Stop Twirling That String

stop twirling that stringStop Twirling That String with Jan Bedell, PhD

Visual challenges can be varied and sometimes hard to detect, but often mom or dad know something isn’t quite right. The challenge is to figure out what is causing the problem.  The doctor might say, “The child’s vision is fine.”  The question from a neurodevelopmentalist standpoint is, would the doctor be talking about 20/20 acuity (able to see up close and far away) or vision (the way the visual information is interrupted by the brain in giving the visual message)?

See if you recognize any of these symptoms of visual inefficiencies:

  • Are you constantly saying, “Look at me when I am talking to you” but the child doesn’t seem to be able to maintain eye contact?
  • Are there challenges with coloring within the lines or writing on the line or with writing letters that are the same size?
  • Is the child too close to the reading material or math page when doing academics?
  • Does the child skip lines or small words when reading?
  • Does the child like to watch things that twirl or move like fan blades or toy car wheels?
  • How about constantly wanting to dangle something like a string, sock, or anything else he can find to whirl and watch?

Discover more about The NeuroDevelopmental Profile as it relates to vision and visual distortions in this Brain Coach Tip episode.  There are seven main developmental levels that all children should go through.  Some of these areas of development are compromised by our cultural practices of putting our infants in gadgets such as walkers, swings and jump-ups. When we don’t go through the correct stages where vision is developed, challenges can occur.  The good news is that we don’t have to focus on the symptoms that can be on the checklists for labels such as Autism, ADD/ADHD or Sensory Integration Disorder.  We can find the root cause of the symptoms and change the child’s function, thus eliminating the symptoms all together.  

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Stop Overreacting It’s Just A Sock

stop overreacting its just a sockStop Overreacting It’s Just A Sock with Jan Bedell, PhD – your brain coach.


Do you ever want to just yell, “IT’S JUST A SOCK, put it on your foot!”? It is hard to understand the reaction of some children when their tactile system is giving the wrong messages to the brain. The sensory system is the gateway to overall function. You first have to get the correct input from the sensory system to be able to use that information in life. When it is not functioning correctly, it sends messages to the brain that are interrupted as pain.

This is often labeled Sensory Integration Disorder (SID) and the symptoms can also be found in the labels of Autism, ADD and ADHD. These sensory messages shouldn’t be painful. However, if the system is not functioning correctly or is functioning in a hyper sensitive manner, they register as pain to that individual. If on the other hand, the messages are hypo (not enough), then the individual doesn’t have awareness of the signals from the environment and, therefore, doesn’t feel what they should.

In this episode learn why your child might:

-struggle with proper pencil grasp

-be uncomfortable in socks or clothes

-hate mushy food

-get bruises but have no idea where they came from

-jerk away from your gentle touch

-forget to wipe his face after eating

-hate haircuts and brushing hair

-have trouble opening jars or tying shoes

-get in other people’s social space

All of these are symptoms of a tactile system that has immature pathways. This means the messages to the brain are getting corrupted, making the individual feel too much or too little. No one has to live with these often debilitating effects of a sensory system that is misfiring. The NeuroDevelopmental Approach promoted by Little Giant Steps can teach you how to make these sensory pathways mature and functional. You can gain more information about this approach in the other podcasts listed here or visit or for ways to get help for your child.

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Teaching Children To Speak Kindly

Teaching Children to Speak KindlyTeaching Children to Speak Kindly with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #184

How difficult is it to teach your children to speak kindly? In this episode, Felice discusses struggles with her own children and ways she found to teach them to speak kindly and with love.

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Show Notes: Teaching Children To Speak Kindly:

  • Identify the issues
  • Address the situation

I tried all types of things…

  1. Close proximity
  2. Punishments
  3. Lose dessert

Questions I asked my children:

  1. Do you know how rudely you are speaking?
  2. Would you speak the same way to a friend?
  3. Would you speak the same way if the Lord was sitting here with us. (If God is God and He is everywhere… then, HE is here.)

