1. How do I know if an individual evaluation is right for my situation?   Answer...

2. What are the evaluation fees?   Answer...

3. Why must I order and watch the NeuroDevelopmental Approach DVD?   Answer...

4. Does the entire History Form need to be completed before an individual evaluation can be scheduled?   Answer...

5. How do I submit my History Form?   Answer...

6. Should tests or assessments that have been completed by other entities outside of Little Giant Steps be submitted along with the History Form?   Answer...

 

7. How is my evaluator selected?   Answer...

8. What can I expect on the day of the evaluation?   Answer...

9. What can I expect after my evaluation?   Answer...

10. What is an Individualized NeuroDevelopmental Program?   Answer...

11. How is training for my Individualized NeuroDevelopmental Program Provided?   Answer...

12. What type of support will I have while on program?   Answer...

13. How much time will program activities take each day?   Answer...

14. How long can I expect for the participant to be on a Brain Training Program?   Answer...

15. Should I expect to see improvement right away?   Answer...

16. What type of activities will be on the Individualized Brain Training Program and what areas will they improve?   Answer...

1. NeuroDevelopmental programs designed through individual evaluations have proven successful for individuals of all ages including these issues:

The individual evaluation is the best option for those who can travel to one of our evaluation sites and are committed to working program activities five days each week for two to four hours each day

  • Accelerated or Gifted

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Adopted and Traumatized

  • Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Autism

  • Bipolar

  • Developmentally Delayed

  • Distractible

  • Down Syndrome

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyscalculia

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Hyperactive

  • Learning Disabled

  • OCD

  • PDD-NOS

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Typical

  • And many more…

 

2. Evaluation Pricing

ADDITIONAL FEES:

NeuroDevelopmental Supplies: Many of the NeuroDevelopmental materials you will need to implement your program can be handmade; however, we have found that the majority of our clients prefer the convenience of purchasing these materials ready-made. The cost of these materials for an initial program is typically between $100.00 and $200.00 per family member and varies per individual. Re-evaluation supplies are typically less.

Trimester Policy: Services are offered on a trimester basis (every 4 months). Monthly payments continue even if you vary from the recommended trimester schedule (an evaluation every four months).

Returned Check Fee: A $30.00 processing fee will be charged for checks returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds. Payment for a returned check must be received in the form of cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card.

Little Giant Steps accepts cash or checks.  If using a card:  Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express and PayPal payment can be made through our secure online store.

 **All Evaluation fees paid to Little Giant Steps are non-refundable.

 

3. Over the last two decades several reasons have surfaced pointing to the importance of watching the DVD before an evaluation:

  1. Families that have educated themselves about this approach before starting on program are more successful overall.

  2. Time spent in the parent consultation is focused on the individual instead of education for parents about what the results mean.

  3. The test results are more understandable and easily conveyed to other family members which increases success through extended family support.

  4. Confidence is built for the program in which the family is embarking.

In light of this, we have made it a prerequisite to watch The NeuroDevelopmental Approach DVD by Jan Bedell prior to scheduling the initial evaluation. Order the two-hour presentation on DVD from our web store. Ordering and/or currently watching the DVD before sending in your history form for an evaluation is required.

 

4. The seven day food diary does not have to be completed before the History Form is submitted.  Please bring the food diary on the day of your evaluation if you do not submit it with the History Form packet.

 

5. You may mail, e-mail or fax your completed History Form along with a photograph of the client (electronic pictures are welcomed and appreciated). 

Mailing Address:

Little Giant Steps

P.O. Box 863624

Plano, TX 75086

E-mail:  evalinfo@LittleGiantSteps.com

Fax:  972.325.4119

 

6. Please feel free to submit electronic copies of any tests completed outside of Little Giant Steps.  This is not necessary but the information, at times, can be helpful to the program writer.  If the participant has been involved with other NeuroDevelopmental programs in the past, information for any prior program activities is appreciated so a more thorough program can be designed.

7. We are very careful in selecting the best evaluator for each client based on location, age and information given on the History Form.  Because of this, complete information is important to include on the History Form.

 

8. 

  • Your individual evaluation will take two to three hours.

  • Please plan to arrive at the evaluation site 10 minutes early.

  • The first portion of the evaluation is spent assessing the program participant and the second portion consist of a parent or adult participant consultation.

  • Child care is not available so please plan to bring another adult with you to the evaluation to supervise any children that would need assistance of any kind during the parent consultation.

  • If we are evaluating a child, some of our evaluators prefer to not have the parents present in the room as children often respond differently with their parents present. If you are uncomfortable with this you may request to remain in the room but we ask that you would silence any electronic devices and remain as quiet as possible during the evaluation so as not to distract the child or evaluator.

 

9. Within 7 to 10 days after your initial evaluation your Individualized NeuroDevelopmental Program (INP) will be ready.  Your evaluator may also choose to begin a temporary program immediately following the initial evaluation. You will receive an automated email from our Individualized NeuroDevelopmental Program (INP) website when your program is ready.

A parent support representative will contact you within 7 days of your initial evaluation. You will begin to receive weekly encouraging e-mails from this support person as well.

 

10. An Individualized NeuroDevelopmental Program (INP) is a set of activities designed specifically for the client based on the results of the evaluation and input from the parents.

  • The length of the program is based on the family’s available time and circumstances. For best results, plan for at least two hours a day, five days each week.

