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. 

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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.

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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.

 

When Does Homeschool Begin?

When does Homeschooling Begin?  With Dr. Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach!Most people don’t think about educating their children until pre-school age. In this episode, the Brain Coach lets you in on some tips that will save you hours of effort in later years.  When children go through ALL the developmental steps that God intended, the foundation for successful education is laid.  Children will then be ready for more formal education.  It is our belief that these steps are so strategic that learning challenges and even labels like ADD, ADHD and reading difficulties can be avoided when the developmental foundation is fully functional.

Between birth and two years of age, a child’s brain grows at explosive rates.  Learning to “input” information in the form of sensory involvement (auditory, visual, tactile, smells and tastes) can accelerate brain growth. This causes the development/formation of proper neurological pathways, which resemble super highways.  When the networks of super highways exist, the brain is able to take the most efficient route in accomplishing a task.  You will learn to use those strategic moments in your day to help your infant be “home schooled” from birth.

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The Best Way to Teach Reading

best way to teach readingThe almost militant battle of how to best teach reading has been waged over the last 150+ years with proponents from both sides being adamant about their recommendations.  As the reading curriculum pendulum has swung back and forth from phonics to sight to phonics the controversy roars on with little attention given to anything except technique. This narrow view of reading has resulted in millions of individuals being diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading and language delays.

With the introduction of learning styles even more reading techniques abound.  Phonics is an auditory approach to reading. One must hold each sound in auditory short-term memory long enough to get the word “sounded out”. If the child’s auditory short-term memory (processing) is low, phonics doesn’t work well, and the parents typically finds themselves moving from one phonics program to the next.  This is often the case in the home school community because phonics is viewed as “THE” best way to teach reading.  Don’t get me wrong; I love phonics and it is a terrific way to teach reading IF the child has good auditory processing. If not, there is frustration, tears and feelings of low self-esteem.

A visual learner might pick up sight words easily but struggle with phonics because of the learner’s visual bend.  For the tactile learner, reading is a real challenge as it is time consuming and inefficient to create each word you need to learn out of pipe cleaners or the like.

In this episode, the Brain Coach will give you tips on what functions must be working well in the brain for reading to take place as she reveals the best way to teach reading.

 

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Organizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner Part 2

gifted learnerOrganizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner

Part Two – with Dr. Jan Bedell

In part two, the Brain Coach continues the workshop on staying ahead of that voracious appetite for new ideas and expanded content that comes with a gifted learner.  Additionally, the concept of teaching with frequency, intensity and duration to accelerate learning and make academics more effective is expanded in part two.

In this podcast, we will discuss the importance of all learning channels working well because each channel is designed to process particular types of information.  For example, the best channel for math facts is the auditory system.  After listening to the podcast, you will understand why today’s children are having such a hard time learning their math facts because of our cultural practice of drill without giving enough input.  The Rapid Recall System for mastery of math facts makes math assignments easier and changes mental math abilities for gifted, typical or struggling learners for a lifetime.

Look for examples of Montessori-inspired unit studies to improve general knowledge, visual discrimination, and reading skills.  For example, teaching around a common theme like animals of a certain country or region can expand to include geography, climates, science and more. Pictures of these unit study projects are included in your handout.

Learn how simple activities can accelerate auditory and visual processing (short term memory) and aid an already gifted child to higher functional ability. Storing information in the correct hemisphere of the brain makes for quick retrieval. Two specific ways that information gets to long term memory, visualization and conceptualization, are brought to light during this session. Included in this discussion are ways to improve visualization specifically (see handout). 

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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:

  1. Equip you with information that can cut teaching time and accelerate academic results.
  2. Explain the concept of Input vs Output
  3. Give you the Three Keys to Learning, ANYTHING
  4. Give you another opportunity to THINK DIFFERENTLY!

As a home school mom you have a great desire to have children who:

  • Read Well/Comprehend
  • Are Great at Math
  • Stay on Task
  • Follow Directions
  • Become Independent Learners

The premise of the NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life is that to have these abilities one needs a foundation of organized brain function. This is the only way the full potential of the gifted learner can be realized.  All people, including the highly intelligent, need a brain that works efficiently to realize their maximum potential. This is possible when ones’ brain is organized well so that it can receive, process, store and use information proficiently.

In this podcast, you will hear how the brain is organized and the importance of making sure all learning channels are working well. This is important for bringing in information (what happens when one is learning) in the most efficient way possible. Dr. Jan will discuss aspects of the tactile channel, including how to make handwriting easier, as well as what information is best brought in through the visual channel.

Be sure to tune in next week for part two that will include the auditory learning channel.

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

Handout Number – #26

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