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Can you imagine building a structure such as this one, pictured on the right, if you didn’t pay attention to the foundation? Like anything functional, there must be a logical approach to the beginning of building a skill set. God, in his infinite wisdom, created us to have a period of building that lasts our entire lifetime. He also provided a way to set that building process up, and it is called development. There are natural rules that must be followed in order to have optimum development. Little Giant Steps builds solid foundations upon which the academic lives, successful thinking and living will be built. We are game-changers for those who missed some of those developmental steps, regardless of the reason for it. We are neuro-foundation specialists!
The Foundation Has Massive Wiring
The brain and body must function efficiently together through solid and massive connections in order for us to establish the foundation upon which our five senses are developed and vast functions are built. Our thinking, remembering, and expression of the world and all the experiences we encounter rests on the learning foundations that began on the day we are born and continues throughout our lives. What science has confirmed with the availability of brain scanning technology, is that function can be restored through the use of brain-based stimulation that does, in fact, create new neuro-pathways and can eliminate the symptoms of learning disabilities by “developing” a stronger and bigger foundation with strong and vital connections. The brain is 97% connections and 3% cell bodies. When there is trauma, deprivation of stimulation, absence of activities that produce the required developmental cues for normal growth and development; we result in having gaps – unseen gaps in our abilities to function successfully in the academic setting or in learning.
What Does Little Giant Steps Do?
Essentially, we are foundation builders. When a child is struggling with learning, or is noticed to be slightly off the normal developmental track, parents notice. In school, teachers notice, but no one typically is quite sure what to do about it. If more people would know that these deficits can typically be easily remedied; they’d do something about it. It is my hope and prayer that more people will hear our message and will be encouraged to investigate the Neuro-Educational Approach. It’s a natural way to intervene in problems areas. No drugs are needed, because we work with what God created ~ the neuro-plasticity of the brain. Our articles are an excellent resource to start in learning, gaining skills, and most importantly, to do something to help your child. Read them, please. We also have DVDs if you prefer to learn from videos on our store..
If A Child Shows These Signs, Then Let’s Get Their Problem Solved
- Is your child seems smart, but can’t seem to be successful in school?
- Are you seeing inconsistent recall from a “bright” child?
- Does your child seem to know something one day, but not the next?
- Is he or she able to carry out directions without getting all confused?
- Is your child messy and seems not to have any sense of organization?
- Does your child consistently do things but rarely completes them or even knows they are incomplete?
- Does your child lack logical thinking ability?
- Is your child unable to stay on task?
There are many signs and symptoms that goes along with a disorganized brain, low processing ability (auditory & visual), and mixed dominance. These are the things we can fix by addressing the foundational dysfunction. To see how we go about doing that please check out our evaluation services and read the articles: “Learning Disabilities” and The Neurodevelopmental Approach. Then look at the positive results of our programs in the lives of many children and their families.
Stop the struggling. Investigate our approach to solving their dilemma. Set them free so they and you can discover their true potential. It’s there, but the wiring is not quite working efficiently. Little Giant Steps can fix that.
Parents seek our neuro-educational services due to many and varied learning and behavioral issues. Some recognize learning delays or struggles. Other things are more subtle or sometimes not so subtle unique behaviors, such as a child’s continual encroachment of other people’s space, or attention-seeking behavior when a parent or teacher becomes occupied. It’s true, there are times that these behaviors are just a part of early development, but when these types of behaviors persist beyond three, then it may be time to have them checked out. Little Giant Step’s modality of working with the root causes through the neuro-educational assessment, deals with looking at the dysfunction or inappropriate function and deals with it by exploiting the part of the brain that is capable of “changing function”. This feature in the brain that lends itself to our type of intervention is called “neuroplasticity”. Through stimulating brain- based activities to address gaps in the natural development, the child, teen or even adult’s negative, odd, or disruptive behavior can changed or be left behind. It’s amazing how improving the lower levels of brain organization, increased auditory and visual processing, dealing with dominance issues can dramatically change an individual’s life-long interactions for the better! Time and time again we see behavior improving and levels of maturity becoming more appropriate. Here’s a note from a mother on this matter:
“Kaden has settled down a bit and here’s some really good news. We spent over three hours getting our cell phones changed out the other day and he didn’t do any of the personal body space invasion or intense attention getting activities he usually does. He was just your typical bored 9 year old boy. Woop woop! Thanks for everything LGS!!” Blessings, Sandi
Sometimes the holiday season is so full of “busyness” we can easily overlook those within our family who are silently struggling and feeling alone. We, at LGS, are very aware of those who try to communicate, solve problems, remember information and daily suffer minor failure of trying and never able to make things come out right. We have observed children, teens and adults who have struggled daily, and also know that when taken into account over a sustained period of time, has silenced them. Many feel isolated and alone.
