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Little Giant Steps encourages you to understand what we do from a very different perspective. Life can change dramatically, when connections in the brain that were never developed can be created, developed or repaired. Whether a child or a grown man, as Izidor is now, The Neurodevelopmental Approach, can and does work. If you have friends who have adopted children with issues of attachment, bonding, etc. Please pass this very important article coming from NPR and from the young man who has lived this dramatic life from which we all can learn.
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Please know Little Giant Steps works with learning issues of all kinds. We have experience with adoptive families, fetal alcohol syndrome, brain trauma, cerebral palsy, as well as learning disabilities. We would encourage you to learn more by going to our website and investigate. Please feel free to take advantage of all the many free services and educational information (articles) we offer. God bless.
Little Giant Steps has worked with so many children who were struggling, unhappy, and experiencing defeat at every turn. It’s been amazing to see how they can and will adapt to more positive perspectives when their processing abilities are improved, and they are exposed to positive “spiritual” reinforcement.
“Be Positive” has turned things around for many. One mother stated, “My son LIKES the Be Positive CD; as a matter of fact, he now seems to readily apologize for mistakes/misconduct–something he has NEVER been known to do. While we were talking a couple of weeks ago, he told me that something was “delightful”. (!!!) That sure brightened my day! (Need I point out that he never, ever has been known to say positive things–much less pleasant?!) I have also noted an improvement with willingness to cooperate and in a general sense, there is a slightly noticeable improvement in relationships with people… (Not constant, and not huge–but YAHOO!!) I hesitated to buy this CD because I didn’t want to waste my money, knowing how much my very-negative child would hate listening to it. I’m so glad I was wrong about this one!!! – E. W., Kerrville, TX
All children need to know how very special they are in the eyes of their parents, but also in the eyes of God. This audio CD will positively impact your child’s self-esteem and reaffirm what a wonderful miracle of God they truly are. This CD helps improve self-esteem, self-control, and helps to establish your child’s identity in Christ. Included on this CD are the following: Positive Affirmations, Phone Etiquette, Positive Responses to Situations, Manners, Greetings, Blessings, Self Discipline, and Love Letters from God.
Let your child listen to these tracks over and over again to increase their auditory processing ability and to cement into their heart, mind and soul what a special and unique person God has created. Be sure and stop by The Little Giant Steps booth at the Teach Them Diligently in Nashville (March 20-22), and Dallas (June 26-28).
Jan Bedell,M.Ed., M.ND, founder of Little Giant Steps, will provide knowledge and tools that can assure each parent they can leave her speaking presentations with the ability to improve their child’s learning and academic abilities!
Jan will be speaking at:
Teach Them Diligently Nashville Convention March 20th – 23rd
Teach Them Diligently Dallas Convention June 26th – 28th
For over twenty years the “Brain Coach™” ” has served the home school community, public and private schools by teaching parents and teachers the value of working with the best learning tool we have – the Brain! She’s written curriculum (Rapid Recall System)&(Detailed Reading Comprehension), at-home-programs (Developmental Foundations), and fun neuro-developmental programs (Early Learning Foundations)&(Early Learning Foundations Teacher Manual)-levels 1,2,3. Please visit our store catalog for many more useful tools, aides, and programs.
Be sure and check the schedule of speakers for the conventions in Nashville and Dallas at this website (Teach Them Diligently) and mark her down as someone you won’t want to miss. Oh! Bring a pencil and paper, because you will leave with many tips and ideas to have fun, creative ways to increase processing, memory (short & long-term), and even help them to follow directions, stay on task, be happier and more confident students in their academic abilities! See you at the Teach Them Diligently Conventions in Nashville and Dallas!
Every day the Neuro-Educational Specialists see children, teens, and even adults move from being people who struggle with learning, to folks with confidence, increased comprehension/memory, and faster processing of the information they encounter. It is possible to discover a new ease of learning never dreamed possible. There is no magic. It’s all done by addressing functional issues in the brain. Mostly those developmental steps or stages that may have been missed for a variety of reasons. In the next paragraph I’ll share what a reader expressed about the information we have on our blog. I hope you, too, will join the growing number of people who now know that having learning issues is not a life sentence! It doesn’t matter whether an individual is gifted, typical, or has special needs. Ones potential can be realized with the right application of a Neuro-Developmental/Educational Program. That is Little Giant Step’s specialty! We’ve even created an at-home program for those who desire to make a difference in their children’s lives and it can all be done effectively at home! It’s called: Developmental Foundations. Please investigate, gain knowledge, then commit to making a difference in someone’s life of learning.
