Why Cursive?

Why Cursive? With the Brain Coach, Dr. Jan Bedell.Have you ever wonder if it is really necessary to teach your child cursive? Do you have a child that just doesn’t get it? Today Dr. Jan Bedell visits with Prisca Lecroy one of the co-owners of CursiveLogic.

Prisca shares how their method of teaching cursive came about when her mother was tutoring a 23-year-old young man who needed to be able to sign his name to take the driver’s test. She developed a method that help this young man (age 16) sign his name in a 45-minute session. Since then many others have benefited from their easy method of learning cursive including those children with learning struggles.

They discuss the neurodevelopmental benefits of writing and reading cursive. As well as the importance of being about to read historical and family documents from the past. Tune into the Brain Coach Tip of the day to find out more about CursiveLogic.

Come and Be Encouraged

Come and Be Encouraged with Leslie Nunnery of Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conferences Do you attend Homeschool conferences?  If the answer is no, you may want to reconsider your decision not to go. Today Dr. Jan Bedell visits with Leslie Nunnery who along with her husband David, started the Teach Them Diligently Home School Conferences.

Leslie shares the call they felt to encourage homeschool families to stay the course in their ‘High Calling’.   Our very own Brain Coach, Jan Bedell will be speaking and exhibiting at all the Teach Them Diligently locations this year. The new locations have been expanded for this coming year’s conference season so they are more convenient to more families or make a great family get away.  Today, you will also learn what Teach Them Diligently offers to homeschool families outside of the conference arena.

The Little Giant Steps team will be conducting NeuroDevelopmental Screenings at all of the Teach Them Diligently conferences.  Discover exactly how a screening can benefit the individuals in your family by tuning in to today’s Brain Coach Tips and by following this link – NeuroDevelopmental Screenings.  These screening are helpful if you have a gifted child because the way the brain is organized, even when the individual has a high IQ, makes all the difference in the ability to use that intelligence.  Screenings are valuable when you have a child that is doing “OK” in your eyes but you know he is having to work much harder than you would expect. Screening are also valuable to help you identify the root causes of learning difficulties or even when children already have learning labels like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, CAPD, OCD and Learning Disabled.     When you know the root cause of learning struggles, you can become equipped to change the outcome for that child.

Enhancing Giftedness

Do you have a child that is gifted?  Is it difficult to stay ahead of them to keep them challenged? Check out this podcast!Do you have a child that is gifted?  Is it difficult to stay ahead of them to keep them challenged?

Today Dr. Jan Bedell, the Little Giant Steps’ Brain Coach, shares her experience with her gifted grandchildren in her multigenerational household in this episode about enhancing giftedness.   She explains that it is not simply about intelligence. Rather, an organized brain that processes well is what really releases the full potential of an individual. By learning how to help the brain’s processing speed and efficiency, you can help your gifted child succeed. In this podcast, you will receive some tips to help you stay ahead of that gifted child without adding loads of extra work to your plate. 

These same brain enhancing tips are not just for the gifted!  They can be helpful for those who are typically developing, gifted, or even for struggling learners. After all, we all have a brain.

Hidden Gem

Hidden Gem with Dr. Ron Johnson and Brain Coach TipsDo you have a child that struggles to maintain focus when completing tasks?  Do you have to supervise every minute of your teen’s school day?

Today Dr. Jan Bedell visits with the founder of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, Dr. Ron Johnson.  Doc, as many like to call him, was formerly a public-school principle and superintendent who saw the need to reestablish virtues and values in today’s society.  Doc was an executive in a major home school curriculum provider for 21 years.  He saw the effects of fatherlessness on our society and, coupled with all this experience, set out to create curriculum that gives students positive male role models.  It is the mission of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (www.PACworks.com) to recover at risk children and build a better foundation for those that are not struggling.

Tune in to today’s Brain Coach Tip to learn the hidden gems of his many years of experience. Dr. Johnson shares his personal experiences and will give you gems to motivate your students. So, whether you have typically developing students or you are dealing with the effects of labels like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia or behavioral challenges, this episode will encourage and equip you.

Special Needs Resources

Special Needs Resources with SPED HomeschoolDo you have a child with special needs?  Are you lost, and you don’t know where to turn for help?  Do you just need some encouragement? Today Dr. Jan Bedell talks with Peggy Ployhar, the CEO and founder of SPED Homeschool.  The mission for SPED Homeschool is – Helping students succeed through parent directed special education homeschooling.

Peggy, the guest on Brain Coach Tips this week, is a homeschool mom, writer, speaker, blogger and has served in two state home school organizations as their special needs advisor.   Peggy’s life has been full of special needs situations as her parents adopted 10 children with special needs and she home schooled both of her sons that had special learning requirements.

Peggy brings many years of knowledge about special needs home schooling to this interview and can guide you to resources to help in your journey of home schooling your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS), Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD, CP, Down, or a myriad of other syndromes.  Peggy will also share her dreams and vision for SPED Homeschool, a nonprofit organization that serves the Special Needs Homeschool Community.

Listen in to today’s Brain Coach Tips interview.