Little Giant Steps offers a promise of a better life experience when it comes to improving academics, short term memory, processing and comprehension of information. We’ve worked with thousands of children and families over the past two decades. We know that with intervention through our Neuro-Educational Programs and Professional Evaluations a new world of success and self-confidence can develop right before your eyes, regardless of age or I.Q.
If you desire to see a change in your, your child’s or even your parent’s future, and want to know what it is like to no longer be alone in the forest of life, then please read our free articles on our website. Investigate how those who made the decision to make their lives better have achieved greater success than they dreamed possible.
If you need information on specific areas, please click on these links: Testing / Evaluations
3. Children Who Are Smart But Struggling (Home Program)
4. Adult Memory & Brain Training (Home Program
We hope for a very Merry Christmas Season for you and those you love.
Each of us is born with tremendous potential. A well functioning tactile system is imperative for receiving information and taking that potential to the next level, which will then be transmitted into producing intentional movement (crawling, walking, running, etc.). Movement makes “memories” which causes the circuitry that releases intelligence. There is tremendous brain growth in the early years and unless the brain cells are connected through neuropathways that are built early, they can be lost. It is a use it or lose it scenario. Early development is like building a house, you have to have a good foundation in order for everything else to function properly. The good news for an older individual is that even if these pathways are immature or incomplete, they can be rebuilt with proper stimulation.
In recent decades, our society has become very mobile; with most families having two cars and the convenience of air travel, society as a whole is living farther and farther away from extended family members. Neuro-educational specialists believe this separation from the extended family has caused many erroneous beliefs about child rearing to emerge.
MYTH #1: Babies should be on a blanket if placed on the floor.
TRUTH: As stated in an earlier newsletter, the tactile input to the brain would be limited by the blanket. In addition to that, have you ever seen an infant try to crawl (tummy on floor) while lying on top of a blanket? They just get all tangled up and frustrated because they can’t get anywhere.
MYTH #2: Infant seats are a necessity! When an infant is sitting in an infant seat, they somehow seem more human; i.e., it is easier to see their faces and for them to see you and they seem happier.
TRUTH: The best place for an infant is on their tummy on the floor. ON the floor in a prone position (on the tummy) is where they build the muscles for sitting alone and walking.
MYTH #3: Walkers are a great way to prepare the child for walking alone.
TRUTH: If a child does not go through the stages of tummy crawl and creeping on hands and knees for a long enough period of time, a ripple of adverse effects will occur. Gross motor coordination, organizational abilities and eye-hand coordination are just a few of the areas that could be adversely affected.
MYTH #4: The more gadgets, i.e. Johnny jump ups, fancy walkers, play pens, etc., I put my child in the better.
TRUTH: The more time a child spends in these gadgets, the less time the child spends on the floor, which means less opportunity for the brain to be organized at the lower levels. Lower level development is the foundation upon which all other development is built.
I encourage you to get your infants out of these gadgets and put them on the floor for lots of tummy time. www.littlegiantsteps.com
As we approach the fall, a season of getting new things underway, there can be lots of stress. Today I want you to concentrate on putting a very important natural “leveling” device in place to help you to renew and balance yourself! It’s called laughter. A household that deals with learning disabilities can never have enough laugher.
As a very wise friend told me, “ Are you laughing a lot? Watch some comedies to release lots of dopamine. Hug lots of people to release lots of oxytocin. Sing hymns/spiritual love songs because God hears the praises of His own! Where God is, there His healing virtue flows!
Yes, even we need to be healed of stressful situations, challenges and unexpected work that will land on our doorstep from time to time. Norman Cousin’s statement, “Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.” So, let the fresh air in and lighten your load. Give yourself an opportunity to laugh each day. Laughter is good medicine for every inch of you and others will sincerely appreciate you being an “added blessing” to their lives.
