(This isn’t Christian, but it looks as though he felt this way)
Christian’s mom stopped me in the entryway. “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 difficulties focusing, behaving appropriately 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 entire world consisted of unsuccessful struggle.
Just two weeks of exercises, however, seems to have put much of that unhappiness behind. Christian’s hard work to behave as well as the parents and teachers consistent efforts, are now making a difference. Both of the parents are professional musicians, who know more than most how pivotal PRACTICE is to success. So they made sure their son did ALL the brain 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 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 some of her son’s exercises before lessons, and says it really makes a difference.
I’m delighted to contemplate how much happier that boy is, and how much better this makes the lives of his parents, teachers, and friends.
More kids have more problems, and the old solutions aren’t working.
Searching for what does work, more adults are coming to Brain Gym and Rhythmic Movement Training classes. Whether it’s
- anxiety and depression leading to suicidal thoughts
(one Nebraska school district with almost 9700 students performed
309 suicide screenings last year; 82 of them in elementary school!),
- learning blocks
- attention and focus
- sensory processing, ASD
- emotional control
- all sorts of behavior issues
- the bullied and the bullies
- suffering from trauma