Far-reaching Effects of Ear Infections

Far Reaching Effects of Ear Infections with Dr. Jan Bedell

Ear infections are painful, but who knew the extremely far reaching effects of fluid on the inner ear, which is often the result of ear infections? The Brain Coach, Dr. Jan Bedell, will go through the cascading negative consequences of ear infections.  Children with small ear canals, like many of those with Down Syndrome, are highly susceptible to developmental delays because of this reoccurring illness. Learning challenges, ADD, CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder), tonal processing and other auditory processing issues can result from not having clear input to the brain because of distortions that exist with fluid in the ears.  You can relate to this distortion if you think about how it sounds when you are swimming and you go underwater.  Dr. Jan will explain how this fluid and infection in the inner ear affect development of balance, motor skills, articulation, muscle tone and even eye convergence.  Learn ways to release the ear canal fluid naturally and what to do as a preventative measure to avoid ear infections.

An introductory discussion is also included pertaining to the significance of auditory processing as it relates to a  person’s ability to hold pieces of information together for comprehension, ability to follow directions, read with phonics and more.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with key points from the podcast and links to pertinent resources and discounts.

Healing from Trauma

This week, the discussion focuses on how the brain is resilient and can be healed from the effects of trauma in a person’s life. Dr Jan will be joined by a colleague, Ruth Young. Ruth has been a NeuroDevelopmentalist for 15 years, is a pastor’s wife of 37 years, and an author of many article on the NeuroDevelopmental Approach and a great study guide, Release From Fear. Ruth was a victim of childhood abuse and knows firsthand the healing effects of the NeuroDevelopmental Approach in her own life as well as those in her practice. She will share how this approach can have an amazingly positive effect on those who have suffered traumas from any of the many causes, including adoption, abuse, neglect, fever, surgery, vaccinations, and pre-mature birth to mention a few.

Many families that adopt a child later find that their child behaves oddly or reacts in an overblown way to typical everyday life events that are hard to understand. The brain’s number one responsibility is to keep us alive; it will do anything, even to the point of compromising itself, to accomplish that goal. The good news is that the brain can be regenerated and healthy parts of the brain can take over the function of the damaged part. It just takes specific stimulation to the brain over time to make that happen. In this episode, you will learn some positive steps you can take to help yourself or the people in your life who may have experienced trauma.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with key points from the podcast and links to pertinent resources and discounts.

NeuroDevelopment Can Help Your Child with a Syndrome or Brain Injury

How NeuroDevelopment Can Help Your Child With a Syndrome or Brain InjuryA syndrome is a group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, disorder, or other condition considered abnormal. There is a large range of negative effects in a person’s functional ability with and within each syndrome.

Brain injury can occur from genetic anomalies, birth trauma or accidents at any time during a person’s life. The reason NeuroDevelopment can help your child with a syndrome or brain injury is because the focus is on the root cause of functional or educational challenges.  It helps parents and professionals understand the importance of specific stimulation to the brain to improve abilities.  Whether your child has a brain injury or a syndrome like Charge, Down, Williams, Angelman, Fetal Alcohol or one of the other numerous syndromes identified in the world, there is hope and help for a better life.

Dr. Jan, aka the Little Giant Steps Brain Coach, shares her story about her oldest daughter’s journey from low abilities to significantly improved function, far surpassing the abilities expected of a person with her IQ.  Learn how you can be equipped to home school your child with special needs in a more effective way.

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I Said, “Hold Your Pencil Right!”

I said, "Hold Your Pencil Right!" Handwriting with the Brain Coach.Have you wondered if it is worth the battle to get your children to hold their pencil correctly? An instinct deep inside nags at you about the importance of this skill, but you are so tired of saying, “Hold your pencil right!” Often you are tempted to give up because you are not absolutely sure that it is that important. This week the Brain Coach will share with you why so many children today are struggling to hold their pencil correctly and what you can do to change this situation for your children.

Foundational skills and muscle development in our hands are key to easily holding a pencil or eating utensils correctly. Whether you have a child with a learning struggle (such as dysgraphia), one that is challenged because of a syndrome, one that is typically developing, or one who is gifted, this podcast will provide specific direction on how to make handwriting easier for your child.

Specific instructions and resources are included in this week’s handout with Links to information that I talked about and discount codes are also provided.

Essentials for Spelling

Essentials for SpellingSpelling is an important skill for school and life. Many parents are baffled as to why some of their children are good spellers and others are not.  This seems to occur even when children are taught with the same reading program.  Some educational professionals advocate spelling using a phonetic approach.  The challenge with this line of thinking is that there are several ways to spell many of the English sounds.  For instance, phonetically, you would spell the word for a small ship – boat or bote but only one is the correct spelling.  Phonetically you could spell the pronoun for a girl as hir, hur or her.  All would be correct phonetically. From a NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life’s perspective, one prerequisite to consistently spelling correctly is the ability to visualize (see in pictures).  You also need the skill of visual discrimination, i.e. the ability to see slight differences in very similar words.  The good news is that these foundational skills can be developed and it doesn’t take another spelling curriculum to do it!  In this week’s Brain Coach Tip, Jan Bedell of Little Giant Steps will help you understand these and more foundational skills required to be a good speller. 

The handout attached here will provide key points from the podcast and links to pertinent resources.

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Adopted: Isn’t Love Enough?

