"When I was asked to use one word to describe our experience with Little Giant Steps, I said, “Victorious”; my daughter said, “life-changing”. Our very first visit to the LGS appointment with Jan Bedell was somewhat overwhelming for all of us. My husband came along, at my urging and for support. I knew we really needed him to be on board with this. (It’s harder for dads to see some of the “issues” kids have as they don’t spend as much “school time” with them. Convincing him has taken a few years.) The other reason I needed hubby along was due to the investment, we really needed him on board financially. I would have to say that cost is the only negative experience we had. It was so expensive, but so worth it.
So to this appointment we headed with trepidation: a skeptical dad, a scared and losing hope mom, and a little eight year old girl that was defiant and defeated, as up to this point nothing else had helped. She was smart enough to know that something was “different” in the way she learned and felt. We survived and headed home overwhelmed, but willing.
We worked really hard and made a little progress at our second evaluation, and then about halfway to our third evaluation something happened in Daniela. She realized that the program was really working. She felt changes taking place and began to get on board with it and with a better attitude. By the way, the behavior modification program, Token Economy, really works too!
She was a different child as she walked in to the third evaluation 10 months later. Her processing increased a solid point in every area, her math score dramatically changed 2.7 points, word recognition was improved from 2.4 to 3.3 and even comprehension increased from 2.5 to 3.2. By her fourth evaluation she was totally on board. By the fifth and final evaluation she strutted in to Jan’s office, though nervous to do her best on the test, she was confident, positive and a total advocate of the Neurodevelopmental Approach of Little Giant Steps.
This little girl has changed so much, in so many ways. But the best change is seeing her encouraged and not defeated any more. Mom has gained all hope back and dad is so pleased with the progress she’s made. He says, “It’s all been worth it, to see her change and be positive and confident in all areas has been amazing.” Big sister said, “She’s really growing up, she’s turned into a buddy! She used to be really hard to be around!” Others have noticed, too.
We didn’t know where the money would come from to pay for the program, but God was faithful to provide it. But that’s just like Him! And Jan always had a nugget or two for mom’s spiritual growth along the way, but that was just an added bonus God blessed us with. LGS is an amazing program that has completely and thoroughly changed our lives. I will tell anyone who will listen – do this for your children who need it, they are worth the investment. Take the year or two that it takes and work really hard, do the program, make the time!! It was the best gift I could’ve ever given to my sweet girl. She now feels worth it also, it has given her a new lease on life.
She was not the only one to change, the mom that sat on the couch waiting for her parent conference at the very last evaluation was also quite different. No longer hopeless, I was at peace and full of hope and courage for her future. It is a battle, but we can face, fight and beat it; this process has proven that. Thank you, Jan, for all the work and research that’s gone in to this awesome program."
On LGS program from October, 2009 to July 2011