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Why Little Giant Steps Exists



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 


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.


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



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!

Winners From Iowa Home School Convention!

AndTheWinnersAre[1]Little Giant Steps is delighted to announce our winners of gift certificates given to two lucky winners at the Iowa Home School Convention!

Our first winner for this year’s convention in Iowa was Jen Crittenden!  She had her choice of products.

The second winner was Dale Gamache!  Congratulations to each one of you!

We so appreciate the opportunity to meet all those who came by our booth in the Exhibit Hall! This year we had the largest group of people. We were blessed to minister to so many families and help them find a way to improved learning abilities for their children! In fact, the team sent pictures of a booth full of people one hour “after” the hall was to close!  Thanks to everyone!!




Don’t Miss The Great Deals!

RRS-1This Thursday through Saturday, Little Giant Steps will have great deals at our booth (P121 – periphery-hallway booth) at the Iowa Homeschool Convention at the Airport in Des Moines, Iowa!  Just one of those good deals is Rapid Recall System, a proven math-facts program that establishes the vital math foundation that will last a lifetime!  But, don’t just take my word for it, read what parents and teachers are saying about this product:

“My daughter had a very difficult time ‘getting’ her math facts. We tried a lot of different approaches but nothing worked. Still searching, we tried the Rapid Recall System. Somehow, she began to know her facts before we studied them! I am so impressed and thankful for Rapid Recall. I recommend it to everyone with elementary students!” - S. Phillips, Houston, Texas

 After a research project conducted in a public school – West Texas Elemetary, Stinnett, TX, here’s what the teacher had to say:

“After 18 years of teaching, I finally found a math facts system that works! Even my lower level students flourished. The Rapid Recall System was so easy to use—and it only took seven minutes a day! At the end of the year the test scores proved that the students had retained their math facts. This is a fantastic product!”  - Tanda Trussell West Texas Elementary, Stinnett, Texas 

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LGS Heads To Iowa Convention


Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD and the LGS Dream Team will be bringing educational tools, curriculum, and consultative support to parents who desire to see their children discover their real learning potential and improved functional abilities. On-the-hours talks are available for those who stop by our booth: (In the periphery exhibit- hallway) P121 in addition to available Freebies . The most often asked questions  are:

  • “Can you help my child read?”  ~ Yes.
  • “My child is smart, but is not succeeding in school, can you help?”  ~ Yes.
  • “Can Brain Training make a significant difference in their learning ability?” ~ Yes.
  • “My son can’t seem to retain what he’s taught from one day to the next, can that be fixed?” ~ Yes.
  • “My child can’t pay attention, therefore he’s not doing well in school, can you help him?” ~ Yes.
  • We will have our associates in our booth every hour the convention is going, so stop and ask your questions.

Join our team at the Iowa Conference. Dr. Jan will be having workshops on:

  • Friday, June 12th – 9:30-10:30 am: “Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD: There is Hope For Change” 3rd Floor, Rm: 396
  • Friday, June 12th – 1:00-2:00 pm: “Strengthening the Foundation: Sensory Issues that Effect Learning”  3rd Floor, Rm: 396
  • Saturday June 13th – 2:30 – 3:30 pm: “Foundation for Learning Styles”  1st Floor, Rm: Ambassador
  • Saturday June 13th – 4:00 – 5:00 pm: “Positive Learning Environments”  1st Floor, Rm: Boardroom



7-9 Minutes A Day ~ Proven Math Facts Program

RRS Graph1“After 18 years of teaching, I finally found a math facts system that works! Even my lower level students flourished. The Rapid Recall System was so easy to use—and it only took seven minutes a day! At the end of the year the test scores proved that the students had retained their math facts. This is a fantastic product!”
- Tanda Trussell West Texas Elementary, Stinnett, Texas.         This double blind study was done in West Texas Elementary School.

“My daughter had a very difficult time ‘getting’ her math facts. We tried a lot of different approaches but nothing worked. Still searching, we tried the Rapid Recall System. Somehow, she began to know her facts before we studied them! I am so impressed and thankful for Rapid Recall. I recommend it to everyone with elementary students!” 
- S. Phillips, Houston, Texas



Specials and Sessions at Sandusky, OH

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Sessions by Dr. Jan Bedell PhD.:
Friday, April 29th:

9-10 am – Rm: Kalahari Ballroom Salon A

3-4 pm –  Rm:  Sagewood   “FOUNDATIONS FOR LEARNING STYLES (More than Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic)”











Do You Know How To Unlock Your Child’s Potential?

DiscovAcademEducation retained happens when the developmental foundations are strongly in place. Today we see smart kids struggling with concepts, memory, and inability to attend. Dr. Jan Bedell, PhD. shares the key to unlocking learning potential, eliminating labels and dysfunctional symptoms. Be sure to check the workshop schedule when at the upcoming conferences in Sandusky, OH, DesMoines, IA, Dallas, TX and Woodlands, TX.  Little Giant Steps has been helping families discover how to leave those learning issues behind, and see their children’s God-given potential become a reality with improved academic success!  Or contact Little Giant Steps or call us at 972-758-1260.