I had to share this with you!
I decided today to try and start again to read Ethan the Story of the World. This is a good curriculum for history. Up until now, Ethan could never understand what I read. Seriously, I would read two sentences and ask him details about the two sentences and he literally couldn’t process it to answer any of my questions. So, of course didn’t continue reading it. Today when I read it to him, he not only could understand it, answer questions about some detail but we finished a section. We then discussed the section and he did an activity about it! I can’t believe it!!!!!! I now see soon I can teach him topics pertaining to actual curriculum ❤️❤️❤️ literally Praise to God!!!
I thought you would love to hear this!
“When I was asked to use one word to describe our experience with Brain Sprints formerly Little Giant Steps, I said, “life-changing!” When we first met Dr. Jan, Jonathan was really struggling in his school work. As a 3rd grader, he couldn’t read well, couldn’t spell anything, and was forgetting his alphabet. He could hardly copy from the white board and his writing was not smooth and legible. Emotionally, he was insecure, shy and very down about himself. He hated school work and didn’t want to play with his 3 other brothers. As a home school mom, I tried to help him, but nothing worked.
When we first started the program, I was overwhelmed with all that needed to be worked on. The first 8 months, we saw little improvement, but he was making progress. After this, I made therapy the number one priority. We got up at 6:00 a.m. to do chores, etc. and started doing activities at 7:30. That’s when we started to see big changes. In our excitement, we added two of our other boys to the progam.
After two years of hard work and determination, Jonathan is finally a different person. He is in the 6th grade and reading on an 8th grade level and loves to read! He is spelling and remembering. School is enjoyable now and he does very well. He can copy from the board. He is making straight A’s in 7th grade math and really likes it. He now laughs and plays games with his brothers and friends. He has become outgoing and confident.”
“Our son came up two years academically in 3 months. The biggest indicator of progress to me has been that he is reading for pleasure! His problems are quite minor compared to what many families are dealing with, we were just frustrated at the lack of progress in several areas and felt like we needed an outside viewpoint.”
“Thomas has turned a corner in the past two weeks. His emotional swings are less and his outlook on life is bright. He’s cleaned his room nicely without being reminded a zillion times, and his “maturity” level has increased — even his teenage sister is complimenting him and commenting on his changes. We are so encouraged. Blessings to you all.”
“We are so very happy with the program. For the first four months, my 17 year-old daughter did very little structured academics. We focused on the Neurodevelopmental Activities on her program instead. At every question I had of “Should I continue this?”, her evaluator, Ruth Young, would answer, “Let’s just wait, it will be easier in a few months.” At our four month evaluation, I was shocked at the progress Sarah had made. Her reading comprehension jumped from a 7th grade level to an 11th grade level in just 4 months. A few days after the evaluation, I heard my daughter read for the first time since long before she started with the program and I joyfully listened to her read at an adult level for the first time in her life. Sarah has attempted Algebra on two previous occasions and I had just about given up hope that she would ever understand. After the four month evaluation, we started Algebra again for the third time and this time she gets it! She has taken 5 Algebra tests and her scores have ranged from 80% to 100%. It is like teaching a different child. Even when she doesn’t understand something, her reactions are usually much more mature. Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“My youngest son, David, was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) when he was 8 years old. He was in pretty bad shape at the time; he was rocking and biting himself, he had a very limited vocabulary and could not speak in sentences, he was having night terrors and he was depressed, and he was functioning academically at about a Kindergarten level. I met Dr. Jan Bedell when David was about 10 years old and we began working on the Brain Sprints program and the process of recreating David into what I believe God intended.Today, David is a happy, well-adjusted, independent 21 year-old and a shining light among his co-workers, community and church family. David is very active in our church. He has struggled for years with both expressive and receptive language delays but now he is leading public prayers and leading singing. The only medication he is taking is for his allergies, no anti-depressants. He is working full-time for the Garland ISD maintenance department and he loves his job! He has been driving for about 2 years and about a year ago, he purchased a used truck (with cash). He takes care of all the upkeep, maintenance, insurance, etc. for his truck; he makes his own breakfast and lunch every day, he keeps up with his laundry and buys new clothes and anything else he needs. He is still living at home but he is very independent and we are hopeful that he will be able to live on his own in a few years.
We have worked with David using the Neurodevelopmental Approach off and on for about 10 years now. We did 2 years of program with him when we first met Jan; then we took about a 4 year break. Then, Jan would receive some training in a certain area and we would try out her newly required skills on David from time to time (and David would take another giant leap in development!)
