Brain Coach Tips


brain coach tipsBrain Coach Tips Podcast with your host Dr. Jan Bedell


Each week, receive practical brain building tips that have proven to be life-changing for thousands who have applied these principals to make life and learning easier. Your host, Jan Bedell, PhD, started a journey in 1992 that transitioned her from desperate home school mom of a struggling learner into a Master NeuroDevelopmentalist. With her new knowledge of how to optimize brain function, coupled with her previous experience as a public, private and home school teacher, Jan understood there was more to education than just technique and curriculum.
he found hope and help for her daughter through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach and now conveys her passion by teaching you ways to stimulate brains of all ages. So whether your child is typically developing, gifted, struggling or has a disability, join Brain Coach, Jan Bedell as she shares knowledge that has helped children, teens and adults reach their true God-given potential.

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Organizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner Part 1

The Gifted Learner with Dr. Jan Bedell When your child has an above average IQ, you have a whole new set of challenges.  Staying ahead of that voracious appetite for new ideas and expanded content can definitely keep a home school mom hopping. The goals for podcast #26 (part 1) and #27 (part 2) are: […]

Special Needs Homeschooling 101

Do you have a child with special learning needs?  While every child is unique and needs specialized attention, some seem to require more. They struggle to progress through typical milestones and traditional curriculum and approaches don’t seem to help them much.  They have learning, behavioral or emotional struggles or have received labels like Sensory Integration […]

Homeschool Success with Your Struggling Learner

Homeschool Success with Your Struggling Learner with Dr. Jan Bedell It seems more and more children these days have some sort of learning struggle that challenges their academic progress or gives them one of the common learning or behavioral labels like ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, OCD, bipolar, Asperger’s and the list goes on.   It is estimated that […]

UPDATED: You Knew It Yesterday – What Happened on the Test?

You Knew It Yesterday – What Happened On The Test with Dr. Jan Bedell Have you ever had that frustrating experience where you were certain your child grasped an academic concept, and then the very next day, she couldn’t recall ever seeing it? Well, it is not just a frustration for you.  The child is […]

Stop Twirling That String

Stop 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, […]

Stop Overreacting It’s Just A Sock

Stop 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 […]

Stop Overreacting! It’s Not That Loud!

#20_StopOverreactingItsNotThatLoud_handoutStop Overreacting! It’s Not That Loud! Episode #20 Stop Overreacting! It’s Not That Loud! Have you ever been really frustrated with your child’s reaction to sound?  Have you been troubled by his ability to understand what you are saying?  Has it crossed your mind that you might need to get her hearing checked?  If the […]

Neuroplasticity – Rewiring The Brain

Neuroplasticity – Rewiring The Brain with Dr. Jan Bedell Podcast #19 Neuroplasticity, hmm? Do we really have to use such an unfamiliar word?  Yes, to describe the amazing gift that God has given us we can start with a big word and break it down.  It really is quite simple – “neuro” is having to […]

Making Math Easier

Making Math Easier with Dr. Jan Bedell  Podcast #18 Be sure to download the handout below As homeschoolers we tend to teach the way we were taught or at the very least we are influenced by how we experienced school ourselves.  In this episode, Jan Bedell, the Little Giant Steps Brain Coach, challenges the standard […]

Making Reading Easier

Making Reading Easier by Dr. Jan Bedell   A prerequisite to reading using the phonics approach is a good auditory processing ability (auditory short term memory).  If processing is not well developed, reading with phonics past three letter words can be next to impossible.  Don’t go buy another phonics program!  It isn’t the phonics program […]

Absent Minded Professor

That Absent-Minded Professor with Dr. Jan Bedell Podcast #16 Do you have an Absent-Minded Professor at your house?  The child that is really smart but has a low attention span, trouble sitting still, difficulty following directions, knows something one day and not the next, overreacts to sounds, touch, etc.  Many of these are symptoms of […]

ADD/ADHD A Drug Free Solution

ADD/ADHD A Drug Free Solution with Dr. Jan Bedell Podcast #15 Show Notes: ADD/ADHD A Drug-Free Solution The labels ADD/ADHD are symptomatic labels.  In other words, there is not a blood test or brain scan used to diagnosis an individual with this label.  Typically, there is a list of symptoms or a checklist filled out […]