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Little Giant Steps (LGS) is here to make a positive difference in peoples lives! Come by and read our helpful articles! They’re FREE! Learn about the ND Approach. We have a full length seminar available on our store! If Dyslexia is a problem, see the training sessions we’ve made for you. If you wish to discover whether your child is processing information at his/her grade level, then order our Free Auditory Test Kit! Or, if you have many questions and would like some answers, then please avail yourself of the Free Survey. Your information will be held in confidence, and reviewed by a Neuro-Educational Specialist and recommendations are emailed back to you for your consideration. Lastly, we offer an opportunity for you to get some questions answered in a live telephone conference call with Jan Bedell, The Brain Coach™. She offers these special times to talk with her every Monday evening between 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. See this link for all the details. I know a FREE LIVE CONSULTATION with Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND, founder of LGS can be of immense help to your child and family! Just get going! Have a blessed day and come back soon!
Little Giant Steps has over twenty years experience in addressing learning issues, especially in math. Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND., has created a program (Rapid Recall System) that has over ten years of successful experience of turning tears over math struggles into smiles, and most importantly, the child’s confidence soars as they discover they are capable of doing math fast, efficient, and with correct answers! The program is not magic, even though most families think so after seeing the vast changes in their child’s potential develop into academic success. The secret is in the specific Neuro-Educational/Developmental techniques utilized and the key to all Neurodevelopmental Approach Programs is in the frequency, intensity, and short duration!
Suggestion: The Neurodevelopmental Approach to academics takes the stress out of academic performance (output) by providing lots of information (input). Have you ever noticed that when you go to check on a child 10-15 minutes after sending them off to do their math, that they are staring off into space or doodling on their paper? The intensity is GONE! It takes intensity to get the brain to recognize the importance of information and store it permanently
Tip #1: Do not send your child into another room to do an entire page of math operations! Those pages may involve new concepts that may not be permanently stored. The struggle kills the motivation to learn and any enjoyment of learning! Take the stress, frustration (your and his or hers) and tears out of your child’s math sessions by spending just 10 to 15 minutes on math, twice a day, for the difference is, you do it with them! Just think about it, you have spent that much time in the past just trying to get them back on track, right? Instead of coaxing them to do something they are not ready for, do every other problem for them while they watch. When there is a new concept, you will do three problems, and then the child will do one similar problem, and then repeat the process for this new concept. Once the child understands a concept, you can gradually work back to doing one problem, and then the child does one similar problem. On all previously learned problems you share them 50/50. Math gets done quickly with great input, input, input! Math struggles are then a thing of the past.
Tip# 2: There is a big difference between understanding math operations and the rote memory of math facts. Children that really know their math facts and don’t have to rely on the time consuming process of counting in the air or on their fingers, enjoy math more. These children can zip through math operations pages with ease. They experience fulfillment of correct answers instead of red circles on their page indicating wrong answers that have to be revisited. Bluh! Consider doing a Free Math Proficiency Assessment to find your child’s current math facts proficiency (email firstname.lastname@example.org with Assessment in the subject line). Give a one minute test as described in the instructions, submit the results and get recommendations as to what can make math easier for your child.
You know that exciting experience where you were sure your child understood a new concept, when the “light bulb” came on? It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? But what happens the next day when he looks at the same concept and says that he’s never seen it before, that you’ve never taught him about that particular thing? Those great feelings sometimes turn to discouragement, especially if it happens repeatedly. You may ask, “Where is all that information going?” You’ll be glad to learn that the problem does not lie with your teaching techniques, nor is it a problem with the curriculum that you have purchased. It is most likely an issue with dominance. Little Giant Steps has been fixing these problems for the last twenty year!
Dominance is a huge determining factor in the brain’s ability to efficiently store information and retrieve it without difficulty. In order for your brain to work well (organized like a well run library), it must be neurologically organized – one side of your brain must dominate and coordinate your visual, auditory and tactile “storage system”. The determination for dominance starts with the hand! Hand dominance is genetically predetermined. This means if an individual is truly left-handed, he would have other left-handed or ambidextrous blood relatives.
It is very important not to encourage a young child’s hand use for things like writing, coloring or drawing. Hand dominance should emerge naturally by the time a child is between three and eight years of age. So if the child is still switching from one hand to the other, simply put everything at the midline of his body and let him choose. Working on lower levels of brain development can also aid in the emergence of the dominant hand. If you go against the genetic grain of the individual, you could be setting them up for struggles throughout their life.
The other elements of dominance involve the eye, ear and foot. If an individual is genetically right-handed it is much more efficient for storage of information if the right ear, eye, and foot are dominant as well. If the individual is genetically left-handed it is best to be completely dominant on the left side (hand, eye, ear and foot). To be dominantly right eared or eyed does not necessarily mean that you have better hearing or vision in your right; it means that your right eye and ear directs which hemisphere of the brain information is stored.
