Christian’s mom stopped me in the hallway. “Not one!” she said, holding up a finger for emphasis. “Not ONE phone call from the principal. Not ONE phone call from the IEP coordinator. Not ONE phone call from the classroom teacher” since their first appointment with me, two weeks before.
Michele hated getting the calls. She’s a super-achiever, very accustomed to hard work resulting in success, she and Christian’s dad had worked hard at parenting, and still their 10 y/o was having some fairly pronounced difficulties focusing, behaving and learning in school.
I’m presuming the professionals equally dreaded making the phone calls, but the one who likely the least happy was the one who couldn’t get a vacation from this reality: the child, whose world consisted of unsuccessful struggle.
Just two weeks of exercises, however, seems to have put much of that unhappiness behind. The child’s hard work to behave, the parent’s and teacher’s consistent efforts, are now making a difference. I’d assigned Brain Gym’s PACE exercises, plus some from Rhythmic Movement Training. Both of the parents in this case are professional musicians, who know more than most how pivotal PRACTICE is to success. With that firmly in their world-view, they made sure their son did ALL the exercises I’d assigned — and his results were stellar! Not only is focusing and behavior easier, but now he can put all that energy into actually LEARNING! A bright kid, he’s going to soar academically as his nervous system develops connections that a ten-year-old should have.
Michele now has her music students doing PACE before lessons, and suggests it before practicing or anything else they’d like to do really well. She says it really makes a difference in how the lessons go.
I’m reminded at how IMPORTANT PRACTICE IS, and delighted to contemplate how much happier that boy is, and how much better this makes the lives of his parents, teachers, and friends.
So, if this sounds like you or a friend — contact me for sessions, or sign up for a Brain Gym or Rhythmic Movement Training class! For me, both have been just about the best bang-for-your-buck that I’ve ever spent.