Homeschooling Special Needs 911

Have you been considering home schooling your child who has been struggling academically or is labeled with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Auditory Processing Disorder or dyslexia? Special Needs Homeschool 911Do you find that your child with unique learning needs has been happy-go-lucky all summer while the pressure of school has been off?  Are you seeing that now the closer to the start of school you come, the more anxious the child is?  Have you been considering home schooling your child who has been struggling academically or is labeled with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Auditory Processing Disorder or dyslexia?  Or, are you just wondering if you have the knowledge to continue home schooling a special needs child? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this podcast is for you.

You can look forward in this podcast to some interesting information about the purpose of education.  Dr. Jan will encourage you to write your personal goals for the education of your child.  What is really important?  Actually, that is a question all home school educators need to answer.  When you realize what is really important, the stress for you can be reduced, and you won’t be tossed by the wind of the next new curriculum or the next great suggestion from a friend.

The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life really does take the guesswork out of your quest to educate your children.  The better the brain functions, the easier life and learning can be.  You might ask, “But aren’t we just born with all the brain power we are going to get, and you just have to work with what you have?”  For many years, educators echoed that understanding, but NeuroDevelopmentalists have known for over 65 years that the brain has plasticity.  This unique feature of the brain, allows it to change with the right kind of stimulation.  Learn how to release your children’s full potential with this and other Brain Coach Tips.

Siblings Of Special Needs Kids

Siblings of Special Needs Kids - with Dr. Jan Bedell, The Brain CoachSpecial needs require special focus. Many parents must focus a great deal on their child with special needs, and rightfully so. Yet, how does the situation of having a special needs sibling affect the other children in the house? All family members of children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delays, CAPD, Autism, syndromes, and genetic disorders of all types are affected by these complicated issues. Are there particular ways that parents can help their other children through the ups and downs of daily life with a special needs family member?

In this episode, Dr. Jan brings in a special guest, an adult sibling of an individual with special needs.  You will enjoy this candid discussion of what went right and what could have been better for these siblings, one with moderate/severe special needs and one gifted/typically developing.

Your awareness will be heightened as to what the siblings are going through in such cases and how to open the lines of communication to improve life for all involved.  Be informed of the need for long range planning and options that might be available. Above all, be encouraged by the character development that God produces in the midst of hard things.   Dr. Jan says, “As a parent of an individual with special needs, I wish someone would have had this discussion with me when my children were growing up.”

 

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A New Label on the Block – CAPD

CAPD - Central Auditory Processing Disorder with the Brain Coach.Another label has emerged for individuals that are having learning challenges – it’s CAPD. CAPD stands for Central Auditory Processing Disorder and is also referred to as APD or Auditory Processing Disorder.  There are different aspects of this “disorder” that negatively affect a person’s ability to function fully.  Symptoms include:

  • Difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially voice tones
  • Inability to hold sufficient information in sequential order in one’s auditory short-term memory (sequential auditory processing).

This label, like other labels in our educational system, is a symptomatic label.  That means if there are enough symptoms on a checklist, the label is given.  As always in NeuroDevelopment, the question is: what is causing these symptoms to occur? Our society’s practices are the culprit again!  In this episode, Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach, will provide a broader understanding of CAPD and its far-reaching effects.

If you know someone that has trouble following directions, staying on task, reading with a phonics approach, or comprehending what is said and read, this podcast can offer some real answers.  Many times the same symptoms that are associated with CAPD are also experienced by individuals that have or are suspected of having ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning struggles.  This podcast will discuss how low auditory processing presents challenges for every sector of our society.  It will also include ways to improve the inefficiencies found in the symptoms of these labels. By learning how to improve these inefficiencies, you can help your child’s auditory processing improve greatly!

 Don’t miss the handout attached here with links to pertinent resources.

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.

NeuroDevelopment Can Help Your Child with a Syndrome or Brain Injury

How NeuroDevelopment Can Help Your Child With a Syndrome or Brain InjuryA syndrome is a group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, disorder, or other condition considered abnormal. There is a large range of negative effects in a person’s functional ability with and within each syndrome.

Brain injury can occur from genetic anomalies, birth trauma or accidents at any time during a person’s life. The reason NeuroDevelopment can help your child with a syndrome or brain injury is because the focus is on the root cause of functional or educational challenges.  It helps parents and professionals understand the importance of specific stimulation to the brain to improve abilities.  Whether your child has a brain injury or a syndrome like Charge, Down, Williams, Angelman, Fetal Alcohol or one of the other numerous syndromes identified in the world, there is hope and help for a better life.

Dr. Jan, aka the Little Giant Steps Brain Coach, shares her story about her oldest daughter’s journey from low abilities to significantly improved function, far surpassing the abilities expected of a person with her IQ.  Learn how you can be equipped to home school your child with special needs in a more effective way.

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I Said, “Hold Your Pencil Right!”

I said, "Hold Your Pencil Right!" Handwriting with the Brain Coach.Have you wondered if it is worth the battle to get your children to hold their pencil correctly? An instinct deep inside nags at you about the importance of this skill, but you are so tired of saying, “Hold your pencil right!” Often you are tempted to give up because you are not absolutely sure that it is that important. This week the Brain Coach will share with you why so many children today are struggling to hold their pencil correctly and what you can do to change this situation for your children.

Foundational skills and muscle development in our hands are key to easily holding a pencil or eating utensils correctly. Whether you have a child with a learning struggle (such as dysgraphia), one that is challenged because of a syndrome, one that is typically developing, or one who is gifted, this podcast will provide specific direction on how to make handwriting easier for your child.

Specific instructions and resources are included in this week’s handout with Links to information that I talked about and discount codes are also provided.

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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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 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!

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