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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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.

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Handout Number – #26

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Special Needs Homeschooling 101

special needs homeschooling 101

Special Featured Author Dr. Jan Bedell

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 help them.   That was my dilemma with my first born, Jenee’.  When she was 5-6 years old, I remember thinking that I could do better than what I was observing in her school classroom but being educated as a public school teacher in the 70’s the public school mindset is all you know. That is until God opened my eyes of understanding for a different way. When Jenee’ was 9, God led me to home school and it changed my life. Homeschooling was the best decision I ever made. If you are concerned that you might not have the skills or training, don’t be.  God will show you the way; he will equip you as he calls you.

No matter where you are in your journey with your special needs child, whether you are just now considering home school for this special person in your life or are a veteran, all need encouragement and equipping past our current knowledge level.  My prayer is that you find that in Podcast #25, “Special Needs Homeschooling 101.” In this episode, I will share more of my journey and how God led me every step of the way.

Fear can be one of the biggest battles for a mom of a special needs child. What does the future hold for this child? What if people make fun of him or misinterpret his action? What will happen when I am not here to help her? Will friends be a part of his life? How do I afford all these therapies that she needs? Remember this: fear is like a magnet that goes into the future and pulls toward you what you do not want. In Job 3:25, Job said, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” God tells us 365 times in the Bible not to fear.  Having a child that seems to be more vulnerable than most makes these admonishments not to fear easier “read” than “done.” It is important that you push back against these fears as they are counter-productive and often cause the child to experience anxiety as well. What’s a mom to do?  Well, when you are tempted to fear, replace that thought with this one: Faith goes into the future and pulls toward you what you do want.  I often tell the parents of my clients to think of it this way. The God of the Universe that flung the stars into their exact place in the sky has our precious little or big ones right in the palm of his hand.  How much more secure can we be?

Be sure to listen to Brain Coach Tips #25: Special Needs Homeschooling 101 on the Ultimate Home School Radio Network. This podcast, sponsored by Little Giant Steps, contains some specific strategies and curriculum recommendations to make life easier for you and your child.  It airs April 13, 2017 and includes:

  1. How I laughed more and cried more over my special child than anything else in life.
  2. Seeing what God might be doing in you through the experience of having a special needs child
  3. Creating and celebrating every small step along the way.
  4. Keeping yourself encouraged
  5. Equipping yourself for success through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to Life.

About the author

Dr. Jan Bedell is an author and creates a podcast weekly on the topic of special needs, on Brain Coach Tips, here. She is the creator of a dynamic curriculum for parents of children who learn differently. Her program and seminars have given hope to many. Visit her website at Little Giant Steps.

Special Needs Homeschooling 101

special needs homeschooling 101Do 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 Disorder, autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, bi-polar disorder, Down Syndrome and a myriad of other syndromes. Included in this mix are acronyms like PDD, OCD, CAPD, ODD. Oh my, what is a parent to do?

In this podcast, you will learn of my dilemma of how to help our oldest daughter, Jenee’ who was born with special needs.  God’s providence brought me to The NeuroDevelopmental Approach and changed both of our lives.  Unaware that homeschooling even existed, a move to Dallas, TX and attending a new church brought that possibility to my family in 1986 when homeschooling was still illegal in many parts of the US.

No matter where you are in your journey with your special needs child, whether you are just now considering home school for this special person in your life or are a veteran, all need encouragement and equipping past the current knowledge level.  Be assured that God will show you the way; he will equip you as he calls you.

Fear can be one of the biggest battles for a mom of a special needs child. What does the future hold for this child? What if people make fun of him or misinterpret his action? What will happen when I am not here to help her? Will friends be a part of his life? How do I afford all these therapies that she needs? As you listen this week, I hope to encourage you as well as give you ways to cast that fear aside.