About a year ago, we started David on yet another program, doing all of the new cross-pattern activities that Jan had recently been trained on. David was very faithful with his program for about 10 months. After just the first 2 months, we, along with his job coach at the time, began seeing some improvements in David’s language skills; one of the last hurtles for David. He was picking up things off of the TV and from sermons that he had never picked up on before and he was also able to express his feelings to us for the first time.
Recently, on Mother’s Day, my 21 year-old “disabled” son, whom a pediatric neurologist once told me would never graduate from high school, never hold down a job, never drive and never live on his own…wrote me the sweetest Mother’s Day note. Here it is…
Thanks for taking care of me through the years. Ephesians 6:1 says, ‘Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.’ I completed that mission. You inspired me to do the right thing. You showed me how to express my feelings. You helped me not to get mad at certain people. You showed me how to love.
Thanks so much for all you do. I love you, mom!
Your Son, David Thompson”
My husband later told me that David came up with the words he wanted to say and typed it up on the computer and all my husband did was help him spell a few words. When I asked David how I helped him to express his feelings and not get mad, he said it was because of the “therapy” (floor exercises) that I made him do last year. These floor activities stimulated the pons area of David’s brain, and David understands that these activities helped him to get in touch with his feelings and to be able to express his feelings, as well as control them.
I thank God every time I look at David that He lead us to Brain Sprints.”
“My son was 10 years old, in the 4th grade and having problems at school (and other places), becoming too emotional in class and causing problems with off-task behavior. When he did get really upset, it took him a very long time to calm down. He was brilliant at some times and totally absent-minded at others; having trouble recalling what he had mastered the day before. Focusing on tasks for 15 minutes was a real challenge and his work required constant supervision for him to complete assignments. He longed to play with other children but would withdraw when playmates were around. He was hypersensitive to touch and had trouble controlling his hands. There were other issues as well.
We took our son to an Educational Diagnostician and a Pediatric Neurologist. Both professionals agreed he was a bright child with mild ADHD. One advised medication and the other did not. Then, I heard a talk given on neurodevelopment and what kinds of problems it can correct. It was as if they were talking about our son. We had our son evaluated and began a course of neurodevelopment.
By the end of 6 weeks, he began to be able to skip; he had never been able to do this. By the end of four months, he was going to the principal’s office less than once a week, before it had been 2 — 3 times a week. By the end of the school semester, at about 5 months, his interaction with his peers had dramatically changed and he was not so solitary as before.
During the summer, he surprised us by swimming in a straight line across the pool (without any coaching). In summers past, he always swam in a curve, since one side of his body would not do what the other side would (3 years of swimming lessons had been unable to correct this).
This year, in the 5th grade, we have seen steady progress. Our son can now stay on task for hours a time and can remember much better what he has learned. He has not been to the principal’s office once! There have been some upsets during recess, but they are much milder and less frequent than before. He is carrying an E (for excellent) in conduct and all of the staff at school remarks about the change.
Sunday School and Children’s Church workers all have noticed the difference in his behavior. Even some of his classmates come up to his mother and tell her how much different our son is this year. We are not finished with our son’s neurodevelopment work but we have seen such a dramatic improvement. This neurodevelopment thing really works! Everyone is a lot happier at our house these days. Neurodevelopment is an answer to prayer.”
“I am so thankful and grateful to be able to share this approach with others. It is so strange to me that so many of my friends have children with issues that can be helped by the neurodevelopmental approach. It was such an answer to prayer for us that I just can’t help but share your program with others when I see them struggling. I am praying that the Lord will continue to use my family to reach others that feel hopeless and that are looking for an answer. The neurodevelopmental approach makes more sense than anything else out there. All of the testimonies tell me that this works. I will continue to share this approach whenever the Lord gives me the opportunity.
The icing on the cake is that you are Christians. When I first began researching for an answer to our problems, I prayed that the Lord would show me where to get help and that the people would be coming from a Christian view. I did not want to deal with anybody that would give me a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. What a blessing you all have been to my family! We appreciate your dedication in helping us more than you will ever know!”
“Believe it or not, after 3 days on program and actively working to decrease Mazey’s stemming (constant clucking sounds), she began to say more words and sing songs instead. Her special Education teacher sent a note home that Mazey was much more verbal in class on Tuesday. Yeah!!! Thanks for your support.”
“John was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2005 while in first grade at our local public school. He could barely write legibly, spelling tests were impossible and he was in the lowest reading group in the class. He couldn’t remember ‘sight words’ (i.e. ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘an’) that he had studied the night before and he struggled with math concepts. He started saying things like “I’m not a very smart boy” and getting upset when he couldn’t do his homework. Since John was still making good grades on his report card, he didn’t qualify for services within our school district, so we withdrew him from public school and began our search for help.
