The following books were pivotal in my understanding on how to work with children from the inside out. I am not selling these, just helping to create an awareness of the resources that are out there. If you do not have any background, I would suggest that both parents and teachers begin with Carla Hannaford's book SMART Moves.
Brain & Neuroplasticity
The discovery of neuroplasticity, that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, is the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years. Dr. Norman Doidge introduces principles we can all use to overcome a number of brain limitations and explores the profound brain implications of the changing brain in an immensely moving book that will permanently alter the way we look at human possibility and human nature.
The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, a description of which appears in the article, Building a Better Brain or in Chapter 2 of the book, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr. Norman Doidge.
Diagnosed in grade one as having a mental block, which today would have been identified as multiple learning disabilities, she read and wrote everything backwards, had trouble processing concepts in language, continuously got lost and was physically uncoordinated. Barbara eventually learnt to read and write from left to right and mask a number of the symptoms of her learning disabilities through heroic effort, however she continued throughout her educational career to have difficulty with specific aspects of learning.Watch her presentation at the TEDxToronto here.
Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children-one out of every six-are diagnosed with autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Robert Melillo, founder of the Brain Balance™ centers, brings a fundamentally new understanding to the cause of these conditions with his revolutionary Brain Balance Program(tm). It has achieved real, fully documented results that have dramatically improved the quality of life for children and their families in every aspect: behavioral, emotional, academic, and social. Disconnected Kids shows parents how to use this drug-free approach at home, including:
Neurophysiologist and educator Dr. Carla Hannaford brings the latest insights from scientific research to questions that affect learners of all ages. Examining the body's role in learning, from infancy through adulthood she presents the mounting scientific evidence that movement is crucial to learning.Dr. Hannaford offers clear alternatives and remedies that people can put into practice right away to make a real difference in their ability to learn.She advocates more enlightened educational practices for homes and schools including: a more holistic view of each learner; less emphasis on rote learning; more experiential, active instruction; less labeling of learning disabilities; more physical movement; more personal expression through arts, sports and music; less prescribing of Ritalin and other drugs whose long term effects are not even known.
Rhythmic Movement Training is a motor training program developed on the basis of the spontaneous rhythmic movements that infants normally do. Dr Harald Blomberg has based his program on rhythmic exercises that he learnt in 1985 from a Swedish body therapist, Kerstin Linde. Experience from working with severely motor handicapped children made him conclude that the spontaneous rhythmic baby movements are of fundamental importance both for motor abilities and for development of many faculties e.g. speech, emotions and vision and are necessary for the maturation of the infant´s brain.
When Rhythmic Movement Training is used with children and adults with less severe challenges it will improve motor abilities and motor control such as coordination, muscle tone and integration of primitive reflexes. Additionally many people have noticed improvement in different areas such as speech, vision and difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, reading and writing. According to the hypothesis of Dr Harald Blomberg this improvement can be explained by the stimulation and linking up of different parts of the brain caused by the rhythmic exercises.
To be effective the rhythmic exercises need to be done regularly at least five days a week. Depending on the progress of the client the exercises need to be developed or replaced by follow up movements on a regular basis.
The books below are written by Barbara Pheloung, founder of Move to Learn ®, an internationally recognized provider of a range of information, services and products to enable people to overcome learning difficulties (or learning disabilities). Barbara Pheloung, the founder of Move to Learn, has spent over 35 years gathering and developing techniques which have helped thousands of children to go on to complete their education and achieve high standards of literacy and numeracy. Together with her colleagues, Barbara developed the Move to Learn Movement Program, which has been shown to initiate dramatic improvements in a student’s ability and capacity to learn.
Children don't come with instructions. They also don't come with a five-year money-back guarantee. Nor do babies come in carefully dehydrated, precooked packages to which you simply add milk and love and who then will automatically grow into competent adults. Your two-year-old will most likely run gleefully out the front door - naked as the day he was born! The four-year-old will call you dirty names, and the teen will drag race on Main Street on Friday night! When the little darlings start acting like children and not like the perfect angels of our fantasies, it is time to do some detective work. Is the child going through a phase, or is there an underlying problem? But a problem is not a problem if you can fix it - whether we are raising our children or helping those of the global village. This book deals with connections, not just single answers. Whether we are exploring behavior problems, learning disabilities, attention problems, delinquency or drug use, rarely does just one remedy apply. Neither do all remedies apply to every child. Even if only one of the many approaches suggested in this book helps only one child in a hundred, and that happens to be your child, or a child in your acquaintence, this may be the most important book you ever read.
