who evaluated him, created an individualized program to assist in getting his brain and body better connected (created neuro-pathways) and communicating efficiently. We addressed his eye-hand coordination deficits with special activities that created neuro-pathways, we developed better cognitive skills and most important, I saw this child… a messy, disorganized child emerge as a clear thinking, acting, and confident son that by age 12 became a phenomenal success in school, athletics, and was spiritually centered.
So what’s my thought for you today? Here’s a quote sent by a reader of our blog by Jim Rohn. It’s the secret to Little Giant Steps’ Neuro-Educational Programs:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”–Jim Rohn
I thank God everyday for the path I was able to find for my son. It allowed him to become whole, reach his full potential and bless others with his professional skills and service to God. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him grow and become a very successful dentist, father and leader in his community.
The Neurodevelopmental Approach is a simple discipline when utilized each day for a season of your child’s life that reaps benefits beyond many parent’s wildest dreams, not only for those with special needs, but for gifted children like my son, and for everyone in between… regardless of age or I.Q. Now go have a blessed day!
At Little Giant Steps (LGS), nothing makes us happier or more satisfied than seeing parents gain knowledge, skills, and confidence in why their child is having difficulty learning, why certain behaviors are occurring, and how they can be a part of a lifelong intervention that can eliminate destructive symptoms and learning issues. The Neurodevelopmental Approach has brought peace, pride and happiness to thousands of families. For which, LGS is as grateful as the parents to see the success in learning that had alluded this family prior to becoming a client.
Then, there is Kathy, an educator who had a son totally unable to cope, OCD, auditory processing issues and more. While her training as an educator had not prepared to for this dynamic paradigm change; she felt lost with little hope of helping her son. She hung in there and worked the Neuro-Educational Program…. well let’s let Kathy tell you her story.
Have a blessed day and if things look down, just look up and ask for God to sustain, train, and love you as you pass through a difficulty! See you next time!