Phase 1:

1. Scripture verses

  1. Close proximity – sometimes in chairs knee to knee (I was close by)
  2. Having them do kind acts to each other – and the other one appreciating it with words
  3. Play acting and modeling behavior – teaching children the correct response to make
  4. Punishments – one son it took $10 each occurrence to get it to stop (older teen) –my theory that God makes the little ones so cute you can’t ever imagine them leaving home – and when it gets to your older teens, they are the ones you eventually want to help pack when they leave… okay, not quite true but you know what I mean.

It is obviously a heart issue and that is Phase 2

  1. Prayer – pray with that child, ask them why they are so angry. Pray often with them.
  2. Kindness is a virtue – pray specifically for the Lord to bless your child with that virtue
  3. Example – by setting examples we as parents are modeling kindness and love to our children

What does the Bible say?

  1. Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
  2. Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
  3. Proverbs 12:14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
  4. Proverbs 10:21 The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.


Implementing the Charlotte Mason Method

Implementing the Charlotte Mason MethodEpisode 5: 

Implementing the Charlotte Mason Method

Hosts:  Lindsey Stomberg & Richele McFarlin

Join Richele and Lindsey as they explore the Charlotte Mason method and how to implement it in your homeschool. Lindsey will discuss how she implements the method with young children while Richele will share how it looks through the years. Is the Charlotte Mason method right for your homeschool? Find out and join Lindsey and Richele for a quick overview on this well-loved method.


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Even Second Generation Homeschoolers Make Mistakes

Even Second Generation Homeschoolers Make Mistakes

Even Second Generation Homeschoolers Make Mistakes

Episode #4

As I travel across the country, I am fortunate to meet some amazing people. Two of those I have met along the way are Mike and Jessica Somerville with Tapestry of Grace. Recently, I met up with Mike and Jessica at the Great Homeschool Conventions in Fort Worth, TX. Mike and Jessica Somerville are homeschool graduates that are now homeschooling their three beautiful daughters. If you are like me, you assume that they must be the PERFECT homeschooling family. However, in this podcast they share some lessons they have already learned from mistakes already made. You don’t want to miss this our time together.


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SAT vs. ACT Real Truth

SAT vs. ACT Real TruthSAT vs. ACT Real Truth with Jean Burk

Podcast #48

Which test should your take, the SAT or the ACT? What is the real truth? Learn how to ace the SAT – since colleges are ranked nationally based upon the student’s SAT scores. 85% of colleges give money based on test on like the SAT … the only fair way a college can compare students is through the standardized test.

Show Notes: SAT vs. ACT: Real Truth

  1. Recurring patterns
  2. Follow the same patterns, rules, and profiles to make it standardized
  3. Component that is common to everyone. Anyone can answer
  4. Same grading system that applies to everyone

Biggest Myth about ACT –

  1. ACT is knowledge based –not true
  2. SAT is reasoning – not true

Difference and similarities

  1. Both used for college entrance
  2. Both used for college money
  3. Every college takes either one
  4. SAT – 3 hours opt. essay reading/writing/math in some form – geometry formulas not on ACT – ESSAY – analytical –given a high quality published piece of work, write an essay based on the given work.
  5. ACT – 3.5 hours – reading – fewer citations – English – both test grammar, style and reading analysis – math basic, math, geometry – trig (no grid in boxes) – persuasive like (40 minutes) the old SAT – science section –don’t need to know anything about science – combo of reading and basic math
  6. SAT scores are not averaged – ACT scores section is averaged
  7. SAT –unlimited ACT only 12 times
  8. Easy crossover of info – try them both
  9. Free tests online and download SAT or ACT practice tests online
  10. ACT – subtle changes …
    1. Timing to essay 40
    2. Added sub-scores –
  11. SAT – August SAT
    1. First time, based on bell curve your students can do better on the scoring
  12. Disservice high schools are doing for their students
    1. Don’t bother with the PSAT test – it is very important
    2. Merit Scholarships
    3. PSAT you must sign up in person
  13. How can you SAT if not offered at your high school
    1. and put in your zip code

Say What You Mean With Love

Say What You Mean with LoveSay What You Mean with Love with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast # 184

It is easy to say what you mean, but not so much when you say what you mean with love. Your relationships and conversations are an important part of your family life, yet often it falls apart when other factors come into play.