Adopted: Isn't Love Enough? from The Brain CoachThank you adoptive parents!  You are all heroes for taking on the challenge of raising adopted children!  You know that heroes go through hard things to get that “hero” recognition and I would dare say that most, if not all of you, qualify as having done hard things. Many of you were prepared for the difficulty that adopted children go through and hoped that love would be enough, especially when the child was adopted at a very young age and sometimes right from the hospital at birth.

Adopted: Isn’t Love Enough?

In this Brain Coach Tip, you will learn what happens to the brain when there is trauma.  All children that are adopted have gone through the trauma of abandonment and rejection at the very least (even if they were adopted at birth) and often much more trauma than that.  When there is trauma, there are chemicals released in the brain to allow the person to stay alive but these chemicals cause damage to the neural circuitry. This damage can cause emotional, behavioral and academic struggles. The good news is that the brain pathways that were damaged can be rebuilt with specific stimulation.  God can do miracles and often does, but typically to regain overall health after trauma, love just isn’t enough. This week, learn about resources that can help you address some of the root causes of these issues to gain a happier, healthier individual. 

The attached handout will provide links to pertinent information and discounts where applicable.

 

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Autism Solutions

Autism SolutionsThe label of autism can strike fear in the heart of any parent.  One of the most confusing aspects of autism is how the level of functional ability can vary to the extremes. This wide array of the effects has caused people to refer to this as a “spectrum disorder” or refer the individual as being on the Autism Spectrum.

If you are anything like I was when I found out my child was developmentally delayed and had a low IQ, you just want to know how to help your autistic child function better. That was my prayer, “how do I help Jenee’ function better, to unlock her fullest potential and not just accept a label as a “life sentence” of the possibilities for her future?” That prayer brought me to The NeuroDevelopmental Approach.  This approach looks for the root causes of the symptoms of any label.  It equips the parents with a plan of activities to address those root causes at home. The result is that the symptoms diminish and sometime fully disappear. 

Autism is a multi-faceted diagnosis that included such symptoms as processing delays and sensory integration dysfunction, as well as metabolic (chemistry of the body) root causes and more.  This podcast will give an overview of these issues and direct you to resources and information to both inspire and equip you to create positive change for the individual in your life that may be on the autism spectrum.  The good news is that it is never too late to help to change a person’s functional ability.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with key points from the podcast and links to pertinent resources and discounts.

Create a Positive Learning Environment, Part 2

Behavior modification is theCreating a Positive Learning Environment topic of many books, ministries and websites, so it can be confusing terrain for parents.  Disciplining children with learning issues or low auditory processing can sometimes be challenging, and take extra thought and attention. But no matter what the state of the child, a behavior management system is necessary to curb the sin nature we were all born with. For your behavior system to be effective it has to do two things: 1) equip you with a way to stay calm and not get “hooked” by the child’s negative behavior, and   2) give the child a reason to be self-disciplined that is so effective that they don’t ever want to suffer the consequence of their negative behavior ever again.  How do you do those things?

My Brain Coach Tip: consider all the reasons for a negative environment that were brought up in and take to heart, pray about and implement the token/grace points economy that is recommended in part 2.

Gone can be the days of counting to three, raising your voice, and still not getting the cooperation that you need.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with specific notes, graphics and examples of what I am talking about in this episode.

 

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Create a Positive Learning Environment – Part 1

Create a Positive Learning Environment with Dr. Jan BedellLiving in a household where the environment is negative is no fun for anyone.  There are many factors that could cause this undesirable situation to be happening in your home.  Some such factors can actually result in symptoms of learning struggles and even labels like ADD, ADHD or dyslexia.  I am not saying your child might need a label – far from it!  You just need to know what the possible causes are and what you as a parent can do to change them. Some of these causes that are affecting your children negatively could be something that you have never thought about and the simple solutions might surprise you!

In part 1 of this message, the Brain Coach will share ways to help metabolic (inner chemistry of the body) and neurodevelopmental issues. Also, you will be equipped with a way to change your interactions with your child from negative to positive. These are some of the first steps to creating a positive learning and home environment. Examples of how to make handwriting, math and reading a more positive part of your school day are included as well.

In part 2, we will tackle how to deal with the negative behavior coming from your child as it pertains to a sin nature we all inherited at birth.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with specific notes from the talk and examples of what I am talking about in this episode.

When Does Homeschool Really Begin? Part 2

When Does Homeschool Really Begin? with The Brain Coach, Dr. Jan BedellThe discussion from part 1 of When Does Homeschool Really Begin? continues as Jan Bedell, the Little Giant Steps’ Brain Coach, leads you through the last stage of brain organization at the cortex level.  The cortex is the thinking part of the brain and is where you interact most with your children.  Be sure to listen to part 1 before continuing to this part as the foundation of brain organization is described there, setting the stage for part 2.  Here in part 2 we delve into specifics of how to give input to those little infant, toddler and preschool brains so life and learning are made easier.  When there are good connections in the brain creating strong pathways, you have the “infrastructure” for great functional ability for a lifetime!

In this episode, discover the three keys to effectively learn anything. In addition, you will be exposed to auditory processing (auditory short term memory) and how this auditory skill is essential for following directions, staying on task, making good decisions by understanding cause and effect and producing the foundational ability to use phonics in the child’s future.  A low auditory processing ability causes the same symptoms that often make parents and professionals suspect and/or label children with ADD and ADHD.  We encourage you to be proactive with your young child and avoid those types of learning challenges as well as reading struggles that are often on the dyslexia checklist. Make sure your little ones progress through all the developmental steps so you can avoid learning struggles and labels in their future.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with notes from this workshop and links to  pertinent information and discounts.

 

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