From 2005 to 2008, John attended three different schools, spent two years in private tutoring with a reading specialist and we spent over $30,000 in private school tuition, tutoring and testing with very little progress. In 2008, we finally found hope at the most unlikely of places, a home school curriculum fair, where Dr. Jan Bedell of Brain Sprints was giving a presentation.
We began the program in October of 2008 and have been working through the program for sixteen months. We have had great results, especially in reading comprehension and word recognition. John’s reading comprehension went up two grade levels in the first four months of the program and went up another two grade levels over the next year – four grade levels in sixteen months! His word recognition increased almost four grade levels within this same time period. His auditory and visual processing has greatly improved, too, which has helped him in all areas of study. John can now read with much greater ease and confidence. He is able to ‘see’ more effectively when reading, no longer passing over punctuation marks or losing his place. He has made great strides as a result of the ‘Brain Sprints’ program.
I always knew John was bright and I am so thankful to the program for helping us open the door for future academic success.”
“Within just one week after starting program, our son (moderately autistic, severe language delay) was stimming noticeably less (particularly with doors and light switches) and engaging more appropriately in play. He is also much less ticklish on his feet and around his neck. This makes it so much easier to put shirts and socks on!!!”
“My 16-year-old son has always excelled with fine motor skills, and academically he’s had no real problems. I have always noticed, however, that he was lacking in gross motor skills. He could walk and talk and do all the essential things, but he was uncoordinated and not athletic at all. He has had a job for over a year, is very artistic, likeable, funny and talented. I always worked under the theory that some people are just stronger in some areas than others, and he’s just not an athlete. No problem — he excelled in other areas, so no big deal.
When he turned 15, I started trying to teach him how to drive. There were the usual problems at first of making turns too wide or too tight, etc. My more experienced friends told me to be patient, that those skills would come. But after many times behind the wheel, I began to wonder if he would ever “get it.” He wasn’t noticing cars turning in front of him, would only brake when I yelled to STOP (after saying slow down, start braking, and other encouragements, until it became necessary to scare him into actually stopping), wasn’t noticing when lights would turn yellow or that it had turned red, or even that there was a signal ahead at all. I would tell him to turn into the next subdivision, or some other such instruction, and he would say okay and then just not even slow down. I kept wondering what his mind was on that he wasn’t paying attention to me or the road or anything.
I took a break and a family friend worked with him for a time. The results were the same — my son couldn’t stay in his lane, didn’t seem to be paying attention, and came precariously close to driving full speed into ditches and other cars. No matter how much practice he had, he wasn’t improving. Over the course of several months, I had come to realize that my son was more than just uncoordinated. He had a lack of spatial awareness that was severely affecting his driving ability, and probably other areas of his life that I was unaware of.
I had heard about Brain Sprints formerly Little Giant Steps and the neurodevelopmental approach from friends, and I wondered if the program could help my son. I had mostly heard of the program helping kids with dyslexia and auditory processing problems, so I wasn’t sure if my son could be helped, but I wanted to check it out. We had our first evaluation five weeks ago and were given exercises and activities that were supposed to help. Last weekend, I finally took my son driving again, and there was a world of difference! From the very beginning of the driving session, he turned into the correct lane, stayed in his lane, kept the proper distance from other cars, was aware of other traffic, paid attention to traffic signals, etc.
I am so excited about his progress! We still have some practicing to do for sure. I have been letting my son drive everywhere we go, and I have noticed that the longer the session, the less he pays attention. But I am greatly encouraged that with practice and continued participation in the program, he will be a safe driver within a couple months.”
“Yesterday Stephen was reading his 1st grade Pathway pretty smoothly & easily, so I stopped him. I suggested we try the 2nd grade reader that I have from Rod & Staff. He had shown some interest in it a few months ago, but it was too hard. I put it in front of him yesterday & he read 90% of it quickly with little assistance from me. Then later that night I caught him in bed with a flash light reading ahead of his “lesson”. This morning he is at it again. Instead of doing his chart after breakfast he’s in here reading to himself relaxed in the hammock!!! (I’m not going to stop him either!!) When he gets stuck on a word, he just asks me, & then continues on. It’s really bolstered his confidence considerably. Just thought I’d share. I knew that you would rejoice with me over any progress. What a joy to see him reading cause he “wants” to! He is tackling the words he doesn’t know instead of crying “I can’t”.
Thank you, God. Thank you, Ruth. I’ve waited 10 years for this day.”
“When I was asked to use one word to describe our experience with Brain Sprints, I said, “freeing!” I knew Joseph was smart, but how he daydreamed! He had a hard time focusing and when he did math, he jumped all over the page. It took him hours to get school work done. Also, he would have little bursts of frustration with his brothers and was hard to reason with. I was tired of always having to keep my eye on him and everything.
