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Screenings Available – Register Soon

Covers1WHAT: Neuro-Developmental Screenings, $15.00  Get a snapshot of a few areas of current developmental functional abilities.

REGISTRATION:Email: office@littlegiantsteps.com,

Subject line: Screening  (City)

(Limited Number Of Appointments Available)

WHERE: Teach Them Diligently Convention – Atlanta, GA ~ April 28-30, 2016    &  Sandusky, OH ~ May 12-14, 2016

BENEFITS FROM LEARNING TECHNIQUES:

* Increased Short Term Memory   * Enhance Retention    * Understand Directions              * Increase Comprehension   * Lessen Confused Thinking   * Improve Language Skills                     * Boost Visual Discrimination     * Improved Academic Performance

Invitation To Homeschoolers In South Dallas

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YOU ARE INVITED……(An Adult Only Event)

Dr. Jan Bedell will give a presentation for parents of homeschoolers:

MAKE LEARNING EASIER”

MARCH 29, 2016,   9:45am – 11:15am

Please Follow The SALT Signs. Proceed to the Back Parking Lot & Entrance

1437 W. Pleasant Run Rd.   DeSoto, Texas 75115

The Joy of Walking With God’s Children

LGSLogo1Little Giant Steps is so blessed to be at Teach Them Diligently! Dr. Jan Bedell and our staff are excited to serve the families in Nashville this week, in Atlanta April 28th, and Sandusky May 28th! Many captives who struggle with learning can be set free!  That’s the good news we bring.

It is in God’s design for us to teach parents how to create or restore efficient neuro-pathways in the brain is quite possible and highly successful. The brain training techniques we bring results in greater brain organization, comprehension, reduction in frustration, increase in abilities to hear or see and retain information, and a better comprehension and know the satisfaction of the multitude of experiences life brings to each person (regardless of age, I.Q., gifted, typical, or challenged)! By the way, the efficiency gained lasts a lifetime!

The symptoms of not being able to stay on task, follow directions, being disorganized and confused, unable to recall information from one day to the next do not have to be a lifetime struggle in the learning process. When simple brain training activities are done twice a day, for two minutes, for several months, the plasticity of the brain (God’s magnificent feature for change) begins to build new connections. It results in a re-wiring process. These connections are developmentally correct, as our Neuro-Developmental Approach is based on scientific tests, practice, and success for the past 40 plus years. Now with the imaging abilities of our radiological technologies our methods are proven and predictably correct! Every living person can benefit from the brain training we offer. Come learn about it this week at the convention and help restore, enhance, or improve your child’s academic performance, self-confidence, and satisfaction in learning!  Oh….and if you take advantage of these activities, you too, will gain in abilities, as well!

Is Your Child Functioning At Grade Level?

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Screenings Offered at Home School Conventions

Dr. Jan Bedell of Little Giant Steps is offering Neuro-Educational / Developmental Screenings. If you are interested in knowing the current status of your child’s learning abilities, and gaining easy remedies for less than desired performance; then you need to register now!  Paste this URL in your browser to access the registration and information page.  You will receive your appointment via email. Convention Fee: $15.00

 http://www.littlegiantsteps.com/neurodevelopmental-screening/

There are a limited number of appointment times, so set your child’s screening up now!  Here are the convention locations and dates:

  1. Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, TN, March 17th, 18th, 19th, 2016

  2. Teach Them Diligently Convention in Atlanta, GA, April 28th, 29th, 30th, 2016

  3. Teach Them Diligently Convention in Sandusky, OH, May 12th, 13th, 14th, 2016

  4. Florida Parents Educational Association, Orlando, FL May 26th, 27th, 28th, 2016

Providing parents with a snapshot of their child’s current functional levels is our way of saying thank you.  Knowing your child’s auditory, visual, and sensory abilities which results in their processing, comprehension, and speed of recalling information; you then have the advantage to increase their proficiency, speed and accuracy in their academics. There’s a distinct advantage to your child when brain organization is increased. Not to mention for you, learning how a few brain training activities can catapult your child’s functional abilities.