After having been exposed to the Neuro-Educational Programs for more than 25 years and witnessed some pretty amazing successes; I’ve not only been surprised in my own son’s life, but in the lives of children with labels ranging from ADD, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, PDD, Sensory Disorder, Dysgraphia, Cerebral Palsy, Mentally Challenged, Special Needs and others.
So how can one program help so many different aspects of difficulty? It has to do with the breadth of the program and the fact all is geared to addressing root causal areas of the brain. We know from years of experience if the developmental steps were not completed during the early years of development, then the neurological inefficiencies are the unifying functional behavior that shows up with different accompanying symptoms. It is through symptoms that learning issues are diagnosed. The Neuro-Educational System addresses a broad spectrum of core functions. Those functional areas that present as lagging through the course of the evaluation are exposed and appropriate brain-based techniques are indicated. These activities bring wholeness to under-developed areas whether it be due to disease, trauma, or sensory deprivation as an infant or toddler. If vital developmental steps were not taken, such as receiving stimuli from being on the infant’s tummy, then the natural way of mapping the brain and growing connections between the mind and body are circumvented from occurring. Without gaining the ability to crawl and developing good cross patterning abilities leaves many children in a less than desireable state where learning is concerned. The good news is that children with learning disabilities can be effectively dealt with and the symptoms of the learning disability can be eliminated and re-mediated so the child can become successful and the shadow of low performance and struggle simply is no longer a component of their life.
Follow this link. Take the time to learn, first hand, how other parents and their children have succeeded in overcoming what seemed like a life sentence of always struggling academically. Discover the real key to educational success ~ neuro-efficiency!
My son Will was officially diagnosed with dysgraphia in the 7th grade by a public school diagnostician. He had a post-high school vocabulary and reading level but wrote like a 3rd or 4th grader. He was told that he would never be able to take notes on lectures because it would take too long for his brain to process what he heard and then put it down on paper. Once he wrote something down, it was predicted he would miss one or two of the next points taught!
Will appreciated the label because it was the first time in his life that he believed the learning problems were not his fault. Suddenly, he could believe he was smart and that there was help available to get him through school with coping and compensating strategies. On the other hand, I felt like the diagnosis was a terrible thing. Would he always struggle in school? Would he not be able to go to college? Would he be unable to get a good job to support a family?
Shortly after we learned of Will’s disability I was helping to lead a prayer group in the home of Jan Bedell. When I asked her if she had a job, she explained that she worked with children who struggled with learning. I asked her if she was familiar with the term “dysgraphia.” She shrugged her shoulders as she walked casually into the kitchen saying, “Oh, that’s just because of a disorganized brain.” My jaw dropped to the floor. The “death sentence” my son received seemed to be an easy thing for this lady to understand and to fix!
Within a few months Will had an evaluation and two of his sisters and I went on program to improve our brains. It was a busy four years that followed of doing what seemed like crazy activities. I say it like this because in all my training for a Texas teaching certificate and in all my 15 years of teaching in public, private and home schools I had never heard of neurodevelopment. Nobody had ever taught me about the brain and how to make it work better so learning could be easier.
Today, Will is a successful upper classman at McMurry University in Abilene and his two sisters are making straight As with an extraordinary online high school called College Preparatory Academy. My brain is working better, too, because now my closets and cabinets are organized, I can remember a 7 digit phone number and I only rarely lose my keys or sunglasses.
You ask, “Could my child have dysgraphia?” At Little Giant Steps we say “no” to labels and “yes” to hope. We don’t focus on the learning disabilities or assume they can’t be remedied. Instead, through an evaluation process and an individualized neurodevelopmental program we help our clients build new nerve pathways so their brains work better. [It's called neuro-efficiency.] Carefully chosen physical activities target strategic parts of the brain to improve organization. Clients play auditory and processing games to increase their short term memory that results in global maturity for children. For adults these games help keep the mind sharp. As brain function improves, learning gets easier.
Where does one begin to share about one of the greatest gifts God has given our family? Little Giant Steps 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 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 hippocampus 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 Alyssa’s administrative gifts.