After the improvement in his brother’s life, we decided to have Joseph join the program. Joseph really took the initiative and woke up early and did 2 hours of therapy before his other school work. It has been very freeing to see him change. At completion, he is reading at 10th grade level. He is actually enjoying Algebra and he can focus and complete his work twice as fast. He doesn’t skip around anymore. I do not have to check on him constantly and he is trustworthy to get his schoolwork done. He gets along so much better with his brothers and will actually reason out situations. He is much calmer, yet fun and still our comedian.”
“I want to take a moment to share with you how excited we are about Miles’ progress. His improvement of more than 4 grade levels over the last 8 months is fantastic! Thank you for your periodic reassurance to keep at it and your reminder that progress takes time.
For any of your other families that question whether continuing with the program has value I can only say, the change in your child may not be obvious since it is incremental and you are seeing him or her every day. Trust your initial desire to help your child.
As each of Miles’ reevaluations approached I repeatedly wondered whether I should stop “wasting” our money. Was he making progress? Was this an exercise of futility? Miles has made a tremendous leap in ability in less than a year. The sense of achievement and pride that Miles enjoyed when he saw the results of his reevaluation was worth everything to us.”
“Wow! Nate is really doing so well with academics now. He is learning his math facts, a new vocabulary word every day and his reading has just soared over the last few weeks. Now that his auditory digit span is up to six, he is able to sound out words phonetically.
The most amazing changes have occurred in the way he relates to people and life around him. We recently took a family vacation to Orlando, FL. It was wonderful – because of Brain Sprints, my son was able to “cope” with large crowds, changes going on, communicated with people, and was socially interactive with people. He even found a friend at the pool – a little British boy that was his age that was there on vacation. A year ago, we went on the same trip (my husband goes to an annual conference in Orlando) and it was a total nightmare. Nate couldn’t deal with anything. It was an awful time. This time, he was just like any other “normal” child; instead of freaking out, he would say to me, “…mom, my feet hurt and I’m hungry…” which was a blessing to us. We purchased a behind the scenes walking tour Sea World – got to pet a penguin and a shark, got to feed stingrays and dolphins, we had lunch with Shamu, etc. He participated in all of it – an enjoyed it to boot! It was a great family vacation for us – thank you so much for helping us help him. I can’t thank you enough!
Brain Sprints has changed our lives. This summer is totally different than past summers. Nate wants to spend time with friends, fishing, sleepovers, art camp, science camp, swimming lessons, etc. He’s changed into this social child that we’ve never seen before – thanks to our efforts via Brain Sprints. This is absolutely so exciting to see this change in Nate! Thanks for giving us the tools to change his life…”
“My husband and I have one son who has been on program for 6 months. We home school our children. Our middle son did not start learning to read until he was 7 years old, and reading and spelling have always been difficult for him. We are mainly working on visual dominance, macular reflection, and tactility issues. I sometimes feel like the “Patch Patrol” constantly reminding him to wear his patch! And then, there are the dreaded “bug glasses” as we like to call them (pinhole glasses)! We have also worked on visual and auditory sequential processing, conceptualization, and articulation. At our 4 month re-evaluation, we were so encouraged with the results. We saw changes/progress in all areas, including a 2 grade level jump in all academic testing areas. I was especially thrilled with his improvement in reading decoding which is very weak. We have yet to see improvement in spelling, but I have faith that it will follow once his visual dominance and reflection problems are completely corrected. I am sold on the benefits of this program and so very thankful for it and the work of our evaluator. It has been an answer to prayer!”
“I am writing to you today to tell you about my experience with Brain Sprints formerly Little Giant Steps. I brought my son to you when he was in first grade because the private school he attended told me that if I didn’t put him on medication for ADHD they would expel him from the school. I had recently picked up a brochure about your program and so I scheduled an appointment with you instead. That was the best decision that I ever made for my son. We began the therapy and within as little as two weeks I saw a dramatic improvement. The principal of the school also told me that he saw a, “night and day difference”, in my son. He told me to keep doing whatever I was doing. We continued the therapy for about 4 years and over that time I saw amazing changes in my son’s behavior. The changes were permanent not just a masking of symptoms as are the medications. To this day my son is calm and one cannot even tell that he ever had ADHD. I am so thankful that we did not have to put my son on the medication because all medications have side effects and consequences. The neuro-developmental program has no side effects and no negative consequences. I have told so many people about this program because I believe in it so much. My son believes as well. He has thanked me many times for not putting him on the medication and for using your program instead. He is now 18 years old and your program changed his life.”
