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Dyspraxia

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When we ask of our clients to form the alphabet, this is what Dyspraxia might look like.

Daniel is dyspraxic. When we started working with him he was struggling to talk, seemed clumsy and awkward, his speech was sometimes very hard to understand and when you watched him, you’d think he’s in the wrong body.

Letters of the alphabet, such as W, V, Z or any angular letter could be the most challenging. This didn’t just take a couple of minutes, but was an effort over a couple of days with lots of breaks and alignment exercises, focusing tools and other ways to open new neural pathways.

However, once this had been mastered, a change had taken place on the neurological front and from then on Daniel had no more problems with the other letters. As the days of intensive working with him one-on-one finished after day 5, he was hugely improved.

Now he seems much more at ease in his body, can stand on one leg without wobbling, his speech is greatly improved (with more room for improvement) and he is a much happier boy as a result. Thanks to mum, who continues working with him, he’ll get better and better.

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Learning to Learn

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The video doesn’t use words nor does it need to. It shows something many children (and adults for that matter) have forgotten. Our fast paced world thrives on instant gratification and the video manages to show that manifestation can be almost instant – but is preceded by practising something over and over again. Then it can be mastered all the time, without much effort or time. It shows also the magic of the heart that is needed to create something special.

After a Dyslexia Correction Program too, practise is needed to achieve mastery – and what may start off slowly and labour-some will eventually turn to mastery. Practise makes perfect – especially when it’s not done on auto pilot, but with the infusion of total focus and presence. Then it turns to magic.


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It’s Report Time

 

I love Report Time! It’s the time of year when I get emails like these and I know why I love what I do. I know it is the hard work of these clever individuals that gets them to succeed beyond their own expectations and to keep improving more and more as time goes. I am so proud of them:

Hi Barbara

Just wanted to let you know that Dylan received his first DISTINCTION this semester! Last semester he got a couple of credits too.

Thanks so much for your help and have a great Christmas. (from his mum Catherine)

 

Hi Barbara

 
How have you been? Well, mum and I have been doing great. In fact, I’m about to get my school report back, and I hope I’ll go well.
In school we are doing a project called genius hour. It’s where you get to chose your own subject to research. The minute I heard this I thought this is my chance to show not only my class mates what I have – well, what I am but I can also show my teacher.I have chosen DYSLEXIA!!!!!!!!! The reason I am writing to you is that I need your help. Can you please try and summaries what dyslexia is? I’m struggling to summaries it in a way that my class mates could understand. Can you also please write just a paragraph on me and how I learn and how going to you has had a major impact not only in school but how I feel and how I act.
 
thank you Barbara
I hope to hear from you soon (from Josie)


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What food is really bad for the brain, inhibiting learning and memory?

This may surprise you, but some foods you may consume a lot of can HARM your brain. Especially for children that find it hard to focus, are hyperactive, easily distracted or anxious. 

The obvious culprits are:

Sugar, Preservatives, Additives, Trans-Fats, Mercury, Wheat-based foods and most ingredients in processed foods.

 

What may be less obvious – and just as harmful, are:

Fructose

In a 2012 UCLA study published in the Journal of Physiology, researchers found that a diet high in fructose over time can damage your memory and learning ability.

Beyond the harm to your brain, a high fructose diet can also cause insulin resistance in your body over time, and extra body fat. 

Hmmm – who wants another can of soft drink  or a large bowl of corn syrup sweetened ice cream!

The average person eating a modern western diet of processed food consumes a LARGE quantity of fructose without knowing  about it from all of the soft drinks (high fructose corn syrup typically), sweetened juice drinks, orange juice, processed junk foods such as cakes and candies. It gets added to store-bought salad dressings, breads and cereals, and even ketchup.

Note that many so-called “healthy” sports drinks contain large amounts of corn syrup or even crystalline fructose as their main sweetener.  These sports drinks can be equally as bad as a soda for your body and your brain.  Don’t be fooled by the clever marketing showing pictures of pro athletes guzzling this stuff.

Instead you can choose to make your own homemade salad dressings from your favorite olive oil and vinegar with added spices, or choose to drink unsweetened iced tea with lemon instead of sweetened drinks or juices.  

Natural whole fruits do contain fructose, but generally contain MUCH smaller quantities of fructose than you would consume in a sweetened juice drink, soft drink or sweetened junk foods.  

 

 

 


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Where can I buy the ‘Right Brain for the Right Time’?

I am excited – the book is published!

To get a kindle E-book version, go to:

http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Right-Brain-Time-ebook/dp/B00GXWZLXA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386117147&sr=8-1&keywords=the+right+brain+for+the+right+time

To get a hardcopy, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Right-Brain-Time-Potential-Frustrated/dp/1490916628/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386117307&sr=1-3&keywords=the+right+brain+for+the+right+time

 


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Once Dyslexia, always Dyslexia? Will my child grow out of it?

ImageOnce Dyslexic, always Dyslexic? Will my child grow out of it?

That is a wonderful question and certainly a valid one, if we look at
Dyslexia from the point of the challenges that many children are
facing at school. I truly believe that the gifts far outweigh the
difficulties and will become more apparent in the later stages in
life, often after school, at university or at the right job. Although
children don’t ‘grow out of it’, as much as they don’t grow out of
being creative or intuitive, they learn to use the strengths of their
mindset, choose the areas they excel at and grow in confidence, when
they realise the advantages they have over others. The worst case
would be to shut down their creative, visual abilities in an attempt
to ‘cure’ or ‘fix’ Dyslexia, making them feel wrong.

So the short answer is: Yes, once Dyslexic, you will always be
Dyslexic – thank God for that!  The world will catch up to your
brilliant mind very soon. You are at the right place right now.