Kindergarten Skills for Academics

Kindergarten Skills for Academics with the Brain CoachUnderlying developmental building blocks are necessary for a kindergarten child to be ready for more formal academics.  From Little Giant Steps’ perspective, kindergarten is the culmination of effective development in six areas.   When there are gaps in one or more areas of development, children can suffer from a myriad of learning challenges and even learning labels like ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, CAPD and many others.  Most people try to fix these inefficiencies with curriculum when in fact, curriculum is designed to advance an individual that already has efficient brain development.

The six areas of development (tactility, auditory, visual, manual, language, and mobility) that are the foundation to function are expanded this week.  The precise activities, described this week, can produce better function.

Not only is proper development necessary but the chemistry of our body has to be considered as well.  You can receive a free metabolic consultation after submitting your request.  See details for this and other savings in the handout. Read More!

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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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!

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.

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 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.

The attached handout will help guide you through this episode and give you links to pertinent information and discounts. Click to download here!

Your Homeschooled Teen Has ADD? Help is Here

Help for Homeschooled Teens with A.D.D.: The Homeschool Sanity Show

A homeschooling mom on Facebook.com/motivatedhomeschooler asked for advice for her homeschooled teen and I thought other parents might have the same question. If you or your homeschooled teen is forgetful, distracted, or disorganized, listen to this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.

Teaching Tip of the Week

This week’s teaching tip is to make room for Christmas activities in your homeschool. Use my funny winter writing prompts for writing. Above all, allow Christmas to be a peaceful, joyful time in your homeschool, rather than a stressful one.

Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week

The Curriculum Review Challlenge

How to Help Your Homeschooled Teen with A.D.D. Links

Christmas Break

The Homeschool Sanity Show will be on Christmas break until 12/29/15 when I’ll share how 2016 can be your most organized homeschool year ever.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 

MBFLP – Is Your Child A Sizzler?

MBFLP SizzlersEvery parent has moments of wonder about just how much energy children have. Then … there are kids who are more than just the average “busy” children. Carol Barnier, the author of How To Get Your Child Off The Refrigerator And On To Learning, calls these kids “Sizzlers”, and in this fun interview, we talk with Carol about how parents can better understand their sizzling, distractible progeny – and enjoy them!

MBFLP – Homeschooling Boys

Radio Show Homeschooling Boys

Homeschooling is a great option for families with sons because frankly, institutional classrooms are not very friendly to normal, active, distractible young boys. On the other hand, the same traits which make it hard to teach boys in a schoolroom setting can make it challenging at home, too! This week we talk about how boys learn differently, and how you can work with their particular style to make education both effective and enjoyable — for them and for their teacher!

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