Special Replay: Neuroplasticity – Rewiring The Brain

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Special Replay: 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 do with the brain and “plasticity” is the ability to change.  Our brains are changing all the time. This is really good news when you have a struggling learner or a child with a label like dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or autism.  The key is knowing how to fuel the brain with the right kind of stimulation so it builds new pathways.  From these new pathways, the brain can receive, organize, process and store information well enough to bring it out and use it in everyday life.  With the right kind of stimulation, your brain can take little developmental steps to achieve giant strides in academics and overall function.  That is what happens when you use the products and services of Little Giant Steps.

In this episode, you will hear the experience of a teacher that had taught first grade for 17 years before using The NeuroDevelopmental Approach in her classroom in year 18.  It made a huge difference for her students and can make a difference for you and your family as well.  Applying just a little information can make all the difference in your child’s future.  We shouldn’t leave out the adults either!  It is never too late to change the brain.  Two ladies in their 50’s, one a reading tutor and the other a Montessori teacher who had always struggled with reading comprehension, raised their reading comprehension score by 3 ½ years in only four months’ time.   And guess what? They didn’t do any specific reading program.  All it took was organization and specific stimulation to the brain and their abilities radically changed.

 

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Special Replay: Draw Close To God In A Busy World

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Draw Close To God In A Busy WorldSpecial Replay:  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 have a child that has special learning needs as gifted children do or learning labels like dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or autism, life can get much more complicated.  Pastor Alan gives examples of why life can seem like a blur and how to slow down and be available to hear God speak to you. God has answers for us for every situation in life if we quiet ourselves and give Him an opportunity to speak.

You will also enjoy some wisdom from Alan on how to enhance your marriage in this podcast.

Be sure to get a copy of his book, Walking with God in a World Gone Busy at www.LittleGiantSteps.com.  It will help you:

  • See Biblical examples of how cultural expectations and busyness hindered people from enjoying God’s presence.
  • Build your faith by being fully present with God in the midst of your busy day.
  • Realize the signs and symptoms of a busy, distracted life and the solutions to it.
  • Understand simple steps you can take to enjoy more “God Moments”.
  • Live a productive life without being overwhelmed and busy.

This book makes a great gift for adult friends, family and associates!

“Walking with God in a World Gone Busy”

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Special Needs Resources

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Special Needs Resources with SPED HomeschoolDo you have a child with special needs?  Are you lost, and you don’t know where to turn for help?  Do you just need some encouragement? Today Dr. Jan Bedell talks with Peggy Ployhar, the CEO and founder of SPED Homeschool.  The mission for SPED Homeschool is – Helping students succeed through parent directed special education homeschooling.

Peggy, the guest on Brain Coach Tips this week, is a homeschool mom, writer, speaker, blogger and has served in two state home school organizations as their special needs advisor.   Peggy’s life has been full of special needs situations as her parents adopted 10 children with special needs and she home schooled both of her sons that had special learning requirements.

Peggy brings many years of knowledge about special needs home schooling to this interview and can guide you to resources to help in your journey of home schooling your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS), Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD, CP, Down, or a myriad of other syndromes.  Peggy will also share her dreams and vision for SPED Homeschool, a nonprofit organization that serves the Special Needs Homeschool Community.

Listen in to today’s Brain Coach Tips interview.

 


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Etiquette Made Easy

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Etiquette Made Easy with The Etiquette FactoryDo your children have an awareness of the impact of good etiquette?  Today Dr. Jan Bedell speaks with Monica Irvine from The Etiquette Factory about how life-enhancing proper etiquette can be.

“If you are not taught, you don’t know,” is what Monica has learned from speaking with parents who have used her products. It is never too early to start your children on the road to good manners.  Monica has help for all ages.  Preschoolers to high schoolers can benefit from these life-enhancing social graces.  These lessons touch on everything from wedding and funeral etiquette to cellphone manners.  Monica has been told by many parents that their children have grown in confidence when they understand these etiquette skills.

“Children learn best when they can relate [to their environment] with the [proper] etiquette skill,”  says Monica.  Our society no longer teaches etiquette the way it has been taught in the past.  Our children need to be taught because we are sending messages to others no matter what we do.  Do we want to send a message that we are thinking of others or thinking of ourselves?  Tune in, to today’s Brain Coach Tips to learn how to teach your children how valuable it is to prefer others in social situations.

Behavior Alert – What’s the Root?

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Behavior Alert - What's the Root? With Dr. Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach!Do you have a child that is constantly in trouble?  They don’t look at you when you talk to them.  They don’t follow directions.  They don’t answer when spoken to. They will not sit still and do their school work.  Guess what? This may not be defiance!

Dr. Jan has worked with clients using the NeuroDevelopmental Approach for over 20 years.  She has seen dynamic change in children after addressing the root cause of what, on the surface, seemed like poor behavior.   Of course, we are all born with a sin nature, but that is not always the sole cause of problematic conduct.  If a child skips a NeuroDevelopmental step, there may be an issue with how they see, hear, or process, which can manifest as “bad” behavior. But there is still hope! Because we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we can still develop the pathways needed to complete these steps.

Dr. Jan will ask you to think differently about why your children are responding the way they are behaviorally.  She will discuss some of the root causes of behavioral issues and introduce you to what you can do to fix them.  Are you ready to have peace and harmony in your home?  Tune in to the Brain Coach Tip of the Day.