Register at LGS Registration Web-page to discover how you can help your child’s brain work more efficiently whether they are gifted and advanced in academics or struggling just to keep up.

It’s a New Year! Let’s start Fresh!

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Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

Why is reading, spelling or math so difficult for my child? Why do they seem to know something one day and not the next? Why are they so disorganized? Why does it seem to take so long to teach him? I wonder if my child has something called Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Low Auditory Processing Disorder, or something else? Does my child have something like Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome? Why is she struggling so much with reading comprehension? Something is just not right! Why is my bright child struggling to learn? If you have asked some of these questions, you are not alone… These are all signs of a weak foundation.

One thing that’s always needed in our educational development is to read, comprehend details, and have the ability to recall the information later.  Dr. Jan Bedell, a neuro-educational /developmental specialist has long seen the carnage that occurs when a child can’t read.  It’s like the whole train (educationally) runs off the track. One determining factor is that typically everyone, including the child, is unhappy with the circumstances.

For 1 night only, January 26th,

Jan Bedell will be our featured speaker

At the Center for Home Education

5733 Watauga Road, Watauga Tx. 76148

Starting at 7:00 p.m.  Call for reservations: 817-281-2293

Jan Bedell, B.S, M.ND, M.Ed, Certified Teacher, and Certified Master Neurodevelopmentalist, began her professional life with a love for children and a deep desire to give them the best academic start possible.

 Little Giant Steps
Equip individuals with specific knowledge, expertise, and methodologies to assist themselves or children they are involved with as they prepare for their fullest, God-given potential and destiny. Offer hope, encouragement, and support to individuals, families and professionals while giving God all the glory.

Space is limited so Reservations are required!

This event is free and open to all parents.

Jan. 9th – MGA Winter Conference

DiscovAcademWINTER CONFERENCE
“Equipping for the Journey”
Sponsored by
Texas Home Educators and Morning Glory Academy                          129 Pecan Street, Keller, TX  76248.

Saturday, January 9, 2016,   9am – 3pm

For every homeschooling parent, from beginners to veterans.

This conference is designed to encourage and equip EVERY parent. If you are new to homeschooling, we are here to assure you that you can guide your child’s education, and do it well. If you are a veteran in need of a ‘lift’ along the way, we are here to encourage. If you are preparing for high school and are a bit intimidated, we are here to offer you experienced suggestions and guidance.

Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD. M.ND., founder of Little Giant Steps, will be on hand to teach parents new techniques and methods that will make learning easier.  Look for these presentations on the schedule:

“Foundations of Learning Styles” by Jan Bedell - A child’s learning abilities increase when their brain is properly stimulated.  The Brain Coach will teach you brain boosting tips for all learning styles. Optimize your children’s learning abilities!

“Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia/ADD/ADHD – There is Hope for Change!” by Jan Bedell - Labels are simply long lists of symptoms not a “disease”. Jan, aka Brain Coach, guides you through the root causes of symptomatic labels. Parents can be the key to a child breaking free of labels.

 

Why Little Giant Steps Exists

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LEARNING MADE TO COUNT DAILY

In 1992, Jan started a journey that transitioned her from a former school teacher, to a desperate home school mom of a struggling learner into a master neurodevelopmentalist. She witnessed her daughter with a 40 IQ learn how to read and do math on a 4th and 5th grade level!  She knew this was her calling to bring hope and healing to those parents experiencing learning struggles within their home.  You see, regardless of age, IQ, or label, brain training can change ability and function!

With her new knowledge of how to optimize brain function, coupled with her previous experience as a public, private and home school teacher, she understood there was more to education than just technique and curriculum. She found hope for her daughter through The Neurodevelopmental Approach that ensures the brain is ready for learning and has been sharing the good news with all who would listen for over two decades. Today, Jan’s passion is teaching parents how to stimulate young brains earning her the title, Brain Coach. Through the years her work has helped children, teens and adults discover their true God-given potential without labels. That work has been life-changing for all those who have applied her brain building principals, making life and learning easier for thousands.