Besides the accurate storage of information, the dominant hemisphere of the brain is responsible for reasoning, analytical thought and logic. When an individual is neurologically organized (dominant all on one side), he has much more access to these vital skills; thus, when retrieving information, it is easily accessible. If an individual is mixed dominant, the sub-dominant ear or eye will file information in the sub-dominant hemisphere. This is part of the brain where music, creativity and emotion reside. Information stored here is much more difficult to access because there’s no filing system for language.
Individuals with mixed dominance are typically more emotional, easily upset and difficult to calm. When they are under stress or pressure they often do not have access to learned information. These are the individuals that do not test well or baffle the parents because they know something perfectly one day, but the next day, they don’t recall ever being presented with the information. This situation can be extremely frustrating for teachers, parents and the child! When a child is frustrated day after day from long-term memory problems, he can develop low self-esteem as well as other emotional and behavior problems. This happens because of the primary use of the sub-dominant (emotional) hemisphere of the brain.
Mixed dominance is where the main use of the eye, ear, foot and hand are not all on the same side. One example might be, a right-handed individual that is left eyed, right eared and mixed footed (sometimes using right to kick or hop and sometimes using left). An individual with this combination of mixed dominance would have visual long-term memory problems but appear to remember things that are said to him. Some symptoms of mixed dominance include: long-term memory problems, inability to stay on task, reading difficulties, number and letter reversals (dyslexic-type symptoms), emotionality, spelling difficulties, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, poor testing ability, and inability to retain previously learned information.
So where is all the information filed when your child is taught specific information? To ensure good access to information and keep those “light bulb” moments coming, make sure you educate yourself on how dominance may be affecting you or your child.
For free information about dominance: http://www.littlegiantsteps.com/webinars/ – Learning Struggles - When the Foundation Needs Repair. The dominance discussion starts about “minute 37” in the presentation but to get the whole picture of brain organization, watch this and other free webinars at the link above.
For written information about dominance and what to do if your child is mixed dominant, read the following article: www.littlegiantsteps.com : Learning Disabilities article is under the “Information” tab. Then click on “Articles.”
As a young mother, it never occurred to me that I’d ever have to “help my son’s brain function better”. I had two very bright sons who were inventive, communicative beyond their years, and were just wonderful! The oldest one started his schooling without a hitch. My second son was a bit of a different story. He had trouble coloring and utilizing his gross and fine motor skills correctly. Then I became aware he wasn’t tracking with his eyes, and as he went into first grade, he was beginning to struggle with all the things he should have been doing with reading, and writing. He was good at coping and compensating, but at times he’d get so discouraged because he wasn’t able to do things his peers were doing, regardless of how hard he tried. I am so thankful we found help. It truly was a turning point for him and his academic abilities. Little Giant Steps, a neuro-educational/developmental consulting and training group has been changing lives of those who struggle with learning issues for over twenty years. They specialize in partnering with parents and helping individuals reach their God-given potential.
WE COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING A NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM
I was one of the lucky parents, I found a Neuro-educational Specialist who tested my youngest son, and wrote an individualized program with both cognitive and physical activities that would stimulate the brain in areas that were lagging in function. The ND Specialist let me know the fact my son had never crawled as an infant was a great interruption of his early neuro-development and as a result he was experiencing functional problems, which he assured me could be remedied. As a matter of fact, I began to see his disorganization disappear right before my eyes! For two years I worked with my son, and by the time he graduated (which all students do, when they are functioning up to or beyond grade-level). The Neuro-developmental Program solved so many issues. My son, who had been diagnosed as Dyslexic, no longer was reversing letters, and could read with the best of his friends. Seeing his gross and fine motor skills come into being was a real delight. He far exceeded all of our expectations academically, as well as in sports. He holds a doctorate degree today. He’s a very successful professional serving his fellow-man. The program I did with my son will serve him throughout his entire life. His brain and body connections became efficient and well organized. His improved processing skills allowed him to succeed in so many areas.
WHAT’S THE REAL SECRET TO SEEING YOUR CHILD’S FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES REACH THEIR POTENTIAL?
It’s getting an evaluation, or doing an “At-Home ND Program”, you will get a program that will work, then you just do the activities. They are not difficult, but may be challenging from a discipline point of view. It’s like developing a habit of doing exercise. The good news is that most activities are required for two minutes, twice a day, for five days a week. The investment of your time will serve your child, teen, or adult for the rest of their life! Consider whether you want to see a successful academic change. If the answer is yes, I’d encourage you to start by submitting the free Survey we provide, review with the Neuro-Educational Specialist, the recommendations for your child, teen or adult. Our website has information about Evaluations, Programs, and Parent Testimonies. Filling out the history form is the first step to setting up an Evaluation. Now just do DO IT!