  • The program is designed to specifically address inefficiencies in neurological development: visual and auditory perception, tactile sensitivity and perception, mobility, manual function, speech and language, social development, behavior, and academics.

  • The program of activities is designed to influence cortical hemispheric dominance for better long term memory, increase processing for short term memory, encourage lower level brain organization for coordination and organized thought as well as supply techniques to enhance academic subjects.

 

Home school families may request a complete home school program. Programs can also be designed to supplement the curriculum of a private or public school.

 

The program of activities is a recommendation only and is not a medical, therapeutic or psychological prescription. Plans are based on the experience of the Neuro-Educational Specialist and represent our suggestions to the family. Every parent must make his/her own decisions as to which specific techniques and methodologies they wish to utilize with the child.

 

11. The parents or individuals who will be carrying out the program of activities will be trained how to perform these activities by watching video clips or reading information on the Little Giant Steps INP website. Your program will be available to be viewed on the website for 30 days which is typically more than enough time to learn each of the activities.  If you need to view your program beyond 30 days you may reactive your program for $10.00 on the Little Giant Steps store.

 

12. During the four months between evaluations, a Little Giant Steps support person is available by e-mail and phone to help families be successful in making lasting changes in their child’s life.  If there are any concerns with your program activities, your support person is there to assist you.  Expect contact from your support person within 7 days of your initial evaluation.  

 

13. Little Giant Steps NeuroDevelopmental activities are generally implemented 5 days per week with a small number of exceptions. For best results please plan to work on activities two or more hours per day. This does not require a consecutive block of time and some activities can be done independently or with casual observance.

 

14. 18 months is an average time for many individuals to be on program. Each case is unique so times vary.  Individuals with more significant concerns can anticipate a longer participation time. 

 

15. Changes vary with each individual.  Some individuals will notice substantial improvements within six to twelve weeks while others will notice a decline before the improvements are seen.  This decline in function resembles a remodeling project that looks worse before it looks fabulous.

Please see the comments below from families who have worked through a NeuroDevelopmental program with their child.

"We did not. Things actually got worse for a while – lots more emotionality, temper flares, confusion. But after about one month, everything settled down and we saw improvement. It was rough at first, but we are glad that we stuck with it. R. R. 4/01 

Within just one week after starting program, our son (moderately autistic, severe language delay) was stimming noticeably less (particularly with doors and light switches) and engaging more appropriately in play. He is also much less ticklish on his feet and around his neck. This makes it so much easier to put shirts and socks on!!!" E. R. 4/01

"Our 13 year-old son has been on program for nine months, so far. We saw a “settling down” for the first two weeks, then we saw utter chaos and confusion. I doubted whether I would survive the dramatically increased emotionality, inappropriate behavior, skittishness, tactile sensitivity, and belligerence. (I wasn’t sure I would survive my own increased emotionality!) Within four weeks, however, we started seeing some good improvement and within two months, He began to see some good improvement."

J. R. 5/01

 

16. There are several different categories of activities which will make up the participant’s Individualized Brain Training Program. They are as follows:

Gross Motor Activities

These activities will be similar to Physical Education activities.  Some families even call these activities P.E.  The benefits of these activities include improving:

  • overall brain organization

  • organization of thoughts

  • concentration, memory and learning

  • correct interpretation of the sense of pain

  • appropriate behaviors

  • improves bonding and attachment

  • enhances the interpretation of social signals

  • develops/repairs central nervous system

  • awareness of body in space (proprioception)

  • better balance and coordination

  • the sensory system

  • endurance

  • muscle tone

  • and much more…

 

Fine Motor Activities

The focus of these activities is to increase finger dexterity and cortical opposition. The benefits of these activities include improvements in:

  • strength in index finger and thumb

  • cortical opposition for pencil grasp

  • handwriting and fine motor development

  • extensor muscles for improved hand strength

 

Tactile Activities

The goal of these activities is to normalize the sensory system in order for the individual to sense their environment correctly.  The benefits of these activities include improving:

  • orientation of where you are in space (proprioception)

  • the sense of pain perception

  • the brain body connection

  • cortical opposition for pencil grasp

  • the sense of light touch

  • the sense of tastes and textures

  • the sense of smell

 

Auditory Processing and Function

Normalizing auditory function and increasing auditory processing are imperative for efficient learning to take place. The benefits of these activities include improving:

  • auditory short term memory

  • attention span

  • ability to follow directions

  • phonetic utilization

  • reading comprehension

  • listening comprehension

  • maturity level

  • conceptual thinking which helps with activities such as math word problems

  • tonal processing

  • timing rate

 

Visual Processing and Function

Enhancing visual function and visual processing is an essential part of learning.  Benefits are seen in the following areas with improved:

  • eye contact

  • eye convergence

  • eye tracking which facilitates reading with speed and accuracy

  • visual discrimination

  • visual short term memory

  • visualization skills which help with spelling and math

 

Academic Techniques

Presenting academic information frequently with much intensity and in short durations is a key to efficient learning.  NeuroDevelopmental Brain Training Programs contain helpful techniques allowing you to present information with these three important keys to learning.  Improvement can be anticipated in the following areas:

  • Math skills

  • Reading skills

  • Writing skills

  • Spelling skills

  • Study skills

  • Attention skills

 
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