“When we came to Brain Sprints two years ago, Timothy was barely passing 2nd grade. He wasn’t reading very well, couldn’t remember things that he learned the day before, couldn’t concentrate because the noise in the classroom bothered him and he was just really frustrated. At home, just cleaning his room was extremely overwhelming for him.
One of the first things we noticed after he was on the program for about four months is that he was able to clean and organize his room with little supervision. It is like we have a different child!
Timothy has been back in public school for 4th grade (after being home schooled for 1½ years and focusing on the program) and is making mostly A’s and a few B’s. His reading has improved beyond our wildest hopes. He has improved exponentially in every academic area. His teacher said, “I don’t know what you did with him, but this is not the same child as in 2nd grade.”
I met with Timothy’s dyslexia teacher recently because she sent out results of her end of year testing. Even though the report showed that his scores increased in every area, I wanted to know if this was satisfactory progress. His teacher said, “No it wasn’t just ok progress, it was GREAT progress!”. She said he was the “STAR of the class” and that all of the students look to him. For example, at the beginning of the year he could read 15 out 50 words. At the end of the year he could read 45 out of 50 of the words on this specific test. She said most kids do not make this much progress the first year!!! She said, “You know, he still has a whole year left in this class.”
Here are Timothy’s TAKS scores for this year:
• Reading: 93 (only missed 3 out of 40). This score is one point away from “commended”.
• Math: 82 (only missed 8 out of 42). Because of this score, he will not be pulled out of class next year for math tutoring.
• Writing: 72 (only missed 7 out of 28). His writing improved a lot this year and I know it will continue to improve next year.
We are so proud of him and he is proud of himself, also. These scores are just more evidence to substantiate that the ND approach to learning is incredibly successful!”
Another amazing thing happened this week. “B” actually asked me if he could start doing school work again! I did not ever imagine this would happen. I gave “B” a clean piece of paper and pencil. Next, I told him I would set the timer for 5 minutes. During that time, he was to write as much as he possibly could about why he is excited about our upcoming trip.
When I started the timer, “B” immediately began to write. No whining. No complaining. No asking why he had to write. This was a first! In addition, he actually wrote three sentences. He spelled words correctly which he had never been able to spell before. It was amazing! I pointed out all the positive improvements about his writing and he genuinely smiled! I told him that this kind of improvement seems to indicate to me that we will be able to start doing one school subject very soon. I would appreciate your suggestions about this.
Oh, and “B” went the entire week without having to suffer the consequences in our behavior program!
I thank you with all my heart!
It’s hard to feel successful when you are parenting a child who is delayed.
It’s easy to feel like you simply don’t have what it takes.
That was how our story with Brain Sprints formerly Little Giant Steps began.
From the time our son had just turned three years old, he endured many appointments with various doctors, all trying to determine why his speech wasn’t developing properly. It seemed each doctor or evaluator had a different idea of what was or wasn’t wrong and what we should or shouldn’t do. With our heads spinning and a growing sense of anxiety, we tried a number of recommended avenues and nothing worked.
…until we found Brain Sprints, that is.
From the moment we met her, we knew Dr. Jan saw potential in our son. She gave us hope and equipped us with the tools we needed to help our son move forward, both developmentally and academically.
Does this process require a lot of work and dedication? Yes.
Did we have to make changes in our schedule and the way in which we did things? Certainly.
Did it change our lives? Definitely.
Was it worth it? Absolutely.
As home-schooling parents, we struggled with the prospect of teaching a delayed child whose starting point we couldn’t really evaluate. He couldn’t express to us what he already knew, so how could we teach him? With the help of Brain Sprints, however, we soon found ourselves in a position to better understand his needs and recognize his progress. By the time he was age-appropriate to begin Kindergarten, we knew just what to do. By first grade, his speech was understandable and his progress was remarkable. He was reading and spelling at a much higher level than his age would suggest and his math skills were approaching a third grade level. He continues to astound us and those around us on a regular basis, thanks to the help of Dr. Jan and Brain Sprints.
“I am happy to say that due to all the help you gave us, Baylor has transitioned very smoothly into the classroom environment. He continues to excel in math – he has a 98% average in Saxon 54. His language arts skills are also coming along smoothly. His attention span continues to improve – although he still struggles to stay on task. He got very good feedback from his teachers and I feel like we have the tools to continue on this journey toward being all that God made him to be. We so appreciate all that you taught us and I recommend you and your products often!! Thank you so much!!“
“We knew something was wrong with our 9 year old daughter when her younger sister could read better than she could, but my husband and I had no idea why or how to help her. It wasn’t until she was 11 years old, and in a homeschool co-op with other peers, that we realized how much her delays affected her view of herself and her ability to interact with others.