She’s Such A Drama Queen

She’s Such a Drama Queen! This podcast explores the root causes of why children act out  and some solutions children that seem to get out of control. What Causes a Drama Queen? This child is typically labeled a Drama Queen or King. The classic response from parents is frustration and aggravation at such emotional responses […]

He Is Just Not Trying

He is Just Not Trying with Jan Bedell Podcast #13 Have you ever thought that your child is not trying? There could be a number of reasons for your child’s behavior. In this podcast, Jan explores those reasons and ways you can help. Visit our sponsor Little Giant Steps for information about Free auditory processing kit […]

School Reboot After A Break

School Reboot After a Break with Dr. Jan Bedell Show Notes: Everyone needs a break from the school routine but how do you gracefully get back in the swing of things after a holiday or summer break?  That is the focus of today’s podcast.   Breaks from school typically come with other challenges that make it […]

Avoiding Labels

Avoiding Labels – Podcast #11 To Label or Not To Label? That is the question.  This podcast discusses whether or not labels are effective and the amazing work from Jan Bedell at Little Giant Steps Show Notes: Avoiding Labels It is a very challenging world out there for parents of struggling learners.  All types of […]

God Made Us Different

God Made Us Different with Dr. Jan Bedell Podcast #10 Intelligence comes in many forms. In this episode, Dr. Jan explores Dr. Howard Gardner’s identification of many different ways in which a person can be intelligent.  Besides your specific “IQ smarts,” you may also have kinesthetic, spatial, musical, logical/mathematical, linguistic, naturalist, interpersonal or intra-personal intelligence.  […]

The Foundation: Learning Styles

Shoring Up The Foundation of Learning Styles with Dr. Jan Bedell Podcast #9 The brain has an incredible ability to grow and change in order to shore up the foundations for learning.  There are certain natural intelligences that are God given which are outlined here. The question is, what is the best way to take […]

Understanding The Foundation Of All Learning

Understanding the Foundation of all Learning with Dr. Jan Bedell The Learning Styles Philosophy has become a paradigm of many in academia and adopted by homeschool families as well.  It promotes the notion that you should find the primary learning style of each student and then teach whatever you are teaching through that style.  The […]

Dyslexia Reading Roller Coaster

  Reading Roller Coaster – with Dr. Jan Bedell Reading can be a roller coaster when you have a struggling child. In this episode, you will understand more about why we at Little Giant Steps say that most labels are symptomatic labels. When things are not going well, symptoms are what most people pay attention […]

Draw Close To God In A Busy World

Draw Close To God In A Busy World with Dr. Jan Bedell and Pastor Alan Bias Pastor Alan Bias joins Brain Coach, Jan Bedell for some tips on how to hear God in the “everyday”.  Learn how to escape the “Big Gray Swirl” of busyness and distractions to experience life to its fullest.  When you […]

Dyslexia Dilemma

The Dilemma of Dyslexia with Dr. Jan Bedell According to some sources, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability with the dyslexia dilemma being the most common.  From my experience, parents don’t really want a label, they want to know what to about it.  If you listen to the naysayers, one has to […]

Demystifying Auditory Processing

Demystifying Auditory Processing with Jan Bedell The Best Kept Secret in Education – Auditory Processing (See handout below) Auditory Processing is known in my circles as the best-kept secret in education because not many people know about it, yet it affects so many aspects of everyday life.  We are talking here about your auditory short-term […]

Three Keys To Learning Anything

Three Keys to Learning Anything with Jan Bedell Do you know the three keys to learning anything? If you understand these three keys to learning – frequency, intensity, and duration – you can teach and your child can learn anything. Even the children that are struggling with learning or have special needs can accelerate function […]

NeuroDevelopmental Approach

The Foundation of Learning – The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to Life with Jan Bedell  PhD, M ND What is the Neuro-Developmental Approach? To be most productive, each individual’s brain must have a good foundation. This foundation consists of a certain level of organization and the ability to receive and process as well as store information efficiently before it can […]

Brain Coach Tips – Jan Bedell

Brain Coach Tips with Jan Bedell  PhD, M ND   Brain Coach Tips: Changes Lives  Learn a little of the journey that brought Jan from a desperate mom needing help for her own daughter with learning struggles to being known as the Brain Coach helping thousands of families reach their full potential. Whether you have a […]

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