Too many children are labeled autistic who are simply poorly organized neurologically. On the other hand there are many labeled "emotionally disturbed " or "behavior problem child" who could get help if their behavior was recognized as falling within the vast spectrum of autism. This ranges in intensity from complete withdrawal to ADD.
Neurologists have mapped the function of just about every millimeter of the brain, but we tend to forget that everything in the brain interacts, and what is more important, that there is a whole child attached to this brain! Svea Gold has collected much of this research and juxtaposed the findings with the work of those who have actually worked with and changed the lives of autistic children.
This video describes the techniques that Svea Gold has found to help autistic children to function in our world. It includes the research, the therapeutic whole-brain approach and the techniques she uses to test each child to discover the causes of their problem and to determine the methods most likely to help each particular child.
These books, by Sally Goddard Blythe are foundational for understanding the role reflexes play in learning. If you have to choose only one, I would read the Well Balanced Child.
The following books are some of many that describe using Brain Gym with children both in the home and in the school setting.
Nutrition / Biomedical Interventions
Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD is an authoritative, comprehensive, and easy-to-read resource guide to a wide range of therapies that have been useful in the treatment of autism including antifungal and antibacterial therapies, gluten and casein restriction, homeopathy, vitamin therapy, gamma globulin treatment, transfer factor therapies, treatment of food allergies, and alternatives to antibiotic therapy. The information in this book may be useful not only in the field of autism but also in virtually any disorder in which some of the symptoms of autism are sometimes or frequently present. This book is available in both hard copy and online for free here.
Julie Matthews, widely respected autism nutritionist, provides intense research and extensive clinical nutrition experience in this comprehensive guide. Readers are given practical steps for dietary intervention and a roadmap for getting started, evolving, and customizing the varied approaches.
Parents & Caregivers, Physicians & Nutritionists will learn the following:
* A clear understanding of why diet affects behavior, cognitive ability, symptoms. * The scientific rationale for autism diets and supplementation. * Positive effects of autism-specific nutrition and biochemistry and healing. * How to choose a diet, get started, measure effectiveness, reach goals. * Dietary options; including GFCF, SCD/GAPS, Body Ecology, Feingold, Low Oxalate, & more. * Creative ways to help picky eaters with kid-approved strategies
Nourishing Hope for Autism is the most comprehensive and helpful guide to Autism Nutrition and Dietary Intervention. In easy to understand terms, the author explains the impact of nutrition on the biochemistry of children with autism and how special autism diets affect healing.
Readers will understand the connection between certain foods, the digestive system, and the influences on the child's brain. Parents and autism physicians around the world are using Nourishing Hope for Autism to guide their nutrition/diet focused interventions that help bring about real recovery results---improvement in cognitive ability, physical pain, digestive problems, rashes, speech, eye contact and aggression.
This book is a must have reference for autism diet success.
With this booklet the author wants to spread information regarding the latest scientific findings about gluten related disorders. Nowadays scientists differentiate between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is diagnosed with blood tests and intestinal biopsy. Gluten sensitivity cannot be diagnosed with blood tests and biopsy, only by observing how clinical symptoms improve by excluding gluten. The two conditions cannot be differentiated clinically since their symptoms are similiar. It is believed that gluten sensitivity is at least six times more widespread than celiac disease. There are scientists who believe that the frequency of fluten sensitivity may be as high as 30% among people in the West. Since the 1950's it has been know that gluten can cause abdominal symptoms of pain and loose stools. Additionally researchers have demonstrated that gluten can cause many other symptoms like anemia, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, auto immune diseases and cancer. According to some researchers, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity does not primarily affect the gut but the brain and the nervous system. These disorders are common causes of headaches, migraine, attention and learning problems, depression, obsessive compulsive symptoms and neurological diseases such as dementia and ataxia.
A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems. Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch. After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.
Equipping Minds Workbook Cognitive Development Curriculum and Training DVD
A day by day curriculum designed for cognitive development including
working memory, visual processing, auditory processing, attention,
logic, comprehension, and more. Cognitive development exercises with
increasingly difficult levels. Classroom connection activities,
instructional methods, and study skills included. This workbook is
designed for use in the regular or special education classroom, clinic,
or home environment. Watch the one hour presentation/demonstration with Autism Society of the Bluegrass on improving working memory.
In this unique collaboration, the authors bring to life the theory of mediated learning. Through numerous examples and scenarios from classrooms and museums, they show how mediated learning helps children to become more effective learners. Readers learn the steps in the process, including analyzing the child's problem, teaching the child to focus on the difficulty, and using the techniques of mediated learning to enable the child to overcome the learning challenge. This is the first book to present Feuerstein's groundbreaking work in accessible language with copious examples of practice. With this volume, educators and administrators will have a reliable and practical way to understand the place of mediated learning in today's schools.