The critical spirit is pervasive – some people tend to be more critical than others and that is something we need to pray against. We are complex individuals with many God given talents but being critical isn’t one of them. If you tend to be in this category you will have a harder time speaking in love…but it is possible!

The five-point strategy for saying what you mean with love…



  1. Never speak when angry
  2. Be prepared
  3. Recurring situations – address individually – no score cards
  4. We can agree to disagree
  5. Plant Seeds – reap the harvest


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Struggling Learner? Homeschool Success!

Struggling Learner Homeschool SuccessHomeschool Success with Your Struggling Learner

Educating a child that is struggling academically, emotionally or behaviorally can be a real challenge. Sometimes when you are out there, seemingly alone as a homeschool mom you can even start to doubt yourself and if you are equipped for the job.  After all, the educators may have told you that you should let the professionals handle things.   Let me assure you, your precious little one is in the right place, at home!  Often, recommendations from the school system indicate a need for more one-on-one instruction.  What better place to receive that extra attention than home where love abounds?  When parents are equipped with the right information, the sky is the limit to where their struggling learner can go.

In podcast #24, the Brain Coach, Jan Bedell, will give you tips and techniques to make it a “no more tears learning zone” at your house.  Tune into this episode, entitled; Homeschool Success with Your Struggling Learner, airing on April 6 to learn that the foundation of all learning abilities is the efficient functioning of the brain.

It seems more and more children these days have some sort of learning inefficiency. It is estimated that 1 in 5 US children suffer with a learning challenge.  Remember your old dial-up connection to the Internet? Is your child’s brain acting like a computer with a slow connection speed? That is, do they struggle academically and socially, are not able to reach full potential; have trouble remembering daily activities, chores and personal hygiene; knows something one day but not the next; can’t  follow directions? Do you suspect learning labels? What is a parent to do? You could buy another curriculum, OR you could address the “root cause” so that academic success could be attained with any curriculum. You could help the same brain become like a computer connected to high-speed Internet. The difference in function is HUGE!  Addressing the root cause is what we teach in the Brain Coach Tips’ podcasts. I encourage you to listen to some of the previous episodes while you are waiting for #24 to come out.  You will discover some root causes of reading and math difficulties, attention issues, sensory challenges and more.

Parents can be the key to breaking free from learning challenges and even the many labels that are littering the education landscape. Helping you to reach far beyond the limits of labels and their negative effects is our goal. Open a brilliant future for your child through understanding how the brain works . . . or why it doesn’t currently seem to be working so well.

In the Homeschool Success With Your Struggling Learner podcast you will discover:

  1. The importance of giving input to the child instead of the frustrating experience of expecting so much output (i.e. the typical, fill-in-the-blank and do it quickly routine!)
  2. How your child might not be seeing correctly even though his eyes check out as having 20/20 vision.
  3. How some of our cultural practices in modern America are robbing our children of their full potential.
  4. The reason why your child may get so stressed with a test and often can’t remember what you know that he knows.

Handling Homeschool Backlash from Family and Friends

Handling Homeschool Backlash from Family and FriendsHow are you…  Handling Homeschool Backlash from Family and Friends? 

Episode #4  Hosts:  Lindsey Stomberg & Richele McFarlin

Do you have family who question your decision to homeschool? Do your children get quizzed by neighbors?  Don’t let the backlash shake your confidence about your decision to homeschool your children. Don’t fall into the trap of putting your children on display to show off the merits of homeschooling. Learn how to effectively handle these situations before they escalate.



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Why Every Mom Should Say Yes

why every mom should say yesWhy Every Mom Should Say Yes
Episode #3

And, why saying YES is a MUST … in this episode I will take you on a trip down memory lane. You should probably grab a box of tissues before pushing play! My goal is for every child to have a childhood full of beautiful memories and that starts with us saying YES! Childhood is dirty, messy, noisy work! You’ve got this!

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