As homeschool moms, we have the ability to shelter our children from negative peer influences, bullying and the like, but I hadn’t realized how even positive peer influences wound the heart of struggling learners. Our daughter knew she was behind and couldn’t read like her friends. She would retreat to Mom whenever she grew uncomfortable with her limitations. It was one of only a few coping mechanisms she had for the internal struggles that ensued.
I knew I had to do something, anything, to help her overcome her learning challenges. We suspected Dyslexia when the usual switching of her B’s and D’s lingered. She would skip words, start reading a word she couldn’t decode and fill in the wrong word with one that started with similar letters. She complained of headaches when she did academics. Keeping her on task and getting her schoolwork done everyday put a strain on our relationship and our days typically ended in tears.
I had no idea it would be such a challenge for a homeschooler to get help. Even tried and true homeschool sources couldn’t offer any resources that we could afford. As with many homeschoolers, we have both a large family (8 children) and a single income. So we searched and searched, bet couldn’t seem to find any way for her to be tested or evaluated to see if she truly had Dyslexia or something else. I was also concerned that even a Dyslexia diagnosis would not help us to fix the problem for her.
After trying a developmental pediatrician through our insurance we were told she had ADD and should be put on Ritalin. We knew this was a wrong diagnosis; her issues had nothing to do with an inability to stay on task, and everything to do with her inability to read at grade level. We felt like we were back at square one with no real options to help our daughter overcome her challenges. We were at our wits end, yet we owed it to her to find something to help her reach her potential.
My frustration came up one day when speaking to a friend and fellow homeschool mom who shared with us that another mutual friend had similar issues with her daughter and that she not only overcame her issues, but advanced to college level work by the age of 16 using the program.
Hope returned. We learned about this program called Brain Sprints, which uses a neurodevelopmental approach to addressing a gamut of learning disabilities. The approach has found that certain children have incomplete neuropathways that cause the brain to become disorganized and information is stored and recalled improperly. By doing certain exercises, these pathways are completed and the brain becomes properly organized so that information can be stored and retrieved efficiently and without obstacles.
When our daughter was first evaluated by a NeuroDevelopmental specialist, we were shocked to discover that she couldn’t skip across a room, crawl or track an object with her eyes. Though she seemed to go through all the stages of development as expected as an infant and toddler, it was clear that there were pathways that were not complete and likely the source of her reading challenges and other physical manifestations we hadn’t realized before.
We began the journey of healing. And we are so relieved and grateful. In the first four months alone, our daughter improved one and a half grade levels! Along the way, an extra blessing surfaced. Our daughter had also been diagnosed with scoliosis. The curvature of her spine had advanced so drastically and so quickly that the doctor believed she would require a brace. But to our surprise, her scoliosis not only arrested, it receded (which is medically unheard of) due to a hanging exercises required by her neurodevelopmental program.
Our daughter is not even halfway through our eighteen month commitment, but she has made significant strides and for the first time in a long time we, with God’s help, feel she is FINALLY on the path toward healing… healing for both body and soul.”
When I was asked to use one word to describe our experience with Brain Sprints formerly Little Giant Steps, I said, “blessing”. Molly was adopted at age 20 months from Ukraine in 2004. We put her in a small private school for preschool and then eventually for kindergarten. She would get in the car each day and was upset that the teacher kept “skipping her.” When I met with the teacher she explained that Molly was not focused and was not consistent with her letters and sounds. One day, she would call an “A” and “A”, and the next day she would call an “A” a number. She thought Molly was a behavioral problem or ADHD. We took Molly to the pediatrician and he thought “maybe” she was ADHD.
I did some research and found Brain Sprints. We met with Trudy Landis, a Neuro-Developmentalist, and quickly found out that Moly suffered from Auditory Processing Disorder, not ADHD. Molly had spent the first two years of her life in an orphanage. She did not crawl (due to superstitions at her orphanage) and that had a negative effect on her development. Trudy worked with us for years on developing a plan to fit Molly’s needs. She went from not reading at age 6, to within months, reading “Cat in the Hat.” We were amazed and shocked!
The staff at Brain Sprints have been amazing throughout the years. Listening to Dr. Jan and her personal testimony brought my husband and I to tears, but it gave us hope and it gave Molly a fighting chance.
Now 13, Molly is reading at a 12th grade level and thriving in homeschool.. We recommend Brain Sprints to everyone we meet that may be having a tough time in learning. We believe in the program and know that it works. It has been a lifesaver for us and for our precious Molly.
We now live in Florida and our youngest daughter (age 8) has been diagnosed with dyslexia. I am excited to see Dr. Jan at the FPEA convention and look forward to her recommendations with our daughter.
Thank you Dr. Jan and the whole team for being a light at the end of a dark tunnel.