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Etiquette Made Easy

Etiquette Made Easy with The Etiquette FactoryDo your children have an awareness of the impact of good etiquette?  Today Dr. Jan Bedell speaks with Monica Irvine from The Etiquette Factory about how life-enhancing proper etiquette can be.

“If you are not taught, you don’t know,” is what Monica has learned from speaking with parents who have used her products. It is never too early to start your children on the road to good manners.  Monica has help for all ages.  Preschoolers to high schoolers can benefit from these life-enhancing social graces.  These lessons touch on everything from wedding and funeral etiquette to cellphone manners.  Monica has been told by many parents that their children have grown in confidence when they understand these etiquette skills.

“Children learn best when they can relate [to their environment] with the [proper] etiquette skill,”  says Monica.  Our society no longer teaches etiquette the way it has been taught in the past.  Our children need to be taught because we are sending messages to others no matter what we do.  Do we want to send a message that we are thinking of others or thinking of ourselves?  Tune in, to today’s Brain Coach Tips to learn how to teach your children how valuable it is to prefer others in social situations.

Behavior Alert – What’s the Root?

Behavior Alert - What's the Root? With Dr. Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach!Do you have a child that is constantly in trouble?  They don’t look at you when you talk to them.  They don’t follow directions.  They don’t answer when spoken to. They will not sit still and do their school work.  Guess what? This may not be defiance!

Dr. Jan has worked with clients using the NeuroDevelopmental Approach for over 20 years.  She has seen dynamic change in children after addressing the root cause of what, on the surface, seemed like poor behavior.   Of course, we are all born with a sin nature, but that is not always the sole cause of problematic conduct.  If a child skips a NeuroDevelopmental step, there may be an issue with how they see, hear, or process, which can manifest as “bad” behavior. But there is still hope! Because we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we can still develop the pathways needed to complete these steps.

Dr. Jan will ask you to think differently about why your children are responding the way they are behaviorally.  She will discuss some of the root causes of behavioral issues and introduce you to what you can do to fix them.  Are you ready to have peace and harmony in your home?  Tune in to the Brain Coach Tip of the Day.




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But I Want To Go To College

But I Want to Go To College!  The Brain CoachDo your children want to go to college? Do you wonder if they can succeed? Are they struggling just to make it through high school? Is taking a test a daunting prospect? This week you will hear an inspirational testimony of a seventeen-year-old who realized his life-long dream of going to college by using The NeuroDevelopmental Approach.

As parents we want our children to achieve their greatest potential! Dr. Jan gives helpful tips about simple activities that can be performed with children of all ages do so they don’t struggle academically. To be successful learners, we need organized brains, good short-term memory and correct mental storage of information. All of these are requirements so information is found easily and used efficiently. This is what the NeuroDevelopmental Approach is all about! Dr. Jan has been working for over 20 years to bring hope to struggling learners.

Listen to the Brain Coach Tips for today to get your healthy dose of hope. These tips will help whether your child is in college or wants to go to college in the future. Checkout the handout for mentioned products and discount codes.



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ADD Resolved

ou do not have to watch your child struggle or be held back because of their ADD symptoms. Tune in to Brain Coach Tips for help!Do you have a child that is distracted, disorganized or impulsive?   Has someone suggested that they are ADD and they need to be put on medication to reach their full potential?   

Today Dr. Jan visits with Michelle, Little Giant Steps’ Director of Parent Support, about her encounter with the ND Approach with her two sons.  Michelle shares her family’s story, the struggles her boys were having and their triumphs!   Because of these triumphs, Michelle has continued with Little Giant Steps so that she can assist others in achieving their victories. 

There is hope. You don’t have to accept the labels. You do not have to watch your child struggle or be held back because of their ADD symptoms.  The ND approach can make these symptoms a thing of the past just as it did for Michelle and her son. 

You can visit https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/add-adhd to see documented results of ADD and ADHD students who have worked through the NeuroDevelopmental Program.  Listen in to The Brain Coach Tips today and find hope through Michelle’s story.

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We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

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Reading Struggles

Reading StrugglesDo you have a child that is a struggling reader?  Have you wondered if your child has dyslexia?   Once again Dr. Jan asks us to think differently and drop the thought of labels.  Labels are given when you can check off a number of present symptoms. What good is that?  The Neurodevelopmental Approach looks at what is causing the symptoms and finding solutions for those symptoms.

Common symptoms of dyslexia are difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling.  To be able to read, you need to have good visual abilities. To write, you need to know where you are spatially so that you can make your hand move across the page accurately. To spell correctly, the ability to visualize is extremely important.  Don’t know what all this means?  Listen to the podcast for a thorough explanation.

If your child has symptoms such as difficulty blending sounds into words, reversing letters, and/or reading slowly or hesitantly, don’t despair. Dr. Jan shares possible causes and solutions for these struggles.  There is hope. If you address the problems, these symptoms diminish or disappear entirely.  Once these issues are no longer troublesome, students quickly catch up to their peers.

This week’s Brain Coach Tip will start you down the path to taking the struggles out of reading.  You will also learn how you can be proactive with your preschool child to avoid reading struggles in their future.

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