While self-talk like ''Now we are buckling you in the car seat so we can go to the store'' is common parental practice, this book shows how teachers, parents, and therapists can take this to higher levels to advance language cognitive development and learning potential. Based on neuroscience and their own innovative work, the authors provide the rationale and a step-by-step process for using intentional self-talk and think-aloud methods to improve both language and cognitive development in normal and language-delayed children, as well as in older individuals with disabilities. Stories are sprinkled throughout the text to demonstrate mediated self-talk in action and the remarkable results achieved with real children. With clear guidelines for delivery, content, and timing, the crucial core of the process is to narrate thinking, action, and emotion in the presence of children without requiring their response. Book Features: Addresses the growing numbers of children entering school with ''language poverty,'' describes the concept of mediated soliloquy (MSL), or self-talk, with individuals or classrooms who should use it and when, where and how it can be applied, and expected outcome, and illustrates the use of MSL for specific language disorders and to improve both language and interpersonal function with children exhibiting delays, disabilities, spectrum behavior, and social/emotional difficulties.
Elementary Mathematics is Anything but Elementary My colleague Dr. Damon Bahr and I wrote this text to prepare preservice teachers for today''s
classroom, ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS IS ANYTHING BUT ELEMENTARY: CONTENT
AND METHODS FROM A DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE is a comprehensive program
that delivers both a content and a methods text. Serving as a
professional development guide for both pre-service and in-service
teachers, this text''s integrated coverage helps dissolve the line
between content and methods--and consequently bolsters teachers''
confidence in their delivery of math instruction. A strong emphasis on
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics five core standards
provides key information common to most state curricula relative to NCTM
standards for pre-K through sixth grade. In addition, text content is
based on thorough elementary mathematical scope and sequences that have
been shown to be an effective means for guiding the delivery of
curriculum and instruction.
Do you have a student that is struggling in your class? Perhaps you are a resource teacher or math specialist and need a way to figure out how your student is dealing with numbers developmentally. It is important to meet these children where they are to be able to provide them instruction in their zone of proximal development (ZPD). This assessment that I designed will help you pinpoint exactly where to start working with your student and then guide you to know which experiences will be most effective in helping to fill in the gaps. A variety of forms are provided in this manual to make data collection and tracking easy.
I discovered everything I learned in this website while researching to write this book. I wanted to simply make a book where students get up and move to learn mathematics, but I had no idea what new world I would uncover.
Get your students excited about math by getting them out of their seats and exploring it in a whole new way. Students need to move in order to learn, some more than others, learn why. Organized by tool, this book contains 50 lessons that get children moving and away from their desks while they are learning mathematics.
This manual provides the theory and specific steps to develop concept imagery, the ability to image a gestalt (whole) from language. It describes the important questioning techniques that stimulate mental imagery, so the teacher can learn to help students visualize language and verbalize what they have imaged. This imagery-language connection is essential for oral and written language comprehension, as well as critical thinking.
The V/V® Manual includes sample lessons, step summaries, illustrations, and useful tips for implementing V/V® instruction. This second edition is updated and revised, offering more than 100 pages of new material. Despite the wealth of new information, this edition is offered at the same great price the V/V® Manual has held for the last twenty years.
Reading is the single most important skill for any child to develop. And the key to learning how to read effectively is recognizing the sounds that letters and words represent. With the help of the revolutionary system known as Phono-Graphix™, you and your child can discover the sound-picture code that is the foundation of the written English language. An effective and easy-to-understand approach, Phono-Graphix enables you to teach your child to read in one-tenth the time of phonics with a 100 percent success rate. In just eleven weeks, you can bring your kindergartner to first-grade-level reading -- even learning-disabled children can reach grade level or higher in just twelve weeks. Reading Reflex provides you with: * Simple diagnostic tests to determine your child's reading level, and a Literacy Growth Chart so you'll know what goals to establish * Detailed instructions and illustrations to help your child develop strong, consistent reading skills and to correct ineffective reading strategies such as part-word reading and memorizing * Fun and easy-to-follow exercises, hands-on materials, worksheets, stories, and games that you and your child can do together * Enjoyable lessons that are carefully constructed to meet the interests and capabilities of children of all ages
Putting it Together
Written by Kathy Johnson based on her experience since the year 2000 helping people from the age of 6 to 70 overcome their issues with learning. While there is no silver bullet, outlined in this book a process, or Roadmap if you will, to determine what may be contributing to the problem with learning, and how to get help. Each chapter includes a success story, a quiz to see if this chapter may relate, general information, and finally lists of resources - online, do-it-yourself, and professionals.