We are very grateful for all that the program has done for Sarah. I never expected her to jump ahead in the areas mentioned so quickly. I am sure it is because of the progress we made with Brain Sprints. I have enjoyed working with you. I have learned so much.
“To say my son’s handwriting was bad is to put it mildly. It was (to borrow from Judith Viorst), “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad” handwriting — which breaks my heart to say, because he tried so very hard. It’s as if his hands just didn’t work right. We tried everything to help him: We bought handwriting workbooks. We tried copy work. We quickly gave up on dictation. It seemed that everything we tried only added to Jake’s frustration, and the more we practiced the worse it got. We couldn’t understand — why was this so difficult? For years I kept thinking things like, “At least it can’t get any worse!” or “He’s just a boy and all boys have bad handwriting, right?” or “There’s always typing!” It was such a source of frustration that we had all but given up. And then we found LGS.
Eventually, Dr. Jan would teach us about mixed dominance and its effect upon motor control. We began doing the prescribed exercises, and Jake began to make steady improvement in all areas. We were so hopeful! But something still wasn’t quite right; after about a year, Dr. Jan noticed Jake was regressing. Thanks to her experience, she recognized the cause immediately: Despite what we all thought (Jake included), he wasn’t right handed after all — he was a lefty!
It has taken us two years and a lot of work, but he is making amazing progress! We just started cursive this week. He’s gone from hating handwriting to enjoying it: No more complaining when I pull out the handwriting sheet, no more tears and frustration. Thank you!”
“My son, age 7, was evaluated one month ago. He has big time dominance issues but praise God, the ear muffle and eye patch are working miracles. His emotional state has gone from constantly on edge to “go with the flow”.”
“I have been writing things down that Lee has spoken to me since we began the Neurodevelopmental Program.
Some of these include:
”I am glad we are doing this instead of E- Sylvan. This is more fun and I am getting the help I need.”
“I feel like I am getting more things right because of my ear thing. I have more confidence.”
“After just four months on program, this mom wrote: “Thank you so much for the encouragement. I did give Elizabeth a “high-five,” and I could tell that she was very proud. She has learned to ride her bike and she is learning letters and numbers, finally!!! Royce and I see so much improvement in her. Thank you again.”
“A year ago, my 15 year old daughter was only able to do less than half of her 9th grade school work. I’d known for a long time that she was having problems, and I’d tried many different things to attempt to help her, but obviously, something was seriously wrong. Much prayer and searching led us to Brain Sprints formerly Little Giant Steps. We started the program with much “weeping and gnashing of teeth”, but managed to persevere, and each time she would go in for an evaluation, she showed tremendous progress. After one year, my daughter’s reading comprehension progressed from the 6th grade to college level! As we prepared to start up school again, my daughter told me she “hated” geography and literature, two subjects that we would be doing again, using the curriculum that she had bombed out on two years earlier. I tried to reassure her that she would understand it better, but she remained unconvinced. We have now done four days of school. She has already finished her literature assignments for the whole week and told me, “I even understand it!” She is also really enjoying geography. I thank God daily for Brain Sprints and the help that we have received from them!”
“Justin is much more dependable than he used to be. He can be trusted to do a job well and thoroughly and even has been trusted with training others to do some important things (milking the cow, for example).
He also has made great progress in acting in more “socially acceptable” ways. Other people used to cringe when Justin arrived. Now, they actually look forward to his company! While he still “talks too much” and occasionally too loud, he catches himself (which is a “Giant Step”) As parents, we have repeatedly rejoiced over this.
Furthermore, while Justin has never been academically behind, his nearly illegible handwriting had always been a limiting factor in his schoolwork. While his penmanship is not “textbook neat” it is now entirely legible and is no longer holding him back in his other schoolwork. He has even begun to enjoy composition work, which in the past was his most dreaded task.”
“When I was asked to use one word to describe our experience with Brain Sprints, I said, “Victorious”; my daughter said, “life-changing”. Our very first visit to the appointment with Dr. Jan Bedell was somewhat overwhelming for all of us. My husband came along, at my urging and for support. I knew we really needed him to be on board with this. (It’s harder for dads to see some of the “issues” kids have as they don’t spend as much “school time” with them. Convincing him has taken a few years.) The other reason I needed hubby along was due to the investment, we really needed him on board financially. I would have to say that cost is the only negative experience we had. It was so expensive, but so worth it.
So to this appointment we headed with trepidation: a skeptical dad, a scared and losing hope mom, and a little eight year old girl that was defiant and defeated, as up to this point nothing else had helped. She was smart enough to know that something was “different” in the way she learned and felt. We survived and headed home overwhelmed, but willing.
