Brain Plasticity- God’s Special Gift

Brain Plasticity - God's Special Gift

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, information about how the brain functioned was based on what scientists could observe.  The general consensus was that the brain was hardwired by the time you were an adult. In other words, it was believed you were stuck with what you had if you were past 20 years old.   As technology advanced and we could see inside the brain with MRI’s and other scans, it was confirmed that the brain changes all throughout life thus confirming there really is brain plasticity.  This will totally make sense to you if you have known someone that had a stroke that included paralysis, loss of speech or other poor functional abilities.  If after a time of therapy, the person gains function, the brain has changed.  This is an example of the brain’s plasticity in action.

What science now confirms with technology is what neurodevelopmentalists have known for years.  The brain changes and grows based on the stimulation that the person’s brain receives. When the stimulation is specific and targeted, the change in function can be dramatic.

The neural pathways in the brain are like roadways on a map.  When there are more roads on the map, there are more options on how to reach a certain location. With a choice of route, you can quickly choose the fastest, easiest way.  Everyone is happier if it takes less time, less fuel and less frustration.  If the brain pathways are increased, the same type of thing happens in the brain as on a road way.  The function of the individual is more efficient, which saves both time and energy.

Listen in as the Brain Coach helps you understand the important principle of stimulation through frequency, intensity and duration.  This principle can help your loved one function better in life!

 

 


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Let’s Fix It! The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life

Let's Fix It! The Neurodevelopmental Approach for LiveBeing a mom of a child with involved developmental issues, Jan knows first-hand the feeling of wanting to “fix it.”  The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life is dynamically effective for changing the structure of the brain so individuals move through life more efficiently.

If your child has symptoms of or the documented labels of ADD or ADHD, this approach offers ways to improve the brain’s ability to function.  It can help a person to stay on task and follow directions by stopping the tactile misfiring in the brain. It is this misfiring that makes it hard for these individuals to maintain focus and not be overloaded by sensory input.

What if your child, or maybe even you, has issues similar to what you have read regarding dyslexia? The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life has the capacity to “fix” the glitches in the brain that represent the root causes of these symptoms.  Often low auditory or visual processing play a part in this label.  A large majority of these issues are also caused by mixed dominance, eye tracking and teaming challenges, and lower level brain disorganization.

When there are more severe issues like autism, OCD, PPD, all types of syndromes, developmental delays, or low IQ, The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life can still provide just as much help. Enhanced function is possible.  Often metabolic challenges are a significant part of what families are dealing with in these instances.  Jan will give you suggestions about this area as well.  There are some scientific breakthroughs you really need to know about!

This week the Brain Coach will help you to know how to get started on that road to better function through neurodevelopmental products and programs.  Discover where to start and move toward fixing the glitches that are keeping your loved ones from reaching their full potential.

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Navigating Special Needs Home Schooling

Navigating Special Needs HomeschoolingDo you sometimes feel alone in your quest to educate your child with special needs?  This week, you will enjoy hearing from a mom that has walked through difficult times with her two boys, each with very different special needs.  She will share how God was faithful to send her help and support along the way.

When your children struggle, the challenges of life seem magnified.  When you can share your concerns with someone that has walked in similar shoes, wisdom flows, and you can relax in the journey knowing that God is there for you.  When you have the knowledge of The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life, the thrill of progress for your children will keep you and them moving in a positive direction.  There really are answers to your questions that will assist you in helping your children. The Word says to seek and you will find.  I believe God has salvation for us in every area of our lives.

Michelle will share her journey from despairing mom of a child with pervasive developmental delays to victorious mom of the same child that has gone far beyond all prognosis given by other professionals.  Along with learning how to help her first child, she also learned how to release her second child from a teenager in the bonds of ADD medications to successful adult without meds. Her experiences make Michelle God’s perfect choice to support families on the Little Giant Steps’ programs.   You really don’t have to do it alone.

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Strategic School Start

Strategic Homeschol Start

It happens every year. Summer draws to a close and plans are made for the start of a new school year.  Teachers, young and old, experienced and first timers, get a great sense of anticipation about the prospects the new year holds.

In this episode, Jan Bedell, the Little Giant Steps’ Brain Coach, will help you to see what is really important in your homeschool.  She will share how to stay on track with your purpose and vision and not get blindsided by an enemy that wants you to get frustrated and give up.

This week, you will hear how to ease into the year without shocking everyone.  When you start slow and build momentum it works better than trying to sprint from day one after being off for the summer break. Regardless of the age of the student, small adjustments can be made as you build to full use of curriculum for all ages instead of trying to get it all accomplished in the first week and coming away from the experience defeated or discouraged.  You know what they say about the best laid plans.  They most often go astray.

Also included this week will be specific tips for children that might be struggling with reading, math or math facts. Of course, alongside these, suggestions about how to use the key components of The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to help all those little brains function better will be included. Whether you have children who are gifted, typically developing, or challenged with learning labels and struggles, there is something here for you.  As a bonus, if you are a mom that tends to be a perfectionistic or compare your home school program or results to other home schoolers there are life-changing recommendations for you.