This podcast, sponsored by Little Giant Steps, contains some specific strategies and curriculum recommendations to make life easier for you and your child.  I will share my story of how I laughed more and cried more over my special child than anything else in life, plus how to:

  1. See what God might be doing in you through the experience of having a special needs child
  2. Create and celebrate every small step along the way
  3. Keep yourself encouraged
  4. Equip yourself for success through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life

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

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Homeschool Success with Your Struggling Learner

Homeschool Success With Your Struggling LearnerHomeschool 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 1 in 5 US children suffer with a learning challenge, so you are not alone if you have a child that needs help for reading comprehension, help with math or has word recognition or other academic struggles.

As you may be experiencing, 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 wonder 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!  If you are just now considering homeschooling your struggling learner, I highly encourage you to do so.

Topics discussed in this podcast:

  1. School staff often recommend more one-on-one instruction for children that are struggling.  Brain Coach Tip – The best place to receive that extra attention is at home where love abounds.
  2. Often the suggestion is to label the child with a learning disorder. Brain Coach Tip – It is better find out what is causing the symptoms and address those directly instead.
  3. When parents are equipped with the right information, the sky is the limit to where their struggling learner can go.
  4. Giving input to the child instead of frustrating them by expecting so much output is important.
  5. The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life really does apply to all ages. It’s simply never too late!
  6. If you are new to Brain Coach Tips, you will find useful information in podcasts #17 &18 about root causes of reading and math struggles. In #15 & 16 discover answers for attention issues, and in 20, 21, and 22 you will receive answers for sensory challenges. Many of these issues are the root cause of labeling and medicating children. Changing the brain’s function through specific stimulation can avoid all that and secure the functional results you are looking for.
  7. Discover ways to make your homeschool a “no more tears, learning zone.”
  8. Acquire a strategy to change the atmosphere in your home from negative to positive.
  9. Find out why your child might not be seeing correctly even though his eyes check out as 20/20.
  10. Additionally, learn the reason why your child may get stressed with a test and often can’t remember what you know that he knows.

Helping you reach far beyond the limits of labels, learning struggles, and their negative effects is our goal at Little Giant Steps. You as a homeschool mom can 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.

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

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 often upset as well.  In this episode, Dr. Jan tells her story of inconsistent recall and the frustration it caused her after studying hard only to be unable to recall the information when under the pressure of a testing situation.  The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to life can change all that if you are willing to think differently about education. The brain controls everything that you do. Thus, when you’re applying a solution for a learning challenge, the brain is where you must start. The brain needs to be organized like a container built for storing information instead of a sieve-like structure where everything leaks out. Many children miss developmental steps for good organization of the brain. The good news is that a child who is struggling to learn or who has a learning label like ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s or Autism can go back and develop this part of the brain.

 

Not only must the brain have a good, organized foundation, but it also needs a well-developed auditory and visual short term memory.  For more information on how strategic auditory processing is to overall function, refer back to podcast #14. These functional abilities include: staying on task, maturing to a proper level, socially appropriate interactions, following directions, comprehending and more. A link to free test kits for auditory and visual processing are in the handout below.

 

After the initial part of the brain’s foundation is established, the next area to consider is dominance.  As neurodevelopmentalists we consider having the same side dominance for hand (you must start here because the hand is genetically predisposed to be left or right),  eye, ear and foot to be most efficient when it comes to retrieving what you have learned. If  a person does not have same side dominance (for example, they are right handed but left eyed or eared or both), one of the most common symptoms is inconsistent recall. One day they know the information and the next day they don’t.  Other symptoms that sometimes accompany mixed dominance include: lack of an analytical thought or logic, extreme emotionality, erratic behaviors, anxiety (test or otherwise), phobias, depression and shyness.  People with mixed dominance often have low self-esteem as many things seem difficult and they relate it to intelligence or lack thereof instead of inefficiency in the brain that can be changed.

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The handout with this episode will give you the progression of neurodevelopmental programs that can make learning easier and retrieval of information second nature.  Even beyond that, The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to Life can be effective for more involved situations like those with syndromes (Down, Williams, Fetal Alcohol…) as well as sensory integration issues.

 

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