My son was typically a temperamental child from the day he was born. He had a lot of breathing problems and his first week of life was a real struggle. I always felt so sad for him, as he could be startled so easily, then his little body would get so rigid. As an infant it seemed like he never could really relax. I didn’t know what to do to help him become a calm little boy. He seemed to be “wired” so differently from his siblings. As he grew his disposition, attitude, and general demeanor seems to point in the direction of negative, rather than positive. He seemed grumpy and worried far more than a little boy should ever be. As he reached a year old, I could see he was lagging in his development. I read everything I could get my hands on to try to figure out my son’s problem and what I could do to make him more comfortable about life in general. I needed to help rid him of his fears and negative attitudes that seemed to hang over his head like a cloud. I could see potential in him, but how to reach the part of him I only caught glimpses of was a serious dilemma.
Then when I traveled to a home school convention I happened to go to one of the workshops where Jan Bedell, “The Brain Coach” was speaking about children who struggle. I only went because my friend wanted to hear her. Little did I know she held the key that would unlock my child’s potential! Thank God she was there and I found her.
Jeremy fit all the symptoms she talked about children who, for whatever reason, had missed important stages of development. She helped me identify issues, specific issues. She talked about sensory disorders, brain organization, about auditory and visual processing, and resulting behaviors when these things were delayed. All of a sudden, for the first time, I knew what I’d been seeing in my son and best of all, she explained how, if we keep doing the same old things, we are going to get the same old results. She talked about the Neurodevelopmental Approach, the history, scientific data behind it, and the philosophy. As she talked about children she’d seen (even her own daughter) blossom into children with academic skills, social skills, improved coordination, who became calm, confident, and successful. She told about a child whose life opened and his abilities grew to allow him to follow his dreams, interests, and life had become a place to explore and embrace, rather than a cave in which he needed to hide and feel ashamed because even though he tried, he failed at learning things like other kids. She even talked about a 10 year old boy diagnosed with Dyslexia, who no longer has any symptoms and has achieved great heights never believed possible. This is what I wanted for Jeremy!
I purchased several of the resources Jan has developed and they have turned our whole families lives around. Early Learning Foundation is a terrific program for preschoolers – 5. Developmental Foundations is an at-home program to get your child neurologically efficient, totally prepared for math success through the Rapid Recall System (a terrific math facts program) that is included and she even has online professional training included! If you want some help, Jan’s provided a survey to help guide you in helping your child.
Jeremy is no longer the “Scrooge” in the household. He’s able to receive, store, comprehend and recall information. As Jan says, “We’ve helped him to go from the experience of being on a dial-up Internet connection (frustrating, demoralizing, and discouraging) to a high-speed connection (freeing, satisfying, and confidence-building). Jeremy is now functioning as God intended! Our whole family is so delighted with this bright, and funny (yes, he’s even developed a sense of humor!) guy in our family. No one hardly remembers those days when it was like walking on egg shells when you had to deal with him. Oh, and he is excelling in school, too! Thanks Little Giant Steps!
If you have a child who is struggling, stop doing what you are doing, and shift into a healthy, natural program (whether it’s a professional evaluation or the at-home program) and see remarkable, life-changing results! By the way, start with Jan’s Free Auditory and Visual Test Kit.