Little Giant Steps, a neuro-educational/developmental consulting group, exists because we have a passion for seeing children, teens and adults who were plagued with learning issues (diagnosed and undiagnosed) go from struggling to succeeding and surpassing what they or their families ever expected. All this is accomplished by a brain training program that’s been in existence for over forty years. However, it was far ahead of its time, and now through the advancement of technology and science, what we’ve seen in advances in eliminating learning disabilities with our clients, now is proven. The key to these wonderful transformations comes from our brain training programs, curriculum, supplements and tools that organizes the lower levels of the brain. This organization is supposed to happen as a matter of natural development, but typically we see infants being placed in seats, jumpers, and all kinds of gadgets that interrupt the natural path-building to neuro-development.
Jan Bedell, LGS’ Brain Coach TM, started out by changing the life of her own daughter who was mentally challenged, then she became trained as a Neurodevelopmentalist, in addition to her being a certified teacher with twenty years experience. She has a genius-like gift in developing neuro-educational programs, and since 1992 she’s changed the academic lives for thousands. If you would like to know more about Little Giant Steps’ Programs, or need answers about learning issues or disabilities, please join us on Monday evenings at 8:00 pm (CST) for an hour long teleconference. If no one calls in by 8:20, the call is cancelled until the next week. Here is the link to all the information so you can talk personally with her. Remember, there is no charge to speak with her, just the call.
ANOTHER SOURCE OF HELP
Because we realize parents have so many questions about what they can do to help their child achieve academic success, we now have a FREE SURVEY. Fill it out, email it to us, and a Neuro-Educational Specialist will review it and give you a professional review and recommendation free of charge. That’s just one more of our “freebies” to help you start out the New Year. May 2014 be a time of seeing your child, teen, or even yourself experience a turn-around in knowing what it feels like to think in an organized manner, to have increased memory, processing abilities, and a self-confidence beyond your wildest dreams. God bless you.
Learn how to make a huge difference in the ability to follow directions and concentration. By Jan Bedell, M.Ed., M.ND.
In Kindergarten, we learn about the five senses – touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing. As home educators, we must be keenly aware of these senses as they are the inroads to the brain. These senses build pathways in our central nervous system, which keep many of our intricate systems running.
The largest and possibly the most influential sense organ is the skin. The skin has tactile receptors for both light touch and deep touch. The brain’s organization at this critical level affects many abilities in life including: pattern of movement, coordination, special awareness, pencil grasp and much, much more.
Why do you think summer babies develop more quickly than winter babies? Summer babies have more skin exposed! Since an infant’s central nervous system is just a step above a comma at birth, they need intense stimulation of their sensory system. For example, when a babies lies down on carpet, the brain receives information about soft and warm; while lying on tile, the brain receives information about cold and hard and surface irregularities; lying on linoleum or laminate provides cool and smooth sensations; and lying skin to skin provides warmth and comforting touch sensations.
“What?” you may be saying “Put my little bundle on the floor?!” Yes, this is exactly what leading professionals in the field of neurodevelopment are saying; put the child on the floor so the brain can receive the stimulation in needs for proper development.
The following symptoms can occur from an immature tactile system:
- Irritated by tags in clothing, seems in socks, wearing shoes, etc.
- Clothing must be worn either really tight or very loose
- Overly sensitive to textures of clothing and/or food
- Unusually rough when playing with friends
- Avoids being hugged, kissed or even touched
- Gets into other people’s “personal space”
- Clumsy, bumps into things
These tactile sensitivities can cause distractability, attention problems, and an inability to stay on task, which are included on the ADD/ADHD checklist. These tactile inefficiencies can be addressed and eliminated through the Neurodevelopmental Approach.
The good news is that these symptoms can be treated, even in older children and adults. One activity that helps to build the roadways in our tactile system associated with deep sensation is an activity we call, Deep Pressure. Just as we intuitively play “this little piggy…” with an infant’s toes; Deep Pressure is designed to give enough deep touch input to the brain in order to normalize these sensations.
Deep Pressure should be done for 4 minutes, twice a day, for 6 to 8 months. You should press up to the point of pain, starting with the tips of the fingers and working up the arms to the shoulders. Then, press on the toes and work up the leg to just past the knee.
Tactile Stimulation is another activity that helps to normalize hyper sensitivity to touch. Use several pieces of rough and smooth textures like burlap, corduroy, silk, satin, cotton, etc. Gently rub all four limbs for 20 seconds with one of the rough textures and then 20 seconds each with a smooth texture. Do this twice a day for 6 to 8 months and these sensitivities will begin to diminish and most likely disappear completely.