 

 

 


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But I Want To Go To College

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But I Want to Go To College!  The Brain CoachDo your children want to go to college? Do you wonder if they can succeed? Are they struggling just to make it through high school? Is taking a test a daunting prospect? This week you will hear an inspirational testimony of a seventeen-year-old who realized his life-long dream of going to college by using The NeuroDevelopmental Approach.

As parents we want our children to achieve their greatest potential! Dr. Jan gives helpful tips about simple activities that can be performed with children of all ages do so they don’t struggle academically. To be successful learners, we need organized brains, good short-term memory and correct mental storage of information. All of these are requirements so information is found easily and used efficiently. This is what the NeuroDevelopmental Approach is all about! Dr. Jan has been working for over 20 years to bring hope to struggling learners.

Listen to the Brain Coach Tips for today to get your healthy dose of hope. These tips will help whether your child is in college or wants to go to college in the future. Checkout the handout for mentioned products and discount codes.

 

 


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ADD Resolved

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ou do not have to watch your child struggle or be held back because of their ADD symptoms. Tune in to Brain Coach Tips for help!Do you have a child that is distracted, disorganized or impulsive?   Has someone suggested that they are ADD and they need to be put on medication to reach their full potential?   

Today Dr. Jan visits with Michelle, Little Giant Steps’ Director of Parent Support, about her encounter with the ND Approach with her two sons.  Michelle shares her family’s story, the struggles her boys were having and their triumphs!   Because of these triumphs, Michelle has continued with Little Giant Steps so that she can assist others in achieving their victories. 

There is hope. You don’t have to accept the labels. You do not have to watch your child struggle or be held back because of their ADD symptoms.  The ND approach can make these symptoms a thing of the past just as it did for Michelle and her son. 

You can visit https://www.littlegiantsteps.com/add-adhd to see documented results of ADD and ADHD students who have worked through the NeuroDevelopmental Program.  Listen in to The Brain Coach Tips today and find hope through Michelle’s story.

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Reading Struggles

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Reading StrugglesDo you have a child that is a struggling reader?  Have you wondered if your child has dyslexia?   Once again Dr. Jan asks us to think differently and drop the thought of labels.  Labels are given when you can check off a number of present symptoms. What good is that?  The Neurodevelopmental Approach looks at what is causing the symptoms and finding solutions for those symptoms.

Common symptoms of dyslexia are difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling.  To be able to read, you need to have good visual abilities. To write, you need to know where you are spatially so that you can make your hand move across the page accurately. To spell correctly, the ability to visualize is extremely important.  Don’t know what all this means?  Listen to the podcast for a thorough explanation.

If your child has symptoms such as difficulty blending sounds into words, reversing letters, and/or reading slowly or hesitantly, don’t despair. Dr. Jan shares possible causes and solutions for these struggles.  There is hope. If you address the problems, these symptoms diminish or disappear entirely.  Once these issues are no longer troublesome, students quickly catch up to their peers.

This week’s Brain Coach Tip will start you down the path to taking the struggles out of reading.  You will also learn how you can be proactive with your preschool child to avoid reading struggles in their future.

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We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

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Stressed Child – SOS!

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SOS! Stressed Child - with the Brain Coach, Dr. Jan Bedell.

Is your homeschool struggling with stress?  A stressed-out child or momma can make for a long day!  Dr. Jan discusses some of the things that can cause stress in your homeschool life and gives some practical solutions, once again, she asks you to think differently.

Metabolic challenges can cause gut issues and more. These chemistry imbalances in the body, in turn, can cause foggy thinking, poor sleep patterns, allergies, frequent colds, as well as opening the door to disease.  When we don’t feel well we don’t deal well.

Metabolic issues can be a significant factor but if the brain is disorganized that can be a huge stressor. Developmental inefficiencies can be addressedThe NeuroDevelopmental Approach, which Dr. Jan has studied and implemented for over 25 year, allows an individual to function better. With the knowledge you gain from the study of the NeuroDevelopmental Approach For Life, you can hold the key to releasing the full potential of every member of your family.

Dr. Jan gives practical solutions for bringing down the stress when doing math and reading.   She also reminds us that we are all uniquely created by God, each with our own strengths and weaknesses.   God has shown her that He has created our brains in such a way that those weakness don’t have to lead to learning labels like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD and other such limiting conditions.


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Cornerstone of Math

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Cornerstone of Math with the Brain Coach, Dr. Jan BedellIs your child struggling with math? Do you have a gifted child that needs to secure a good math foundation that will let them soar? Is your 5, 9 or 15 year old having trouble remembering their math facts? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, this is the podcast for you!

Dr. Jan will lead you through the foundation and cornerstone of math.

Foundation:
1. Rote counting – Counting CD
2. Understanding quantity – first count accurately, then be able to look at fingers, pictures on a page, and dice and be able to recognize the quantity
3. Counting from any random number to a specific number
4. Skip Counting
5. Concept of math operations:
a. What is addition, subtraction, multiplication or division?
b. Progression through the different aspects of each operation, i.e. multi-digit addition all the way through 2 and 3 digit division. This progression is made available through Visual Circle Math
(downloadable & printed copy), a way to advance quickly through understanding of concepts if a child is advanced in math. Great also for remediation if a child is struggling with math as
they can go at their own pace. Also available in: Visual Circle Math (download only)

6. Word problems – holding pieces together long enough to figure out what is important information requires good auditory processing.

 

Get your free Auditory Processing Test Kit at LittleGiantSteps.com
Cornerstone:
Math Facts – Rapid Recall System be sure to choose the operation you want (addition, subtraction, etc. or get all four operations at a major discount).
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Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.