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

Answered Prayer – A Mother’s Answer For Her Struggling Child

Answered Prayer - a Mother's Answer for her Struggling Child Have you ever felt like there was a glass ceiling above your head and prayers just weren’t being heard?  Have you ever experienced God’s divine intervention where you just knew it was Him and there were results to prove it?  Come, listen, and be inspired by a God that moves mountains for moms. On this podcast, we will share one particular story of a mom whose adopted daughter had a great many learning struggles that caused her to feel worthless.  Low self-esteem is very prevalent among children that have labels such as ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia as well as those that are adopted.

In this Brain Coach Tip, you will hear firsthand accounts of a mom crying out to God for answers.  She had tried all the curriculum and techniques that she could find and still, her daughter struggled academically, emotionally and behaviorally.  In this episode, you will hear about a mom’s journey through educational and behavioral professionals, medications, desperate cries to God for help, and his answered prayer in her life.  Was the road to better function for her daughter an easy one? No.  Did she have to walk by faith when she didn’t really see all the changes she wanted to see right away? Yes.  Did she reap big rewards when even the siblings that came home for the holidays noticed a difference and experienced an all new relationship with their sister? YES!  YES!

Homeschooling Special Needs 911

Have you been considering home schooling your child who has been struggling academically or is labeled with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Auditory Processing Disorder or dyslexia? Special Needs Homeschool 911Do you find that your child with unique learning needs has been happy-go-lucky all summer while the pressure of school has been off?  Are you seeing that now the closer to the start of school you come, the more anxious the child is?  Have you been considering home schooling your child who has been struggling academically or is labeled with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Auditory Processing Disorder or dyslexia?  Or, are you just wondering if you have the knowledge to continue home schooling a special needs child? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this podcast is for you.

You can look forward in this podcast to some interesting information about the purpose of education.  Dr. Jan will encourage you to write your personal goals for the education of your child.  What is really important?  Actually, that is a question all home school educators need to answer.  When you realize what is really important, the stress for you can be reduced, and you won’t be tossed by the wind of the next new curriculum or the next great suggestion from a friend.

The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life really does take the guesswork out of your quest to educate your children.  The better the brain functions, the easier life and learning can be.  You might ask, “But aren’t we just born with all the brain power we are going to get, and you just have to work with what you have?”  For many years, educators echoed that understanding, but NeuroDevelopmentalists have known for over 65 years that the brain has plasticity.  This unique feature of the brain, allows it to change with the right kind of stimulation.  Learn how to release your children’s full potential with this and other Brain Coach Tips.

Siblings Of Special Needs Kids

Siblings of Special Needs Kids - with Dr. Jan Bedell, The Brain CoachSpecial needs require special focus. Many parents must focus a great deal on their child with special needs, and rightfully so. Yet, how does the situation of having a special needs sibling affect the other children in the house? All family members of children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delays, CAPD, Autism, syndromes, and genetic disorders of all types are affected by these complicated issues. Are there particular ways that parents can help their other children through the ups and downs of daily life with a special needs family member?

In this episode, Dr. Jan brings in a special guest, an adult sibling of an individual with special needs.  You will enjoy this candid discussion of what went right and what could have been better for these siblings, one with moderate/severe special needs and one gifted/typically developing.

Your awareness will be heightened as to what the siblings are going through in such cases and how to open the lines of communication to improve life for all involved.  Be informed of the need for long range planning and options that might be available. Above all, be encouraged by the character development that God produces in the midst of hard things.   Dr. Jan says, “As a parent of an individual with special needs, I wish someone would have had this discussion with me when my children were growing up.”

 

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A New Label on the Block – CAPD

CAPD - Central Auditory Processing Disorder with the Brain Coach.Another label has emerged for individuals that are having learning challenges – it’s CAPD. CAPD stands for Central Auditory Processing Disorder and is also referred to as APD or Auditory Processing Disorder.  There are different aspects of this “disorder” that negatively affect a person’s ability to function fully.  Symptoms include:

  • Difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially voice tones
  • Inability to hold sufficient information in sequential order in one’s auditory short-term memory (sequential auditory processing).

This label, like other labels in our educational system, is a symptomatic label.  That means if there are enough symptoms on a checklist, the label is given.  As always in NeuroDevelopment, the question is: what is causing these symptoms to occur? Our society’s practices are the culprit again!  In this episode, Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach, will provide a broader understanding of CAPD and its far-reaching effects.

If you know someone that has trouble following directions, staying on task, reading with a phonics approach, or comprehending what is said and read, this podcast can offer some real answers.  Many times the same symptoms that are associated with CAPD are also experienced by individuals that have or are suspected of having ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning struggles.  This podcast will discuss how low auditory processing presents challenges for every sector of our society.  It will also include ways to improve the inefficiencies found in the symptoms of these labels. By learning how to improve these inefficiencies, you can help your child’s auditory processing improve greatly!

 Don’t miss the handout attached here with links to pertinent resources.

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.

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