If you are anything like Jan, you want more than encouragement.  You want answers, direction and a clear path for results for your child no matter what the extent of his/her challenges. Hear and read stories of struggles to victory and how your role as parents is key to your child’s success.  Don’t give into the fear of limitation that often comes with a label. Come build your awareness of God’s faithfulness in every area of life at Little Giant Steps 

WHY THE NEURO-EDUCATIONAL APPROACH WORKS

LGSLogo1Little Giant Steps has helped thousands of families turn struggle and failure into success and achievement in learning. So, why don’t more people know about our techniques and are applying them throughout our society? Mainly because it is not a medical model, nor a strict educational model. Technically it is in the research of the neuro-scientific community and physical therapy where the developmental/movement techniques were discovered and validated.  Every year education and the area of neuroscience find more compatibility, but specific programs have been being developed from a small group of professionals who have taken what was known to be true and developed them into deliverable corrective measures that have been successful for improving brain organization, processing abilities, and academic achievement.  It is in the realm of development, an area that is taken for granted to just “be” there. Unfortunately, it has to be developed before the function will “be” there.  We have children who’ve been raised without the opportunity to pass through each vital step of development due to societal practices that don’t allow our little developing children the opportunity to be stimulated by being on their tummies most of their waking hours so their sensory system which maps the brain, and creates neuro-connections between the brain and body are developed and functional. The goal of early development is to achieve neuro-efficiency, so the brain and body work in concert to provide speed and accuracy of thought and action.

Research has proven that specific stimulation can change the brain.  The Little Giant Steps Neuro-Education /Developmental Programs work in improving the academic abilities, lower level brain organization, comprehension and many cognitive functional areas based on this research reported from excepts of this article published in Time Magazine.

HOW THE BRAIN REWIRES ITSELF by Sharon Begley.

Not only can the brain learn new tricks, but it can also change its structure and function–even in old age.

It was a fairly modest experiment, as these things go, with volunteers trooping into the lab at Harvard Medical School to learn and practice a little five-finger piano exercise. Neuroscientist Alvaro Pascual-Leone instructed the members of one group to play as fluidly as they could, trying to keep to the metronome’s 60 beats per minute. Every day for five days, the volunteers practiced for two hours. Then they took a test.

At the end of each day’s practice session, they sat beneath a coil of wire that sent a brief magnetic pulse into the motor cortex of their brain, located in a strip running from the crown of the head toward each ear. The so-called transcranial-magnetic-stimulation (TMS) test allows scientists to infer the function of neurons just beneath the coil. In the piano players, the TMS mapped how much of the motor cortex controlled the finger movements needed for the piano exercise. What the scientists found was that after a week of practice, the stretch of motor cortex devoted to these finger movements took over surrounding areas like dandelions on a suburban lawn.

The finding was in line with a growing number of discoveries at the time showing that greater use of a particular muscle causes the brain to devote more cortical real estate to it. But Pascual-Leone did not stop there. He extended the experiment by having another group of volunteers merely think about practicing the piano exercise. They played the simple piece of music in their head, holding their hands still while imagining how they would move their fingers. Then they too sat beneath the TMS coil.

When the scientists compared the TMS data on the two groups–those who actually tickled the ivories and those who only imagined doing so–they glimpsed a revolutionary idea about the brain: the ability of mere thought to alter the physical structure and function of our gray matter. For what the TMS revealed was that the region of motor cortex that controls the piano-playing fingers also expanded in the brains of volunteers who imagined playing the music–just as it had in those who actually played it.

“Mental practice resulted in a similar reorganization” of the brain, Pascual-Leone later wrote. If his results hold for other forms of movement (and there is no reason to think they don’t), then mentally practicing a golf swing or a forward pass or a swimming turn could lead to mastery with less physical practice. Even more profound, the discovery showed that mental training had the power to change the physical structure of the brain.