We worked really hard and made a little progress at our second evaluation, and then about halfway to our third evaluation something happened in Daniela. She realized that the program was really working. She felt changes taking place and began to get on board with it and with a better attitude. By the way, the behavior modification program, Token Economy, really works too!
She was a different child as she walked in to the third evaluation 10 months later. Her processing increased a solid point in every area, her math score dramatically changed 2.7 points, word recognition was improved from 2.4 to 3.3 and even comprehension increased from 2.5 to 3.2. By her fourth evaluation she was totally on board. By the fifth and final evaluation she strutted in to Jan’s office, though nervous to do her best on the test, she was confident, positive and a total advocate of the Neurodevelopmental Approach of Little Giant Steps.
This little girl has changed so much, in so many ways. But the best change is seeing her encouraged and not defeated any more. Mom has gained all hope back and dad is so pleased with the progress she’s made. He says, “It’s all been worth it, to see her change and be positive and confident in all areas has been amazing.” Big sister said, “She’s really growing up, she’s turned into a buddy! She used to be really hard to be around!” Others have noticed, too.
We didn’t know where the money would come from to pay for the program, but God was faithful to provide it. But that’s just like Him! And Jan always had a nugget or two for mom’s spiritual growth along the way, but that was just an added bonus God blessed us with. LGS is an amazing program that has completely and thoroughly changed our lives. I will tell anyone who will listen – do this for your children who need it, they are worth the investment. Take the year or two that it takes and work really hard, do the program, make the time!! It was the best gift I could’ve ever given to my sweet girl. She now feels worth it also, it has given her a new lease on life.
She was not the only one to change, the mom that sat on the couch waiting for her parent conference at the very last evaluation was also quite different. No longer hopeless, I was at peace and full of hope and courage for her future. It is a battle, but we can face, fight and beat it; this process has proven that. Thank you, Jan, for all the work and research that’s gone in to this awesome program.”
The following is a testimony regarding an eight year-old boy who had been labeled by a neurologist as “Undiagnosable” but was displaying autistic tendencies as well as other genetic anomalies. He came to Brain Sprints with so many issues that it was difficult to test him and get accurate readings during his initial evaluation:
“We wanted to give you an update on Auggie’s progress since enrolling him back into public school after going through the program. When the teachers and administrators found out he had been home schooled for the last three years, they told us they expected to see some regression.
The last comment made to us by his teacher the other day was, “Auggie will do best if you “mainstream” him as much as possible.” He has been blowing them all away in reading and math and his communication skills continue to improve. Thought you would want to know.”
“My son Will was officially diagnosed with dysgraphia in the 7th grade by a public school diagnostician. He had a post-high school vocabulary and reading level but wrote like a 3rd or 4th grader. He was told that he would never be able to take notes on lectures because it would take too long for his brain to process what he heard and then put it down on paper. Once he wrote something down, it was predicted he would miss one or two of the next points taught!
Will appreciated the label because it was the first time in his life that he believed the learning problems were not his fault. Suddenly, he could believe he was smart and that there was help available to get him through school with coping and compensating strategies. On the other hand, I felt like the diagnosis was a terrible thing. Would he always struggle in school? Would he not be able to go to college? Would he be unable to get a good job to support a family?
Shortly after we learned of Will’s disability I was helping to lead a prayer group in the home of Jan Bedell. When I asked her if she had a job, she explained that she worked with children who struggled with learning. I asked her if she was familiar with the term “dysgraphia.” She shrugged her shoulders as she walked casually into the kitchen saying, “Oh, that’s just because of a disorganized brain.” My jaw dropped to the floor. The “death sentence” my son received seemed to be an easy thing for this lady to understand and to fix!
Within a few months Will had an evaluation and two of his sisters and I went on program to improve our brains. It was a busy four years that followed of doing what seemed like crazy activities. I say it like this because in all my training for a Texas teaching certificate and in all my 15 years of teaching in public, private and home schools I had never heard of neurodevelopment. Nobody had ever taught me about the brain and how to make it work better so learning could be easier.
Today, Will is a successful upper classman at McMurry University in Abilene and his two sisters are making straight A’s with an extraordinary online high school called New American School. My brain is working better, too, because now my closets and cabinets are organized, I can remember a 7 digit phone number and I only rarely lose my keys or sunglasses.”
“This is working!!! We are seeing improvement upon improvement in Allison. She’s not My unreliable, unpredictable, immature little girl anymore, but has blossomed into a very responsible enjoyable 14 year old! I have also used our experience to encourage so many other moms. When God is in the middle of something (and He is in this) the blessings extend far beyond what we ever imagine. Thanks for your ongoing encouragement. It makes all the difference in the world.”