The doctrine of the unchanging human brain has had profound ramifications. For one thing, it lowered expectations about the value of rehabilitation for adults who had suffered brain damage from a stroke or about the possibility of fixing the pathological wiring that underlies psychiatric diseases. And it implied that other brain-based fixities, such as the happiness set point that, according to a growing body of research, a person returns to after the deepest tragedy or the greatest joy, are nearly unalterable.

But research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of “neuroplasticity”–the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience. These aren’t minor tweaks either. Something as basic as the function of the visual or auditory cortex can change as a result of a person’s experience of becoming deaf or blind at a young age. Even when the brain suffers a trauma late in life, it can rezone itself like a city in a frenzy of urban renewal. If a stroke knocks out, say, the neighborhood of motor cortex that moves the right arm, a new technique called constraint-induced movement therapy can coax next-door regions to take over the function of the damaged area. The brain can be rewired.

The first discoveries of neuroplasticity came from studies of how changes in the messages the brain receives through the senses can alter its structure and function. When no transmissions arrive from the eyes in someone who has been blind from a young age, for instance, the visual cortex can learn to hear or feel or even support verbal memory. When signals from the skin or muscles bombard the motor cortex or the somatosensory cortex (which processes touch), the brain expands the area that is wired to move, say, the fingers. In this sense, the very structure of our brain–the relative size of different regions, the strength of connections between them, even their functions–reflects the lives we have led. Like sand on a beach, the brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made, the skills we have learned, the actions we have taken.

As Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD., founder of Little Giant Steps, has said for over twenty years, “ “What the future holds is not predetermined or preset ~ what the future holds is based on specific opportunities presented to the child or individual. When something different is done for the child’s or individual’s brain development, the results can be entirely different – irrespective of their age or IQ.”

 

Is Math Difficult For Your Child?

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For a limited time Little Giant Steps has decided to offer one of our most helpful tools to assist parents in making a significant difference in their child’s academic performance.

A great accompaniment would be Rapid Recall System ~ a multi-sensory math facts program created by our founder Jan Bedell. Both products will work independently, but Rapid Recall System can only upgrade the experience specifically in math.  Click here to learn more about Rapid Recall System (Scroll down to view video.) You can choose one operation at a time or get all four operations.

“The Best Kept Secret In Education – Auditory Processing” is a training tool and for the first time ever is being offered FREE!  Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD. created this guide that works!  Simply by clicking the button below,  you will receive an email with this tool to follow and work with your child. We recommend you take two minutes, twice a day to play the activities explained in the guide - we encourage you to make them fun! You can even play them in the car, while doing chores, etc.  What child doesn’t love the undivided attention with a parent that makes things fun?

Since you’ll be building new neuro-pathways, the time it will take is different for each child. However, we recommend you play the games for a period of four months to make sure you and your child see and experience the positive performance.  (If your child has challenges, special needs or syndromes – it can take longer, but can be very effective in improving their abilities, as well.)  The secret for any child is “In=Put”.

                                                                          CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE GUIDE

                  COUPON CODE:  Free-FBHS                                Add code when you check out

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DON’T MISS DISCOUNTS AT THE CONVENTION

LrnMadEZTODAY!!!  July 16th will be the start of Teach Them Diligently Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas! Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD. will be in the Lonestar A1 Room for her 2:00 pm workshop:

 “Birth to Five – The Most Important School Years”
Little Giant Steps Your knowledgeable guidance in the early years positions your children for a lifetime. Academic abilities results from a good foundation of brain function. Dr. Jan, the Brain Coach, gets you started on the road to success.

Little Giant Steps will be in the exhibit hall at booth 90-907. There will be discounts, drawings, and lots of free resources. Best of all there will be some our staff to talk with you and answer questions.

Please check your schedule as our non-profit sister agency, Steps Of Hope, will be there with excellent resources, Linda Kane, a master level neurodevelopmentalist, and Pastor Alan Bias. Both will have their books available and they, along with Jan, will be giving very helpful and worthwhile workshops Thursday through Saturday.

This convention will be a spiritual highlight to you and your family! See you there!

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